The Uconn Huskies are looking to rebound after a tumultuous 3-9 season in 2013. New head coach Bob Diaco opens the 2014 season against a solid/proven BYU team. The Huskies are looking to improve in what most would consider a rebuilding year. UConn needs to come out of the gate swinging. Opening up the season with a win against the Cougars would be a great start to the year.
Coach Diaco has already begun the transformation for the Huskies, cutting senior running back Lyle McCombs during the spring. The decision came in response to “an ongoing lack of meeting the expectations of a member of the student body and of the team,” Diaco said.
Moving forward without McCombs will not be an easy task for the Huskies. McComb has been the Huskies’ leading rusher the past three seasons . The only other running back with significant playing experience is junior Max Delorenzo who rushed for 349 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. The Huskies will likely have to lean on their very talented incoming freshmen corps.
The offensive side of the ball will be the main focal point for Diaco and his coaching staff to make adjustments during this offseason. The Huskies ranked in the bottom three in every major offensive statistical category. The Huskies need to do a better job balancing their run game with the pass, and that all starts with the offensive line.
Offensive coordinator Mike Cummings will also serve as offensive line coach. Cummings was previously the offensive coordinator for Central Michigan University as well as the O-line position coach. While at Central Michigan, the Chippewas averaged 6.2 yards per play ranking them 2nd in the MAC. Their front line let up less then 15 sacks, ranking them 17th in the nation. Cummings also helped coach the no. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Eric Fisher. Cummings’ offensive acumen will give the Huskies a great boost on that side of the ball.