2019 UConn Huskies football team

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2019 UConn Huskies football
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
Record2–10 (0–8 American)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorFrank Giufre (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorLou Spanos (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumRentschler Field
(Capacity: 40,632)
Seasons
← 2018
2021 →
2019 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 21 Cincinnati xy   7 1     11 3  
No. 24 UCF   6 2     10 3  
Temple   5 3     8 5  
South Florida   2 6     4 8  
East Carolina   1 7     4 8  
UConn   0 8     2 10  
West Division
No. 17 Memphis xy$   7 1     12 2  
No. 20 Navy x   7 1     11 2  
SMU   6 2     10 3  
Tulane   3 5     7 6  
Houston   2 6     4 8  
Tulsa   2 6     4 8  
Championship: Memphis 29, Cincinnati 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 UConn Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut (UConn) during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies were led by head coach Randy Edsall, who was in the third year of his second stint as head coach at the school. The team played their home games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, and competed as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 2–10, 0–8 in AAC play to finish in last place in the East Division. The 2019 season was the Huskies' last as members of the American Athletic Conference.

Preseason

Coaching changes

In January 2019, head coach Randy Edsall announced the hiring of Lou Spanos to be the new defensive coordinator, replacing the fired Billy Crocker.[1] Spanos had spent the 2018 season as an analyst at Alabama. In February, offensive coordinator John Dunn unexpectedly left to join the staff of the New York Jets. Offensive line coach Frank Giufre was promoted to become the new offensive coordinator.[2]

Personnel changes

On July 30, 2019, it was announced that linebacker Eli Thomas was retiring from football after suffering a stroke.[3]

AAC media poll

The AAC media poll was released on July 16, 2019, with the Huskies predicted to finish sixth in the AAC East Division.[4]

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 UCF 169 (19)
2 Cincinnati 157 (11)
3 USF 107
4 Temple 101
5 East Carolina 66
6 UConn 30

Schedule

UConn's 2019 schedule began with three non-conference games: at home against Wagner of the Northeast Conference, at home against Illinois of the Big Ten Conference, and on the road against Indiana, also of the Big Ten Conference. Their fourth non-conference game came mid-season against rival UMass, a football independent. In American Athletic Conference play, the Huskies played the other members of the East Division and draw Houston, Navy, and Tulane from the West Division. They did not play Memphis, SMU, or Tulsa as part of the regular season.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 297:00 p.m.Wagner*ESPN3W 24–2119,648
September 73:30 p.m.Illinois*
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSNL 23–3123,108
September 2112:00 p.m.at Indiana*BTNL 3–3840,084
September 287:00 p.m.at No. 22 UCFESPN2L 21–5644,164
October 512:00 p.m.South Florida
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSNL 22–4818,038
October 123:45 p.m.at TulaneESPNUL 7–4917,040
October 1912:00 p.m.Houstondagger
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
ESPNUL 17–2419,760
October 263:30 p.m.at UMass*NESN/NESNPlus/FloSportsW 56–3512,234
November 18:00 p.m.Navy
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
ESPN2L 10–5616,659
November 93:30 p.m.at No. 20 CincinnatiCBSSNL 3–4838,919
November 2312:00 p.m.East Carolina
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
ESPN3L 24–3112,084
November 303:30 p.m.at TempleCBSSNL 17–4926,083

Source:[5]

Roster

2019 Connecticut Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Art Thompkins GS
WR 3 Garrison Burnett Redshirt.svg So
QB 4 Steven Krajewski Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 6 Kevens Clercius Fr
QB 7 Micah Leon Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Cameron Ross Fr
RB 10 Zavier Scott Redshirt.svg So
QB 11 Jack Zergiotis Fr
QB 12 Mike Beaudry GS
WR 15 Donovan Williams Sr
WR 19 Quayvon Skanes Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 26 Stanley Little Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 28 Dante Black Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 30 Donevan O'Reilly Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 34 Kevin Mensah Jr
RB 35 Dominico Moncion Redshirt.svg So
RB 36 Khyon Gillespie Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 38 Lavarey Banton Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 40 Jayce Medlock Fr
OL 50 Dylan Niedrowski Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 51 Peter Rooney Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 53 Brian Keating Jr
OL 54 Robert Holmes Redshirt.svg So
OL 55 Stanley Hubbard III Redshirt.svg So
OL 56 Nino Leone Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 60 Ben Bonvicini Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 61 Douglas Wardlaw So
OL 62 Noel Ofori-Nyadu Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 64 Christian Haynes Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 65 Matt Peart Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 70 Cam DeGeorge Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 71 James Tunstall Redshirt.svg So
OL 72 Rayonte Brown Fr
OL 73 Brendan Casey Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 74 Ryan Van Demark Jr
OL 75 Chase Lundt Fr
OL 79 Noel Brouse Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 80 Heron Maurisseau Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 82 Mason Donaldson Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 83 Ardell Brown GS
WR 84 Elijah Jeffreys Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 85 Justin Morehead Jr
WR 87 Cameron Hairston Redshirt.svg So
WR 88 Matt Drayton Fr
WR 89 Michael Freeman Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 91 Jay Rose Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Myles Bell Fr
LB 5 Terrence Ganyi Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 6 Eddie Hahn Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 8 Jalon Ferrell Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 13 Messiah Turner So
DB 14 Tahj Herring-Wilson Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 16 Malik Banks Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 17 Oneil Robinson So
DB 18 Abiola Olaniyan Redshirt.svg So
DB 20 Robert King III Redshirt.svg So
DB 21 Jeremy Lucien So
LB 22 Eli Thomas Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 24 Keyshawn Paul So
DB 25 Tyler Coyle Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 27 Omar Fortt Jr
LB 29 Jordan Morrison Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 31 Malik Dixon Fr
DB 32 Shamel Lazarus Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 33 Hunter Webb Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 37 Kyle Williams Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 38 Winston Jules Fr
DB 39 Ryan Carroll So
LB 41 D.J. Morgan GS
LB 42 T.J. Gardner Redshirt.svg So
LB 43 Jackson Mitchell Fr
DB 44 Ian Swenson Redshirt.svg So
LB 45 Ryan Gilmartin Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 46 AJ Garson Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 47 Justin Bryant Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 47 Ventine Richardson Fr
LB 48 Kevon Jones So
LB 49 Rhakim Williams Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 52 Caleb Thomas Redshirt.svg So
DL 57 Travis Jones So
LB 58 Dillon Harris Jr
DL 59 Andrew Migliaccio Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 68 Justin Moore Fr
DL 69 Ryan Fines GS
DL 93 Pierce DeVaughn Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 95 Eric Watts Fr
DE 96 Dalmont Gourdine Fr
DL 97 Jonathan Pace So
DL 98 Lwal Uguak So
DL 99 Jeff Woods Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 49 Clayton Harris Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 66 Jeffrey Sidebotham Redshirt.svg Jr
P 81 Brett Graham Redshirt.svg Jr
K 92 Noah Iden Redshirt.svg Fr
P 99 Luke Magliozzi Redshirt.svg So


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: June 12, 2019

Game summaries

Wagner

Wagner Seahawks at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 14721
Huskies 7 3 14024

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: August 29, 2019
  • Game time: 7:04 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73 °F (23 °C) • Wind: 7 NW • Weather: Clear skies
  • Game attendance: 19,648
  • Referee: Edwin Lee • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Jeff Priutt • Line Judge: Colin Gaynor • Back Judge: Chris Bikowski • Field Judge: Glen Wilson • Side Judge: Matt Waldron
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Doug Sherman (play-by-play) & Tyoka Jackson (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Illinois

Illinois Fighting Illini at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Fighting Illini 0 24 7031
Huskies 10 3 7323

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 7, 2019
  • Game time: 3:38 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F (24 °C) • Wind: 9 NW • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 23,108
  • Referee: George Blum • Umpire: Roger Day • Linesman: Brett Bergman • Line Judge: Michael Sharp • Back Judge: Arthur Lucky • Field Judge: Phil Hicks • Side Judge: Rich Fahnestock
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Dave Ryan (play-by-play) & Corey Chavous (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Indiana

UConn Huskies at Indiana Hoosiers  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 3 0 003
Hoosiers 7 10 14738

at Memorial StadiumBloomington, Indiana

  • Date: September 21, 2019
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) • Wind: 8 SSW • Weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 40,084
  • Referee: Daniel Capron • Umpire: Ed Feaster • Linesman: Sergio DeHoyos • Line Judge: John Wiercinski • Back Judge: Kevin Schwartze • Field Judge: Matt Kukar • Side Judge: Bobby Sagers
  • TV announcers (BTN): Lisa Byington (play-by-play) & Jeremy Leman (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

UCF

UConn Huskies at UCF Knights  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 71421
No. 22 Knights 28 14 14056

at Spectrum StadiumOrlando, Florida

  • Date: September 28, 2019
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 83 °F (28 °C) • Wind: 13 ENE • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 44,164
  • Referee: A. Calabrese • Umpire: J. Akers • Linesman: B. Ballester • Line Judge: D. Bush • Back Judge: J. Sima • Field Judge: J. Reif • Side Judge: W. Lug
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Roy Philpott (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (color) & Lauren Sisler (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

South Florida

South Florida Bulls at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulls 7 20 71448
Huskies 0 14 0822

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 5, 2019
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind: 8 N • Weather: Crisp
  • Game attendance: 18,038
  • Referee: C. Lamertina • Umpire: M. Powell • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Stephen Ray • Back Judge: Jerry Walter • Field Judge: Rick Santilli • Side Judge: Matt Hill
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Rich Waltz (play-by-play) & Aaron Murray (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Tulane

UConn Huskies at Tulane Green Wave  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 077
Green Wave 14 14 14749

at Yulman StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 12, 2019
  • Game time: 3:47 p.m.
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C) • Wind: 9 N • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 17,040
  • Referee: Henry Johns • Umpire: Bill Lamkin • Linesman: Todd Riddick • Line Judge: Tracy Jones • Back Judge: Peter Buchanan • Field Judge: Glenn Crowther • Side Judge: Eric Hartman
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Kevin Brown (play-by-play) Andre Ware (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Houston

Houston Cougars at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cougars 3 7 7724
Huskies 0 7 3717

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C) • Wind: 0 • Weather: Brisk
  • Game attendance: 19,760
  • Referee: Adam Savoie • Umpire: William Thomas • Linesman: Dan Harrington • Line Judge: James Bryant • Back Judge: Mark Windham • Field Judge: Ryan Robinson • Side Judge: Chris Bikowski
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mike Corey (play-by-play) & Rene Ingoglia (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

UMass

UConn Huskies at UMass Minutemen  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 14 21 71456
Minutemen 7 14 7735

at Warren McGuirk Alumni StadiumHadley, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 26, 2019
  • Game time: 3:35 p.m.
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C) • Wind: 6 NNE • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 12,234
  • Referee: Edwin Lee • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Jeff Pruitt • Line Judge: Colin Gaynor • Back Judge: Victor Firth • Field Judge: Glen Wilson • Side Judge: Matt Waldron
  • TV announcers (NESN/FloSports): Mike Crispino (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst) & Adam Giardino (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

Navy

Navy Midshipmen at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Midshipmen 14 14 141456
Huskies 7 3 0010

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: November 1, 2019
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C) • Wind: 11 NW • Weather: Husky
  • Game attendance: 16,659
  • Referee: A. Calabrese • Umpire: Jeff Akers • Linesman: Baron Ballester • Line Judge: Dan Bush • Back Judge: James Sima • Field Judge: Jame Reif • Side Judge: William Lug
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Dave LaMont (play-by-play), Jim L. Mora (color analyst) & Paul Carcaterra (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

Cincinnati

UConn Huskies at Cincinnati Bearcats  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 033
No. 17 Bearcats 14 24 3748

at Nippert StadiumCincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: November 9, 2019
  • Game time: 3:32 p.m.
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C) • Wind: 1 NNW • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 38,919
  • Referee: Adam Savoie • Umpire: William Thomas • Linesman: Dan Harrington • Line Judge: Colin Gaynor • Back Judge: Chris Bikowski • Field Judge: Mark Windham • Side Judge: Ryan Robinson
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Rich Waltz (play-by-play) & Aaron Murray (color analyst)
  • Box Score
Game information

East Carolina

East Carolina Pirates at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Pirates 10 7 7731
Huskies 7 0 71024

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: November 23, 2019
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 40 °F (4 °C) • Wind: 9 W • Weather: Gorgeous Fall Day
  • Game attendance: 12,084
  • Referee: Edwin Lee • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Jeff Pruitt • Line Judge: James Bryant • Back Judge: William Lug • Field Judge: Glen Wilson • Side Judge: Byron Adams
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Robert Lee (play-by-play) & Matt Chatham (color analyst)
  • Box Score
Game information

Temple

UConn Huskies at Temple Owls  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 14 3 0017
Owls 7 7 28749

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 30, 2019
  • Game time: 3:35 p.m.
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C) • Wind: 4 N • Weather: Partly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 26,083
  • Referee: Hank Johns • Umpire: Michael Prowell • Linesman: Baron Ballester • Line Judge: James Bryant • Back Judge: Peter Buchanan • Field Judge: Mark Windham • Side Judge: Ryan Robinson
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): John Sadak (play-by-play) & Malik Zaire (color analyst)
  • Box Score
Game information

Players drafted into the NFL

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
3 99 Matt Peart OT New York Giants

References

  1. ^ "UConn names Tide analyst Lou Spanos as defensive coordinator". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Anthony, Mike (February 8, 2019). "Mike Anthony: UConn offensive coordinator John Dunn leaving to join Jets as tight ends coach". Hartford Courant.
  3. ^ "STATS Hosted Solution | News Story - UConn's Thomas won't return to football after stroke - NCAA Football - Football". hosted.stats.com. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Page, Fletcher. "Media picks UCF to win AAC, ranks UC second in East Division". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ "2019 UConn Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
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