The start of UConn’s 2019 football season is just nine days away. Thanks to some real-life conference realignment news this summer, the season will have some interesting subplots as the Huskies complete their final year as members of the American Athletic Conference.
Unfortunately, expectations are low at the moment. Heading into year three of the Randy Edsall Reclamation Project, there is not much reason to expect anything to be significantly better than last year’s one-win performance, or the previous season’s three-win campaign.
Last year, a great senior quarterback propped up an inconsistent offense and the defense was one of the worst in college football history. The offense will almost definitely take a step back with David Pindell gone and the defense will be hard-pressed to improve enough to make up for that loss.
If you look really hard, there are some signs of progress. Edsall has recruited talented players, like defensive tackle Travis Jones, who are mostly still underclassmen but getting valuable reps. The staff also brought in transfers and junior college players, like linebackers DJ Morgan and Dillon Harris, who will be playing key roles this season.
While expectations are low, Randy Edsall needs to prove this program is heading in the right direction in 2019. His job doesn’t depend on it, but fans can only tolerate so much non-competitive football.
This year’s schedule is going to be a challenging one. We’ve got a preview coming in the next few days for each FBS opponent. By our unofficial measurement, here’s how they shake out:
Really Should Win
Not Likely But Plausible
Almost Certain Loss
UCF, USF, Cincinnati - The AAC East Heavyweight preview
We’ll also be previewing every UConn position group:
Offensive line - Possibly the rock of the offense
Quarterbacks - Mike Beaudry named starting quarterback
Pass-catchers - Almost completely new faces at WR and TE
Running backs - A key part of the offense
Defensive front seven - The reason we have hope for defensive improvement
Defensive backs - Should be better, we hope
Special teams - All hail Luke Magliozzi
Our football coverage will be spearheaded by Luke Swanson, recently of the Daily Campus, along with myself, Daniel Connolly and Dan Madigan. Ian Bethune will be on the photo and video, as always. Feel free to reach out to any of us on Twitter or in the comments section with feedback, requests, or hate mail!