With the NCAA’s new rule that players could see action in up to four games without losing their redshirt. UConn football’s lack of depth forced them to use plenty of freshmen for the first quarter of the season but now, head coach Randy Edsall decided to put 15 of the 25 on the bench for the rest of the year to give them an extra season when they’re properly developed.
Of those that actually played, defensive lineman Pierce DeVaughn, offensive lineman Christian Haynes, wide receiver Heron Maurisseau, defensive backs Jalon Ferrell and Jordan Morrison and linebacker Hunter Webb will be redshirted. Running back Dante Black may play if needed at running back but won’t exceed the four-game limit.
The freshmen that will continue to be featured include defensive linemen Travis Jones, Jonathan Pace and Lwal Uguak, linebacker Kevon Jones and defensive backs Ryan Carroll, Shamel Lazarus, Jeremy Lucien, Keyshawn Paul, Oneil Robinson and Messiah Turner.
Edsall was in favor of the rule before the season but feels it’s been taken advantage of. Instead of coaches using it to give freshmen a chance to see some college action, upperclassmen are using it to see what their role is once the season starts and transferring if they’re unhappy, according to the coach.