Not even one week into summer practices, the new UConn offense has already made headlines. Unfortunately, it's the exact kind of news that every football team currently taking baby steps towards a new season hopes to avoid.
As told by the team's twitter account, Scott McCummings tore his left Achilles during last Sunday's practice and thus, will be out for the year. McCummings was recently moved from behind center to wide receiver, where the team expected to better utilize his athleticism and knowledge of the offense. A passing stat line of 6-12 for 159 yards and a couple touchdowns summarized the last two seasons he spent competing for the quarterback job. The job he ended up winning instead—leading the beloved Wildcat package— gave way to 417 yards rushing and seven scores.
And a lot of smashed TV sets in the local area, whenever George DeLeone called for him to enter the game following a first down.
Reportedly, McCummings gained 30 pounds this past off-season, which put him at an earth-denting 257 lbs. Should he have stayed healthy, McCummings very well could’ve become the widest wide receiver to ever suit up. Instead, he’s now earned more time to sit around and chow down before what will be his final collegiate season in 2014.
The remaining quarterbacks contending to direct T.J. Weist’s new offense are Chandler Whitmer, Casey Cochran, Tim Boyle and Richard Lagow. After just a handful of practices, Whitmer remains the undisputed favorite. Meanwhile on the outside, Shakim Phillips and Geremy Davis appear to still be holding onto the starting reins.
Check back tomorrow for our report on the Huskies’ first practice open to the public running from 3-5:30 p.m.