2016 Connecticut Huskies football team

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2016 Connecticut Huskies football
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
Division East Division
2016 record 3–9 (1–7 The American)
Head coach Bob Diaco (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Frank Verducci (games 1–9) (2nd year)
David Corley (games 10–12) (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter (3rd season)
Home stadium Rentschler Field
(Capacity: 40,632)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Temple xy$   7 1         10 4  
No. 19 South Florida x   7 1         11 2  
UCF   4 4         6 7  
Cincinnati   1 7         4 8  
Connecticut   1 7         3 9  
East Carolina   1 7         3 9  
West Division
Navy xy   7 1         9 5  
Tulsa   6 2         10 3  
Memphis   5 3         8 5  
Houston   5 3         9 4  
SMU   3 5         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Temple 34, Navy 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Connecticut Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They played their home games at Rentschler Field. They were led by third-year head coach Bob Diaco. They finished the season 3–9, 1–7 in American Athletic play to finish in a three way tie for fourth place in the East Division.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 p.m. Maine* Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT ASN W 24–21   29,377
September 10 3:30 p.m. at Navy Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSSN L 24–28   31,501
September 17 1:30 p.m. Virginia* Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT SNY W 13–10   31,036
September 24 1:00 p.m. Syracuse* Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT CBSSN L 24–31   31,899
September 29 8:00 p.m. at No. 6 Houston TDECU StadiumHouston, TX ESPN L 14–42   40,873
October 8 11:30 a.m. Cincinnati Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT CBSSN W 20–9   24,169
October 15 7:00 p.m. at South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL CBSSN L 27–42   30,297
October 22 12:00 p.m. UCFdagger Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT (Civil Conflict) ESPNews L 16–24   28,008
October 29 12:00 p.m. at East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC ESPNews L 3–41   41,370
November 4 7:00 p.m. Temple Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN2 L 0–21   22,316
November 19 1:00 p.m. at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ACCN Extra L 0–30   36,220
November 26 4:00 p.m. Tulane Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNews L 13–38   20,764
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[1]

Roster[edit]

2016 Connecticut Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Hergy Mayala So
WR 2 Tyraiq Beals So
RB 3 Ron Johnson Jr
QB 4 Bryant Shirreffs (C) Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 5 Noel Thomas Sr
QB 7 Garrett Anderson Sr
WR 8 Aaron McLean So
QB 9 Tyler Davis Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 11 Nate Hopkins Fr
QB 12 Brandon Bisack Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 15 Donovan Williams Fr
QB 16 Will Rishell Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 18 Brad Westmark Redshirt.svg So
WR 18 Brian Lemelle Sr
WR 19 Quayvon Skanes Fr
F 20 Jasen Rose Fr
RB 22 Arkeel Newsome Jr
WR 23 Keyion Dixon Fr
RB 24 Ja'Kevious Vickers Fr
RB 28 Tahj-Anthony Wilson Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 34 Teddy Allmendinger Fr
RB 44 Rick Bartone Fr
RB 48 Jason Thompson Redshirt.svg So
OL 53 Andreas Knappe (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 56 Nino Leone Fr
OL 60 Ben Bonvicini Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 61 Tom Tabur Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 62 Tommy Hopkins Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 63 Ryan Crozier Redshirt.svg So
OL 65 Matt Peart Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 67 Bryan Cespedes Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Cam DeGeorge Fr
OL 71 Richard Levy Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 72 Brendan Vechery Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 73 Steve Hashemi Jr
OL 75 Daniel Oak Redshirt.svg So
OL 76 Harrison Newman Fr
OL 77 Trey Rutherford Jr
OL 78 Ian Campbell Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 79 Kyle Schafenacker Redshirt.svg Jr
F 80 Tommy Myers Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 82 Mason Donaldson Fr
WR 83 TJ Vernieri Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 84 Bryan Coney Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 85 Malcolm Anthony Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 86 Alec Bloom Jr
WR 87 Isaiah Colebrook Fr
TE 89 Chris Lee So
F 90 Zordan Holman Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 94 Nicholas Lensander Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 98 Rhakim Williams Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Tre Bell Redshirt.svg Jr
S 6 Eddie Hahn Fr
CB 6 Jhavon Williams Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 7 John Green Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 9 William Richardson Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 10 Cameron Stapleton Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 11 Junior Joseph Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 12 E.J. Levenberry Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 13 Vontae Diggs Jr
CB 14 Tahj Wilson-Herring Fr
LB 15 Luke Carrezola Jr
S 16 Brice McAllister Jr
S 20 Obi Melifonwu Redshirt.svg Sr
CB 21 Jamar Summers Jr
CB 25 Tyler Coyle Fr
S 26 Dan Romanello Fr
CB 27 Nick Vitale Redshirt.svg Sr
S 29 Anthony Watkins Redshirt.svg So
LB 30 Jalen Stevens Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 31 John Robinson IV Redshirt.svg Fr
S 32 Aaron Garland Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 33 Chris Britton Redshirt.svg So
LB 35 Luke Sowa Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 36 Matthew Walsh (C) Sr
CB 37 Kyle Williams Fr
LB 38 Johnny Somers Fr
S 39 Chris Jean-Pierre Redshirt.svg Fr
S 41 Marshé Terry Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 45 Ryan Gilmartin Fr
LB 46 AJ Garson Fr
LB 47 Nazir Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 49 Dallas Parker So
DL 50 Sheriden Lawley Redshirt.svg So
LB 52 Richmond Williams Redshirt.svg So
LB 54 Omaine Stephens Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 55 Jon Hicks Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 57 Cole Ormsby Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 58 Philippe Okounam Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 59 Andrew Migliaccio Fr
LB 88 Connor Freeborn Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 91 Felton Blackwell Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 92 Mikal Myers (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 93 Folorunso Fatukasi Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 94 Kevin Murphy Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 95 Noel Brouse Fr
DL 96 James Atkins Redshirt.svg So
DL 99 Sean Marinan Redshirt.svg Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 16 Will Rishell Redshirt.svg Jr
K 17 Bobby Puyol Redshirt.svg Sr
K 40 Michael Tarbutt So
P 42 Justin Wain Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 51 Nick Zecchino Fr
LS 66 Jeffrey Sidebotham Fr
P 81 Brett Graham Fr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Frank Verducci
    Offensive Coordinator (games 1-9), Tight Ends
  • Anthony Poindexter
    Defensive Coordinator, Safeties
  • Vincent Brown
    Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
  • David Corley
    Offensive Coordinator (games 10-12), Running Backs, Special Teams Coordinator
  • Mike Cummings
    Offensive Line, Co-Offensive Coordinator
  • Erik Campbell
    Wide Receivers
  • Wayne Lineburg
    Quarterbacks
  • Kevin Wolthausen
    Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line
  • Josh Reardon
    Cornerbacks, Co-Special Team Coordinator
  • Matt Balis
    Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
  • Kyle Cooper
    Graduate Assistant
  • Nick Lezynski
    Graduate Assistant
  • Chris Salvi
    Graduate Assistant
  • Garrett Scott
    Graduate Assistant

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

Roster
Last update: August 9, 2016

Game summaries[edit]

Maine[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–31–3 2007 UConn, 38–0
Maine Black Bears at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary [2]
1 2 34Total
Black Bears 7 0 7721
Huskies 0 7 71024

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 1, 2016
  • Game time: 7:06 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:12
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F (24 °C) • Wind: Calm • Weather: Warm and humid
  • Game attendance: 29,377
  • Referee: Char. Lamertina • Umpire: Bill Lamkin • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Stephen Ray • Back Judge: Byron Adams • Field Judge: Rick Santilli • Side Judge: Ken Bushey • Center Judge: Joe Clarkson
  • TV announcers (ASN): Mike Gleason (Play-by-play), Andy Gresh (color) & Hali Oughton (sideline)
Game information

Navy[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–7 2015 NAVY, 28–18
Connecticut Huskies at Navy Midshipmen – Game summary [3]
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 7 14324
Midshipmen 7 14 0728

at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland

  • Date: September 10, 2016
  • Game time: 3:32 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:08
  • Game weather: Temperature: 86 °F (30 °C) • Wind: SE 12 • Weather: Clear, feels like 96
  • Game attendance: 31,501
  • Referee: Adam Savoie • Umpire: Paul Myers • Linesman: Dan Harrington • Line Judge: Tod Reese • Back Judge: Tom Fimmen • Field Judge: James Reif • Side Judge: Alex Moore • Center Judge: Marcus Woods
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): John Sadak (Play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) & Sheehan Stanwick Burch (sideline)
Game information

Virginia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2008 UConn, 45–10
Virginia Cavaliers at Connecticut Huskies – Game summary [4]
1 2 34Total
Cavaliers 3 7 0010
Huskies 0 3 01013

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Game time: 1:36 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:11
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F (24 °C) • Wind: S 10 • Weather: Sunny and pleasant
  • Game attendance: 31,036
  • Referee: Jeff Maconaghy • Umpire: Rich McMahan • Linesman: Matt Fitzgerald • Line judge: Hugh Campbell • Back judge: Keith Parham • Field judge: Kip Johnson • Side judge: Rich Street • Center judge: James Cole
  • TV announcers (SNY): Eric Frede (Play-by-play) & Andy Gresh (color)
Game information

Syracuse[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–3 2012 CUSE, 40–10
Syracuse Orange at Connecticut Huskies – Game summary [5]
1 2 34Total
Orange 14 3 7731
Huskies 0 14 3724

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 24, 2016
  • Game time: 1:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:22
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C) • Wind: NW 10 • Weather: Sunny and pleasant
  • Game attendance: 31,899
  • Referee: Jerry Magallanes • Umpire: Troy Riley • Linesman: Tracy Lynch • Line judge: Jim Slayton • Back judge: Paul Vargo • Field judge: Jim Biddle • Side judge: Mike McCarthy • Center judge: Sean Geraghty
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Dave Ryan (Play-by-play), Corey Chavous (color) & Melanie Collins (sideline)
Game information

Houston[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 UConn, 20–17
Connecticut Huskies at Houston Cougars – Game summary [6]
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 7 0714
#6 Cougars 0 28 14042

at TDECU StadiumHouston, Texas

  • Date: September 29, 2016
  • Game time: 8:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:14
  • Game weather: Temperature: 78 °F (26 °C) • Wind: N 11 • Weather: Sunny and clear
  • Game attendance: 40,873
  • Referee: C. Lamertina • Umpire: Bill Lamkin • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line judge: Jeffrey Cooney • Back judge: M. Griffith • Field judge: Rick Santilli • Side judge: Mark Windham • Center judge: A. Calabrese
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Flemming (Play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (color) & Laura Rutledge (sideline)
Game information

Cincinnati[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–10 2015 CIN, 37–13
Cincinnati Bearcats at Connecticut Huskies – Game summary[7]
1 2 34Total
Bearcats 0 9 009
Huskies 0 7 10320

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 8, 2016
  • Game time: 11:32 a.m. EST, Duration: 3:29
  • Game weather: Temperature: 58 °F (14 °C) • Wind: Calm • Weather: Crisp and pleasant
  • Game attendance: 24,169
  • Referee: Michael Roche • Umpire: Jeffrey Akers • Linesman: Brian Perry • Line judge: Jeff Cooney • Back judge: Victor Firth • Field judge: Glen Wilson • Side judge: Ryan Robinson • Center judge: Terry Killens
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Dave Ryan (Play-by-play), Corey Chavous (color) & Melanie Collins (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

South Florida[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–8 2015 USF, 28–20
Connecticut Huskies at South Florida Bulls – Game summary [8]
1 2 34Total
Huskies 3 0 141027
Bulls 7 7 72142

at Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida

  • Date: October 15, 2016
  • Game time: 7:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:33
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: ENE 6 • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 30,297
  • Referee: Adam Savoie • Umpire: Paul Myers • Linesman: Dan Harrington • Line judge: Tod Reese • Back judge: Tom Fimmen • Field judge: James Reif • Side judge: Ryan Robinson • Center judge: Marcus Woods
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Dave Ryan (Play-by-play), Corey Chavous (color) & Melanie Collins (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

UCF[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2015 UConn, 40–13
UCF Knights at Connecticut Huskies – Game summary[9]
1 2 34Total
Knights 0 14 7324
Huskies 6 10 0016

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 22, 2016
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:18
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 °F (11 °C) • Wind: NW 12 • Weather: Rainy and windy
  • Game attendance: 28,008
  • Referee: Tracy Jones • Umpire: Nicholas Pergine • Linesman: Daniel Shelton • Line judge: Colin Gaynor • Back judge: James Downey • Field judge: Jim Smith • Side judge: Matt Waldron • Center judge: Mark Mobra
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Mike Corey (Play-by-play) & Rene Ingoglia (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

East Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 UConn, 31–13
Connecticut Huskies at East Carolina Pirates – Game summary [10]
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 3 003
Pirates 7 7 171041

at Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina

  • Date: October 29, 2016
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:15
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71 °F (22 °C) • Wind: SSW 7 • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 41,370
  • Referee: Michael Roche • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Adam Loudin • Line judge: Stephen Ray • Back judge: M. Griffith • Field judge: Ben Vasconcells • Side judge: Ken Bushey • Center judge: Mike Viles
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Mike Couzens (Play-by-play) & Dan Hawkins (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Temple[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–11 2015 TEM, 27–3
Temple Owls at Connecticut Huskies – Game summary[11]
1 2 34Total
Owls 21 0 0021
Huskies 0 0 000

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: November 4, 2016
  • Game time: 7:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 2:54
  • Game weather: Temperature: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind: NW 7 • Weather: Cool and clear
  • Game attendance: 22,316
  • Referee: Rick Loumiet • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Todd Riddick • Line judge: Baron Ballester • Back judge: MichaelGriffith • Field judge: Glenn Crowther • Side judge: Bruce Williams • Center judge: Tony Calabrese
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Adam Amin (Play-by-play), Mack Brown (color) & Molly McGrath (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

Boston College[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–10–2 2004 BC, 27–7
Connecticut Huskies at Boston College Eagles – Game summary [12]
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 000
Eagles 0 10 101030

at Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 19, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:08
  • Game weather: Temperature: 54 °F (12 °C) • Wind: ENE 6 • Weather: Mostly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 36,220
  • Referee: Todd LaPenta • Umpire: Greg Brenner • Linesman: Brian Perry • Line judge: Jeffrey Cooney • Back judge: Victory Firth • Field judge: Chris Bikowski • Side judge: Glen Wilson • Center judge: Terry Killens
  • TV announcers (ACCN Extra): Michael Reghi (Play-by-play) & Tom O’Brien (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Tulane[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 UConn, 7–3
Tulane Green Wave at Connecticut Huskies – Game summary[13]
1 2 34Total
Green Wave 10 14 01438
Huskies 0 0 6713

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: November 26, 2016
  • Game time: 4:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:11
  • Game weather: Temperature: 45 °F (7 °C) • Wind: NNW 4 • Weather: Cloudy and cool
  • Game attendance: 20,764
  • Referee: Rich Loumiet • Umpire: Jeffrey Akers • Linesman: Todd Riddick • Line judge: Baron Ballester • Back judge: Byron Adams • Field judge: Glenn Crowther • Side judge: Bruce Williams • Center judge: Ryan Wingers
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Chris Hassel (Play-by-play) & Matt Chatham (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

References[edit]