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Michael Beaudry named UConn starting quarterback

Randy Edsall made the announcement early Tuesday morning.

NCAA Division II Men’s Football Championship
Beaudry playing in the Division II national championship game two years ago.
Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

It will be a tall task to fill the shoes of David Pindell, but Michael Beaudry will be the one stepping up to the task. On Tuesday morning, head coach Randy Edsall announced on Twitter that Beaudry will be the starter as the team begins preparing for Wagner in the season opener.

In 2017, Beaudry put up over 3,000 passing yards with 29 touchdowns as he led Division II West Florida to the national championship game. In 2018, he broke his foot in the first game and missed the entire rest of the season.

Beaudry joined the Huskies this past offseason as a graduate transfer and is expected to have two years of eligibility at UConn assuming he receives an extension for a sixth year given his injury.

This year, he will have a great group of running backs to hand the ball to and a set of talented but unproven receivers to work with. In front of him, the offensive line could be pretty good, and it appears the Husky offense will be a run-first attack which lightens some of the pressure.

Beaudry will have an opportunity to scale his adjustment from Division II to FBS with the opening game against FCS Wagner. But he’ll have to adjust quickly with two Big Ten opponents after that and the challenging AAC slate.