Big East Football: Huskies Quarterback Carousel Could Derail Chance at Repeat

Luke LavoieContributor IISeptember 7, 2011

Replacing last year's starting quarterback Zack Frazer has proved more difficult than the Huskies anticipated.
Replacing last year's starting quarterback Zack Frazer has proved more difficult than the Huskies anticipated.Elsa/Getty Images

Since the departure of Dan Orlovsky, the UConn Huskies have experienced seismic instability at the quarterback position. Despite experiencing their most successful season in their short history in 2010, earning their first Big East Championship and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, the Huskies still featured three different players at quarterback.

In early October senior Zach Frazer lost his starting job to junior Cody Endres due to injury and poor play. It didn't take long for Endres to falter, as he was suspended for the remainder of the 2010-11 season for violating team policy. After Endres' suspension, Frazer had to wrestle the starting job away from third stringer Michael Box, ultimately finishing the season as the Huskies' starting quarterback. 

But even before 2010, the Huskies had experienced a number of quarterback battles under head coach Randy Edsall, and as Edsall departed in the offseason for the University of Maryland, many fans hoped the quarterback controversies would go with him. 

Unfortunately, for UConn fans, the Paul Pasqualoni era looks to be much of the same.

The good news for the Huskies is they have multiple intriguing options at starting quarterback.

The bad news for the Huskies is going into their Week 2 matchup against Vanderbilt, Paul Pasqualoni still hasn't named a starter.

In the Week 1 warm-up against 1AA opponent Fordham, the Huskies featured not two but three players under center. Junior Johnny McEntee started and played the majority of the game while true freshman Michael Nebrich spelled him for a bit in the first half. In the fourth quarter the Huskies went with running quarterback Scott McCummings, who ironically was the only one of the three to throw a touchdown pass.

It's not unusual for a coach to treat a team's first game, especially against an opponent like Fordham, as preseason. But to think that the Huskies are going down to SEC country with this quarterback carousel is a little alarming. 

Pasqualoni has stated multiple times that he won't make a decision until the choice is clear. But as the season begins to wear on, Pasqualoni may be forced to choose sooner than he might like.

Just as it looked like McEntee was going to emerge as the favorite by completing 8 of 12 passes for 113 yards in the victory against Fordham, McCummings opened eyes in the fourth by using his arm and his legs to make plays.  

No team that I can remember has had any success with even two guys getting regular snaps, let alone three. The chances of the Huskies repeating as Big East Champions with a triumvirate at quarterback are slim if at all. It seems that Paul Pasqualoni's first real test comes in the form of multiple choice. Let's just hope he doesn't choose d. All of the above.