Monday, November 28, 2016 (Issue #3)
by Octavias Mckoy, Sports Writer
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It has been a tumultuous season for the University of Connecticut Huskies football team. What started off as promise in the spring has evolved into a living nightmare for Husky Nation. The current season has showcased its fair share of ups and downs.
For starters the Huskies hold a (3-7) overall record. Eliminating them for any bowl game consideration. They are currently sixth in the American Athletic Conference standings with a 1-6 East Division record.
This past weekend, the Huskies had a well needed bye week; in order to stop the bleeding while they currently ride a four game losing streak. For the season, the Husky offense is only scoring 16.5 points per game while allowing opponents to tally up on average 26.9 points per game. An old coach of mine used to say, “If you can’t score, you can’t win!” and the UConn Huskies aren’t outscoring opponents, so the negative results are inevitable.
Despite not being able to put points on the board, the Husky offense is moving the ball, on average, 341.1 yards per game on offense. UConn has a 78% success rate in the red zone, but only 37% of these successes resulted in touchdowns meaning they’re settling for field goals. Field goals will not win games at the college level. UConn has to do a better job punching it in for six when they’re inside the 20-yard line. On a positive note, the Huskies are perfect on point after attempts (PAT), going 18 for 18.
“An old coach of mine used to say, “If you can’t score, you can’t win!” and the UConn Huskies aren’t outscoring opponents…”
One thing that sticks out about the Husky football team is that they have only scored a total of nine points in the first quarter this season. That’s a horrifying statistic when you take into consideration that they’ve played a total of 10 games thus far this season. The Huskies need to have a better effort early in games in order to turn this season around.
Arkeel Newsome and Noel Thomas account for 2,262 of the Huskies all-purpose yardage with Newsome averaging 113.2 YPG and Thomas averaging an even 113.0 YPG. On defense Obi Melifonwe leads the Husky defense with 83 total tackles for the season.
“What started off as promise in the spring, has evolved into a living nightmare for Husky Nation.”
All UConn can do with the remainder of this year is build towards the future. They look to get back on track and end their four game losing strike when they take on Boston College this Saturday 11/19 at 1: 00 p.m. EST in Massachusetts.