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2009 Connecticut Huskies Football Preview

2009 Connecticut Huskies season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Connecticut Huskies football preview as well as the 2009 Connecticut Huskies Football Schedule. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

Coach: Randy Edsall (11th year at Connecticut)
Team Name: Huskies
2008 Overall Record: 8-5
Returning Starters: 12

The last two seasons, the Connecticut Huskies (8- 5 overall, 3- 4 Big East) have been to two bowl games, after finishing first in the Big East in 2007 and fifth in 2008. Last year, the Huskies went to the International Bowl where they beat Buffalo 38- 20. This season, they may not be good enough to take the Big East, but they are good enough to go to their third bowl game in a row.

QB Zach Frazer (83 ATT, 46 COMP, 536 YDs, 8 INTs, 2 TDs), who is now a junior, looks ready to start. He’ll be learning a new no-huddle scheme under new coordinator Joe Moorhead. The point of the new scheme is to offer a more balanced attack. Last year the Huskies were ranked 109th on the pass (139.7 YPG) and 13th (214.6 YPG) on the rush. Top wideout recruit Dwayne Difton is on-board and ready to contribute immediately. He the best recruit the Huskies have ever snagged. Sophomore wide receiver Kashif Moore (27 REC, 273 YDs, 1 TD) looks like he could have a breakout season. The running game will need to make up for the loss of David Brown and his 2,083 yards and 18 touchdowns. In his frosh season, tailback Jordan Todman (47 ATT, 298 YDs, 3 TDs) averaged 6.7 yards per carry in limited action. This could be a big year for him. Overall, the frontline looks sound.

The 22nd ranked Husky defense held opponents to 19.8 PPG. They were 16th versus the rush and ninth against the pass. The linebacking unit is exceptional with OLB Scott Lutrus (106 TKLs, 9 TFL, 1 INT), OLB Lawrence Wilson (73 TKLs, 5 TFL, 3 INTs) and MLB Jasper Howard (60 TKLs, 3 TFL, 4 INT) simply capable of making massive plays at any time. The D-line has lost Cody Brown and his 11 sacks and 5.5 TFL and Julius Williams and his 7 sacks and 6 TFL. Although this frontline is young, they are talented and do have experience. The secondary has lost some important talent and could be challenged this season.

The team had six punts blocked last season and must ensure that doesn’t happened again in 2009. The Huskies’ return game is sound with Todman (24.2YPR) and Darius Butler (23.5) running back kicks and Howard (10.9 YPR) punts. Kicker Dave Teggart is extremely accurate, hitting 16-of-16 extra points and 13-of-15 placekicks. Punter Desi Cullen is an asset.

Coach Randy Edsall (58- 60 in ten years at Connecticut) has made the Huskies a winner three of the last five seasons. Last year, the team ran off five wins straight before going on to lose five of their last seven. This season, they have a very difficult schedule that includes North Carolina on September 12, Baylor on September 19 and Notre Dame on November 21. The good news is that the club plays four of its seven conference games at home. This is a good club with the potential to put up more wins than loses and attend a mid-to low-tiered bowl game.

Connecticut Huskies Football Schedule

Date Team Opponent Site Line Total Points Opp Points
9/5/2009 Connecticut Ohio away        
9/12/2009 Connecticut North Carolina home        
9/19/2009 Connecticut Baylor away        
9/26/2009 Connecticut Rhode Island home        
10/10/2009 Connecticut Pittsburgh away        
10/17/2009 Connecticut Louisville home        
10/24/2009 Connecticut West Virginia away        
10/31/2009 Connecticut Rutgers home        
11/7/2009 Connecticut Cincinnati away        
11/21/2009 Connecticut Notre Dame away        
11/28/2009 Connecticut Syracuse home        
12/5/2009 Connecticut South Florida home        

 

For more info on the 2009 Connecticut Huskies football program, view the Huskies football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.

 

2009 Big East Football Team Previews

All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 09 college preview page.

If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. With only 1 starter back on defense can Brian Kelly get his Bearcats back to the BCS? Will Wannstedt choke away another season with loaded talent? Is Rutgers' schedule just too easy for them not to win the Big East crown?

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