“I just saw the way he came in and handled the offense and what he’s done,” Edsall said explained. “We sat down with the offensive staff and talked with them and after evaluating all those things that we’ve seen, it was time to make a decision and now we’re going to move forward.”
In Storrs by way of Lackawanna Community College, Pindell quickly impressed Edsall upon his arrival in Storrs.
“The presence he has for himself has been really impressive,” Edsall said at American Conference Media Day in July. “Watching him and how he goes about his business, he’s a hard worker and he puts the time and effort in to be the best he can.”
Pindell beat out redshirt senior Bryant Shirreffs, who has started 20 games over the last two season, and true freshman Marvin Washington, a signing-day commit who flipped from UCF. Allowing him to take hold of the starting job with a few weeks until the season allows Edsall and his staff to get Pindell ready for the season.
“This week we’re gonna start to put in some preparation for some other things that we’re going to see during the year,” he said. “Now you give him this next two and a half weeks to gel and to mesh and to really get comfortable with each other,” he later added.
The offense will now begin to take shape in a way that is built around Pindell.
“We can start to tailor some things that he does well,” Edsall said. “We’ve installed a lot of things already but now we can kind of hone in on what his strengths are, what the other strengths are for the guys on offense and be able to start working those things a little bit more and integrating the other things.”
Edsall and his staff are fully confident Pindell, a junior, is the man to lead this way this season and, ostensibly, the next one as well.
“He’s a very diligent guy and a guy who will spend the time on the field, in the meeting room, watching film, doing the things necessary to be a quarterback and he’s a guy that has the ability to throw the ball and run the ball so he gives you a lot of different dimensions that a lot of people don’t. “