By DESMOND CONNER, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
5:06 PM EST, November 9, 2013
EAST HARTFORD — They are 0-8.
That's zero wins, eight losses for the UConn football team after Friday's night 31-10 loss to No.20 Louisville at Rentschler Field.
"It's frustrating," junior receiver Geremy Davis said after the game. "It's frustrating for me, for the seniors, for the coaches. We work so hard just to come and lose; that's not the plan so it's just something we've got to overcome and just move on to the next game."
If you look at the mess the Huskies (0-4 American) have been, plus who they still have left on their schedule in SMU, Temple, Rutgers and Memphis, is it not plausible this team could go winless? It's unfortunate, but UConn is already recognized as one of this season's worst FBS teams — and it can get worse.
The Huskies failed to respond to the national TV lights, another opportunity against a ranked opponent on its home field, and to another team putting up points. They have lost nine straight since the 23-20, triple overtime win at Louisville last season.
Every week, it is clear the coaches have devised a game plan to help make the players feel confident about doing something they can succeed with, and be consistent with, long enough to win a game. However, the Huskies are constantly beset by killing themselves.
They're rolling down the field on their first drive, on the ground no less, and Martin Hyppolite fumbles the ball away at the 10. Who knows what happens if the Huskies go in and score there. It was the game's opening drive and, subsequently, the defense held the high-flying Cards.
What happens on the next possession? Three-and-out and Cole Wagner's punt is blocked and the ball is picked up and returned for a touchdown.
That kind of stuff has buried the team all season. Some of it is due to youth and inexperience. Some of it is due to a lack of big-play personnel and some of it is due to coaching, because they're not getting through to the players enough to get the team to play better.
It is what it is this season. Will the program need a complete reset next season? Who knows, but for the rest of the 2013 season the Huskies really do need to try to string some wins together. They have to play better across the board and on Friday night, Game 8, the Huskies looked a long way from doing that.
Oh and eight.
UConn interim coach T.J. Weist once again said he and the staff will re-evaluate the play of freshman quarterback Tim Boyle, who was 14 of 29 for 113 yards, three interceptions and is still in search of his first touchdown pass since taking over the starting role in Game 5.
"You know, the passing game wasn't where I wanted it to be or where the coaches wanted it to be I don't think, but that's something that we're going to have to watch film [on] and fix," Boyle said.
Boyle has eight interceptions this season. His issue has been indecision and not getting the ball out fast enough. Against Louisville, he had to get the ball out super quick and didn't. That contributed to his being sacked five timesl.
"He's got to do a better job throwing the football, handling the offense. He's just got to get better at it," Weist said. "We're not committed to anybody who's not playing up to their level so we'll re-evaluate it. If we have to make some decisions on who our quarterback is, and if we keep him there, we're going to look at the film and make the best decision to the team.
"I'm going to meet with our staff. I'm going to put pressure on him and then the quarterbacks and decide what's best for our team, who is the best quarterback. ... I'm not committed to any player."
Boyle said he hasn't done his job to "the best of my ability" in his first four starts.
"It's tough. We play a lot of good teams since I've been starting," Boyle said. "I don't really look at games and see what I did well, I see more what I didn't do well so I can try to fix it. I mean, just seeing defenses, seeing blitzes, seeing when I'm hot and stuff like that is something that I'm going to have to really work on this next week. Just getting the ball down, trying to get the nerves out. But I don't really see myself doing too much good out there, which is a personal problem that I'm having right now and I need to fix, and that's my goal this week."
Foxx Suffers Stinger
Junior receiver Deshon Foxx, who took a vicious hit in the first quarter resulting in a 15-yard personal foul against the Cardinals' Calvin Pryor, doesn't have a concussion after all.
"It was a stinger. ... You know, No. 25 [Pryor] is a good player." Weist said. "He's a heck of a hitter, very physical. As I told our guys, Pryor is the heart of their defense because he hits so hard and he hits so physical and he gets helmet-to-helmet contacts because he leads with his shoulder. I was just watching. He leads with his shoulder. Deshon put his head down like any offensive guy would and they went helmet to helmet and he got a stinger. He was there on the sideline and we thought he could go back in but it never went away."
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