Expert Q&A 2020 UConn Football

So, exactly HOW does a program bounce back from a 2-10 season? What does it take? There’s a lot of question marks for just where the UConn football program is going. But we’ve got an expert to help us figure it out.

Alex Putterman covers UConn football and the broader Huskies athletic department for the Hartford Courant. He also reports feature and enterprise stories on a range of issues related to sports in Connecticut, such as youth sports and sports media. Before joining The Courant in 2018, he contributed to publications including The Atlantic, VICE, MLB.com and Awful Announcing.

Overall, how do you believe the offense will compare to the 2019 season?

I think UConn’s offense will be a little better in 2020 than it was in 2019. Two-time 1,000-yard rusher Kevin Mensah is back, as are top receivers Cam Ross and Matt Drayton, and the two most likely starting quarterbacks (Jack Zergiotis and Steven Krajewski) will be a year older and, theoretically, better. The one, potentially serious, issue is the offensive line, which has lost three starters and a lot of its depth from last year.

What do you expect from the QB position in 2020?

It’s very hard to know! Jack Zergiotis, who started most of last season but threw more picks than touchdowns, split first-team reps during spring practice with Steven Krajewski, and Micah Leon could get a chance as well once his shoulder fully heals. It’s very hard to say who will play and how the group will perform.

How do you see the workload at RB being distributed?

I wouldn’t be shocked if Kevin Mensah leads the nation in carries. He has rushed for 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons and, crucially, there’s pretty much no one behind him. The choices to back him up are true freshmen (Nate Carter is one to watch), walk-ons, or a sophomore with one career carry who is currently suspended (Khyon Gillespie).

What do you think the distribution will be to the WR/TE’s?

Cam Ross should be the team’s leading receiver once again. Matt Drayton and Heron Maurisseau are other guys to watch. Maybe Elijah Jeffreys or Cam Hairston will take a step forward. At tight end, Jay Rose will start, backed up by Jayce Medlock. Both should catch a fair number of passes.

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