EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut football coach Paul Pasqulaoni is counting on first-year offensive coordinator T.J.Weist this season.
The Huskies debuted Weist’s offense in the Blue and White Spring football game Saturday at Rentschler Field with mixed results.
The final score of the controlled scrimmage was 6-0 after two Bobby Puyol field goals of 46 and 20-yards. UConn didn’t divide up the roster into two teams because of injuries.
“It could have been more exciting, “ Weist said. “We know we have talent. We’ve got playmakers. Our job is to put it together and put them in position to make plays.”
Quarterback Chandler Whitmer was 8 of 14 for 140 yards and an interception. Backup Casey Cochran was 7 of 18 for 101 yards and Scott McCummings was 1 of 6 for 9 yards.
“With a new coordinator, it’s a different attitude and different approach,” Whitmer said. “That’s something we need to bring. We were lethargic last year and didn’t have enough energy. That’s the biggest thing (Weist) brings in.”
The Huskies passing game included Whitmer finding Deshon Foxx three times for 70 yards. Freshman wide receiver Dhameer Bradley made a 53-yard catch to account for the big play in the game.
The rushing game struggled with two-year starter Lyle McCombs carrying the ball four times for only 2 yards. Defensive end Tim Willman had three tackles and two sacks to lead the defense.
The Huskies are coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons with struggling offenses. Pasqualoni relieved long-time assistant George DeLeone of the play-calling duties after the offense ranked 110th in the NCAA last year at 318 yards per game. UConn was 117th among 120 teams in rushing yards per game.
Weist worked on Butch Jones’ staff at Cincinnati and previously was the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.
“Today was a scaled-down version,” Pasqualoni said. “I think it was typical of way spring games go.”
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