The UConn Huskies are coming off a terrible loss to ECU and have entered a breaking point in their season. They must win all three of their final games in order to become bowl-eligible and tonight they face the toughest opponent in that stretch.
You can check out our preview here, in the meantime, here is what to watch for:
Changes to the offense
Although David Corley replaced Frank Verducci as the offensive coordinator, Bob Diaco said in his weekly press conference that major scheme changes were not coming to the offense. However, that doesn’t mean the offense will remain exactly the same.
Look for changes in play-calling style, especially in the redzone as well as usage of personnel. It’s also possible that we may see a quarterback change, whether it be senior Garrett Anderson or possibly even freshman Donovan Williams.
Multiple sources at UConn: Huskies taking the redshirt off QB Donovan Williams. He will start tonight against Temple.— Neill Ostrout (@NeillOstrout) November 4, 2016
Based on pre-game drills it looks like Bryant Shirreffs will get start at QB but Donovan Williams could be used for 1st time this year— Jim Fuller (@NHRJimFuller) November 4, 2016
Noel Thomas chasing history
The lone bright spot in what has been a mostly disappointing season, senior wide receiver Noel Thomas is on the cusp of history at UConn. He has 83 catches this season, becoming just the second receiver in school history to eclipse the 80-catch mark in a season.
In all likelihood, Thomas will break Mark Didio’s school record for receptions in a single season with 88 and there’s a very good chance it will happen tonight. He needs just six catches to break it, a mark that he has surpassed in every game this season.
Looking to bounce back
There’s no denying that last week’s loss to ECU was one of the worst in recent memory. Luckily, it only counts for one loss and the Huskies aren’t technically eliminated from bowl contention just yet. Diaco has shown the ability to keep his team motivated and if he can get them to have a short memory, an upset is within the realm of possibility. If not, hold on because this one might get ugly.
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