2021 UConn Huskies football team

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2021 UConn Huskies football
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
ConferenceIndependent
Record1–11
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorFrank Giufre (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorLou Spanos (2nd season; first 2 games)
Jarren Horton (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumRentschler Field
(capacity: 40,632)
Seasons
← 2019
2022 →
2021 NCAA Division I FBS independents football records
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Notre Dame       11 2  
No. 19 BYU       10 3  
Army       9 4  
Liberty       8 5  
New Mexico State       2 10  
UMass       1 11  
UConn       1 11  
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2021 UConn Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut (UConn) in the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies competed as an independent, having left the American Athletic Conference following the 2019 season. They played their home games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

On September 5, following the team's 38–28 loss to FCS-school Holy Cross, head coach Randy Edsall announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.[1] The following day, the school announced that Edsall had resigned effective immediately and defensive coordinator Lou Spanos was named the interim head coach.[2][3]

On November 11, former UCLA coach Jim L. Mora was named the school's 31st head coach beginning with the 2022 season. Shortly after the hire he helped serve as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the season.[4]

The team finished the season 1–11.

Previous season

The Huskies finished the 2019 season 2–10, 0–8 in American Athletic Conference (AAC) play, to finish in last place in the East Division. The 2019 season was the Huskies' last as a member of the AAC. The Huskies did not compete in the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Departure from the American

In June 2020, it was announced that UConn's other sports programs would be joining the Big East Conference. Since the Big East does not sponsor football and the American did not want to keep UConn as a football-only school, it was decided that the football program would compete as an FBS Independent.[6] The move to the Big East was primarily due to the university wanting to focus more on the men's and women's basketball programs, feeling the move to the American had hindered those programs.[7]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 28 2:00 p.m. at Fresno State CBSSN L 0–45 26,043
September 4 12:00 p.m. Holy Cross CBSSN L 28–38 18,782
September 11 3:00 p.m. Purdue
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSN L 0–49 14,817
September 18 12:00 p.m. at Army CBSSN L 21–52 25,030
September 25 3:30 p.m. Wyoming
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSN L 22–24 12,538
October 2 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt ESPNU L 28–30 21,218
October 9 3:30 p.m. at UMass NESN L 13–27 12,765
October 16 12:00 p.m. Yale
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSN W 21–15 18,596
October 22 6:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSN L 13–44 10,698
November 13 12:00 p.m. at Clemson ACCN L 7–44 77,522
November 20 4:00 p.m. at UCF ESPN+ L 17–49 37,454
November 27 12:00 p.m. No. 24 Houston
  • Rentschler Field
  • East Hartford, CT
CBSSN L 17–45 12,685

Source [8]

Roster

2021 Connecticut Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Keelan Marion Fr
WR 3 Heron Maurisseau Redshirt.svg So
WR 4 Matt Drayton So
WR 5 Aaron Turner Fr
WR 7 Cameron Ross So
QB 8 Steven Krajewski Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Darius Bush Fr
QB 10 Micah Leon Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 11 Jack Zergiotis So
QB 12 Tyler Phommachanh Fr
QB 13 Miles Foerster Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 14 Elijah Jeffreys Redshirt.svg So
WR 15 Mark Didio Fr
RB 25 Devontae Houston Fr
RB 26 Nathan Carter Fr
RB 28 Brian Brewton Fr
RB 30 Robert Burns GS
RB 34 Kevin Mensah Sr
RB 36 Khyon Gillespie Redshirt.svg So
WR 39 Hayden Jordon Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 42 Kevin Dunn Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 44 Max Modeste Fr
TE 45 Christopher Johnson Fr
OL 50 Dylan Niedrowski Redshirt.svg So
OL 51 Peter Rooney Jr. Redshirt.svg So
OL 52 Yakiri Walker Fr
OL 53 Sidney Walker Jr
OL 60 Mason Raymer Fr
OL 61 Jesse Polansky Fr
OL 62 Noel Ofori-Nyadu Redshirt.svg So
OL 64 Christian Haynes Redshirt.svg So
OL 67 Christopher Fortin Fr
OL 69 Will Meyer Fr
OL 70 Femi Sakiri Fr
OL 71 Valentin Senn Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Rayonte Brown Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 74 Ryan Van Demark Sr
OL 75 Chase Lundt Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 76 Jonathan Pace Jr
OL 77 Robby Rochester Fr
OL 79 Danny Antolovich Fr
TE 80 Jayce Medlock So
TE 81 Jay Rose Sr
TE 82 Brendan Heatherman Fr
TE 83 Brandon Niemenski Fr
WR 84 Jacob Flynn Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 85 Russell Dixon Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 86 Kevens Clercius Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 87 Cameron Hairston Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 88 Josh Tracey Fr
WR 89 Jahkai Gill So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 0 Reyan Blake Fr
DB 2 Myles Bell So
DB 3 Diamond Harrell Sr
LB 5 Terrence Ganyi Redshirt.svg So
LB 6 Ian Swenson Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 7 Tre Wortham Jr
DB 8 Jalon Ferrell Redshirt.svg So
DL 9 Langston Hardy Fr
DB 12 Kaleb Anthony Fr
DB 14 Malcolm Bell Fr
LB 15 Tui Faumuina-Brown Fr
DB 16 Malik Banks Redshirt.svg So
DB 17 Stan Cross Fr
DB 18 Jaylen Jones Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 19 Durante Jones Fr
DB 20 Deon Mclean Jr. Fr
DB 21 Jeremy Lucien Jr
DB 22 Alfred Chea Fr
DB 23 Juan Rosario So
LB 24 Desmond Fogle Fr
LB 27 Omar Fortt Sr
LB 29 Jordan Morrison Redshirt.svg So
DB 31 Malik Dixon Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 32 Shamel Lazarus Redshirt.svg So
LB 33 Hunter Webb Redshirt.svg So
DB 37 Kyle Williams GS
DB 38 Winston Jules Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 40 Deondrick Speight Fr
LB 41 D.J. Morgan GS
LB 43 Jackson Mitchell So
LB 46 John Bechtle Fr
LB 47 Justin Bryant Redshirt.svg So
DL 48 Kevon Jones Jr
DL 55 MarQuayveon Evans Fr
DL 56 Carter Hooper Fr
DL 57 Travis Jones Jr
LB 58 Dillon Harris Sr
DL 65 Aaron Lange Fr
DL 68 Justin Moore Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 90 Pryce Yates Fr
DL 91 Collin McCarthy Fr
DL 93 Pierce DeVaughn Redshirt.svg So
DL 94 Nick Harris Fr
DL 95 Eric Watts So
DL 96 Dal'mont Gourdine Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 98 Lwal Uguak Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 17 Blake Otto Fr
LS 53 Brian Keating Sr
LS 59 Nilay Upadhyayula Fr
LS 63 Kevin Cahill So
K 84 Joe McFadden Fr
K 92 Noah Iden Redshirt.svg So
K 97 Noe Ruelas Fr
P 99 Haydn Kerr Fr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Frank Giufre
    Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
  • Jarren Horton
    Defensive Coordinator/Star, Nickel, Dime
  • Eddie Allen
    Special Teams Coordinator
  • Kyle Weiss
    Running Backs
  • Corey Edsall
    Tight Ends
  • Darrell Perkins
    Defensive Backs
  • Dennis Dottin-Carter
    Defensive Line
  • Aaron Smith
    Wide Receivers
  • Mike Moyseenko
    Quarterbacks
  • Jim Mora
    Offensive assistant

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

Roster
Last update: June 7, 2021

Game summaries

at Fresno State

UConn Huskies at Fresno State Bulldogs  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 000
Bulldogs 7 24 7745

at Bulldog StadiumFresno, California

  • Date: August 28
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 90 °F (32 °C) • Wind: 4 SE • Weather: Smoke
  • Game attendance: 26,043
  • Referee: T. Salaam
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (color), and Lindsay Rhodes (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information
Statistics UConn FRES
First downs 9 25
Total yards 107 538
Rushing yards 35 156
Passing yards 72 382
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 29:03 30:57

Holy Cross

Holy Cross Crusaders at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Crusaders 7 17 7738
Huskies 14 7 7028

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 4
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) • Wind: None • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 18,782
  • Referee: Jeff Pruitt
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Ed Cohen (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (color), and Tina Cervasio (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information
Statistics HC UConn
First downs 19 18
Total yards 363 262
Rushing yards 226 88
Passing yards 137 174
Turnovers 1 4
Time of possession 33:13 26:47

Purdue

Purdue Boilermakers at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Boilermakers 7 28 14049
Huskies 0 0 000

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field • East Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 80 °F (27 °C) • Wind: None • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 14,187
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Ed Cohen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color), and Josh Martin (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information
Statistics PUR UConn
First downs 29 11
Total yards 562 223
Rushing yards 187 124
Passing yards 375 99
Turnovers 0 1
Time of possession 34:34 25:26

at Army

UConn Huskies at Army Black Knights  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 14721
Black Knights 14 28 7352

at Michie StadiumWest Point, NY

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 78 °F (26 °C) • Wind: NW 5 MPH • Weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 25,030
  • Referee: Jerry Magallena
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Jason Horowitz (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst) & Tina Cervasio (sideline)
  • Box score
Game information
Statistics UConn ARMY
First downs 9 24
Total yards 225 504
Rushing yards 116 397
Passing yards 109 107
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 19:24 40:36

Wyoming

Wyoming Cowboys at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 3 71424
Huskies 10 3 0922

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field • East Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73 °F (23 °C) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 12,538
  • Referee: Timothy Hedgepeth
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Ed Cohen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst) & Josh Martin (sideline)
  • Box score
Game information
Statistics WYO UConn
First downs 22 19
Total yards 353 281
Rushing yards 204 110
Passing yards 149 171
Turnovers 2 1
Time of possession 35:29 24:31

at Vanderbilt

UConn Huskies at Vanderbilt Commodores  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 6 10 01228
Commodores 3 14 01330

at Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee

Game information
Statistics UConn VAN
First downs 26 23
Total yards 515 439
Rushing yards 184 106
Passing yards 331 333
Turnovers 2 2
Time of possession 28:10 31:50

at UMass

UConn Huskies at UMass Minutemen  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 10 0 0313
Minutemen 7 0 31727

at Warren McGuirk Alumni StadiumHadley, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 64 °F (18 °C) • Weather: Overcast • Wind: E 8 MPH
  • Game attendance: 12,765
  • Referee: Hank Johns
  • TV announcers (NESN): Jay Burnham (play-by-play), Andy Gresh (analyst) and Matt Goldstein (sideline)
  • Box score
Game information
Statistics UConn UMass
First downs 14 21
Total yards 291 407
Rushing yards 163 247
Passing yards 128 160
Turnovers 3 0
Time of possession 20:49 39:11

The day before the game, interim head coach Lou Spanos, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Frank Giufre, and tight ends coach Corey Edsall, along with offensive linemen Ryan Van Demark and Will Meyer, tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive line coach Dennis Dottin-Carter served as the Huskies' head coach for the game.[9]

Yale

Yale Bulldogs at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulldogs 0 0 9615
Huskies 0 14 7021

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field • East Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 75 degrees Sunny
  • Game attendance: 18,596
  • Referee: Hans Wittelsberger
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Jason Knapp (play-by-play) & Ross Tucker (color)
  • Box score
Game information
Statistics YALE UConn
First downs 16 15
Total yards 299 318
Rushing yards 108 119
Passing yards 191 199
Turnovers 4 0
Time of possession 31:35 28:25

Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Blue Raiders 3 21 101044
Huskies 0 13 0013

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field • East Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 22
  • Game time: 6:02 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 10,698
  • Referee: Mike Roche
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): John Sadak (play-by-play) & Randy Cross (color analyst)
  • Box score
Game information
Statistics Middle Tennessee UConn
First downs 30 16
Total yards 473 304
Rushing yards 155 67
Passing yards 318 237
Turnovers 0 3
Time of possession 37:22 22:38

at Clemson

UConn Huskies at Clemson Tigers  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 7 0 007
Tigers 10 20 7744

at Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 12:03 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 59 °F (15 °C) • Weather: Sunny • Wind: W 9 MPH
  • Game attendance: 77,522
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCN): Wes Durham (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (color analyst), and Taylor Davis (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information
Statistics UConn Clemson
First downs 6 26
Total yards 99 476
Rushing yards -17 129
Passing yards 116 347
Turnovers 2 2
Time of possession 23:16 36:44

at UCF

UConn Huskies at UCF Knights  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 14 0317
Knights 21 14 01449

at Bounce HouseOrlando, Florida

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73 °F (23 °C) • Weather: Cloudy • Wind: SW 14 MPH
  • Game attendance: 37,454
  • Referee: Tim Rich
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Conner Onion (play-by-play) & Leger Douzable (color analyst)
  • Box Score
Game information
Statistics UConn UCF
First downs 17 23
Total yards 311 537
Rushing yards 137 280
Passing yards 174 257
Turnovers 3 1
Time of possession 32:30 27:30

No. 24 Houston

Houston Cougars at UConn Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cougars 7 14 17745
Huskies 0 10 0717

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field • East Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 12:08 p.m.
  • Game weather: 39 degrees Sunny
  • Game attendance: 12,685
  • Referee: Tom Omara
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (color analyst), and Tina Cervasio (sideline)
  • Box score
Game information
Statistics Houston UConn
First downs 21 16
Total yards 472 238
Rushing yards 149 82
Passing yards 323 156
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 31:16 28:44

References

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