Sunday wrap: Pasqualoni eyes offseason

Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee (18), left, throws during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee (18), left, throws during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

John F. Silver

UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni held his Sunday wrap-up call and it turned into an offseason call as well as the Huskies regroup from a loss to Cincinnati and no bowling for the second straight season.

Pasqualoni touched on a variety of topics including the coaching staff, and did say he was going to begin evaluations soon and “in a timely manner.”

What that means for the coaching staff and his confidante in George DeLeone as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach remains to be seen.  The Huskies finished the season with the No. 109 ranked offense in the nation and the No. 10 ranked defense. 

That disparity is hard to get around. Trying to figure out what happened and why is the first task.

“Right now the No. 1 area you have to address is recruiting,” Pasqualoni said. Having said that, there is urgency to get to the quality control aspect and having discussions and conversations what did not go well and spend your time on that. We will go through the quality control end of it and address all the issues we got to address and get process started as soon as we can.”

Pasqualoni also mentioned the turnover margin — -13 on the season — as a major source of the problems and also wants to take a very close look a the run game in perhaps the most obvious statement of the call.

The Huskies were banged up after the Cincinnati game with Ty-Meer Brown, Angelo Pruitt, Tim Willman, Shamar Stephen, Yawin Smallwood all hurt after the game. Nothing is going to linger, and Chandler Whitmer seems OK at quarterback.

Pasqualoni still believes the Huskies have the structure to win at UConn with the facilities and stadium a cornerstone of the program. What they need is to to upgrade the talent on the roster.

“We are going to keep working. At the end of the day it is all about personnel. Recruiting and building the program the right way with the right players.You lose as many as close games you lost, you are missing bowl games by a small margin, I got to do a better job all the way around. We got to do a better job coaching and recruiting.”

As far next season. Pasqualoni likes the developmental players. He’s really high on DT Mykal Myers and injured E.J, Norris as stalwarts on the line. He rattled off a list of defensive players and the strength of this team will continue to be on that side of the ball.

On offense? Two young offensive linemen to watch are Tyler Samra and also offensive tackle Richard Levy. Levy is a player I have heard mentioned several times by teammates and Sio Moore singled him out as a player several weeks ago. the Huskies could use an offensive linemen in the worst way.

As far as the most concerning positions? Tight end is obvious and the Huskies are actively trying to sign several. They already have three committed and are still looking at JUCO players. Also, corner is an obvious concern with the loss of Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz.

Pasqualoni is concerned about the size of David Stevenson and Taylor Mack (both under 5-10) and I would expect some larger players at that position in the spring. The Huskies aren’t going to play with two corners that size next season.