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Current and Former UConn Football Players React To Randy Edsall’s Return

Huskies of both past and present voiced their opinions after the hiring.

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On Wednesday, UConn announced that Randy Edsall would be returning for a second stint as the head coach of the football team. His first run, from 1999-2010, ended in a BCS Bowl berth for the Huskies and status as the program’s most successful coach.

Many players, current and former, took to Twitter after the news was announced and just about all of them were positive.

Current Cowboys safety Byron Jones, UConn’s most recent first round pick and unofficial world record holder in the broad jump, was excited about the opportunity for UConn.

UConn’s other first round pick, Donald Brown, a running back from 2005-2008 who played under Edsall, felt the same way.

Former quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who UConn has desperately seeking a qualified successor for, echoed each of these players. He’s spent a great deal of time with Edsall as of late, given Edsall’s post with the Lions, where Orlovsky has played for the past three seasons.

It wasn’t only former players who are excited about the hire, either. Tight ends Tyler Davis and Tommy Myers gave hints they’re happy about the move.

Freshly graduated players Bobby Puyol and Noel Thomas both urged fans to support the team even if the coach wasn’t the one they wanted.

Some, including former offensive lineman and current The UConn Blog staffer Dalton Gifford, were not as positive about the hire. And rightfully so, Gifford committed to Edsall, only for him to leave by the time he got to campus.

No matter what, it is Edsall’s team now and UConn fans would be best served giving him a chance. While the way he left is undeniably horrible, it takes some guts to come back, knowing the scrutiny he would endure at the start. Winning cures everything, and if he can get UConn back to being a consistent seven or eight-win team I think we’d all prefer that to what we saw over the past six years since his departure.