Gametime: UConn Preparing to Host URI

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2009

EAST HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 12:  Zach Brown #47 of the North Carolinia Tar Heels breaks up a pass intended for Isiah Moore #83 of the Connecticut Huskies on September 12, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Huskies will return home this Saturday to face off against the Rams of Rhode Island.  This is a game that UConn is heavily favored going into and should win.  Although the Rams should not be taken lightly, after all the CAA has hung tough with some BCS conference teams this year.

Heading into this game UConn will continue to do what is working.  That is the running game led by Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon.  They have already both gone over the 100 yard mark twice in the same games.  An accomplishment never done until this season.

Facing less stiff competition look to possibly see UConn try and open it up through the air attack.  It is a perfect opportunity to se if quarterback Cody Endres can connect with some of his young and talented wideouts downfield.

Endres is looking to go out and to play to his potential.  With Zach Frazer still out overcoming a knee injury, Endres is leading this team and trying to prove to the coaching staff that he deserves to be the starter.

What has been one of the leading success stories of this team early on in the season is its defense.  The defensive unit is key to the UConn gameplan and its ability to cause turnovers make it that much easier for the offense to score points.

Robert McClain and Jasper Howard have played well in the secondary.  Up front Witten, Williams, and Reyes have stuffed the run and pressured the quarterback.  For the most part the Huskies have missed their leader at linebacker in Scott Lutrus.

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Lutrus sustained a neck stinger, and still is having lingering nerve issues that has prevented him from playing.  He is questionable this week, and with a weak opponent don't rush to see him back on the field until Pittsburgh on October 10.

Right now the keys for the Huskies is to go out and execute.  Most of the team is trying to either get healthy or remain keeping up the hard work and intensity.

One group to watch on Saturday is the offensive line.  UConn's bigs on the line led by Mike Hicks and Moe Petrus do an outstanding job at opening up holes for the running backs.  These guys never get enough credit, but the work they do on the field is why UConn can run the ball and be effective game in and game out.

These should be a nice warm-up game for the Huskies.  Following a bye week next weekend the Huskie have a date at Pittsburgh on the 10th of October which should be an early match to show who is ready for Big East action.

This weekend should be a good confidence booster Huskies in a route 41-3. 

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