2017 Connecticut Huskies football team

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2017 Connecticut Huskies football
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
Division East Division
2017 record 3–9 (2–6 The American)
Head coach Randy Edsall (1st consecutive, 13th overall season)
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Billy Crocker (1st season)
Home stadium Rentschler Field
(Capacity: 40,632)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 South Florida   6 2         10 2  
Temple   4 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 6         4 8  
Connecticut   2 6         3 9  
East Carolina   2 6         3 9  
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy   7 1         10 3  
Houston   5 3         7 5  
Navy   4 4         7 6  
SMU   4 4         7 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   1 7         2 10  
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2017 Connecticut Huskies football team represented the University of Connecticut during the 2017 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 head coach Randy Edsall in his first year of his second stint and thirteenth year overall. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in AAC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place in the East Division.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross* Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, CT SNY W 27–20   24,435
September 16 12:00 p.m. at Virginia* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ESPN2 L 18–38   33,056
September 24[a] 12:00 p.m. East Carolina Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNU L 38–41   14,036
September 30 4:00 p.m. at SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX ESPNews L 28–49   17,237
October 6 7:00 p.m. Memphis Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPN L 31–70   19,230
October 14 12:00 p.m. at Temple Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPNews W 28–24   29,849
October 21 12:00 p.m. Tulsadagger Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNU W 20–14   24,814
October 28 6:30 p.m. Missouri* Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT CBSSN L 12–52   21,062
November 4[a] 3:30 p.m. South Florida Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNU L 20–37   18,430
November 11 12:00 p.m. at No. 14 UCF Spectrum StadiumOrlando, FL (Civil Conflict) ESPNU L 24–49   29,384 
November 18 7:00 p.m. vs. Boston College* Fenway ParkBoston, MA CBSSN L 16–39   20,133 
November 25 12:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH ESPNews L 21–22   23,125 
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
^[a] The game between UConn and USF on originally scheduled for September 9 at noon before being moved to 10:30 a.m. and ultimately was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. It has been rescheduled to November 4 (replacing the ECU game) and UConn will now host ECU Sunday, September 24 (replacing an open date).
Schedule Source:[1]

Roster[edit]

2017 Connecticut Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Hergy Mayala Jr
WR 2 Tyraiq Beals Jr
WR 3 Garrison Burnett Fr
QB 4 Bryant Shirreffs (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 5 David Pindell Jr
QB 7 Marvin Washington Fr
WR 8 Aaron McLean Jr
TE 9 Tyler Davis Redshirt.svg So
RB 11 Nate Hopkins Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 12 Brandon Bisack Redshirt.svg So
QB 15 Donovan Williams So
QB 16 Will Rishell Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 17 Jordan McAfee Fr
QB 18 Brad Westmark Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 19 Quayvon Skanes Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 22 Arkeel Newsome Sr
WR 23 Keyion Dixon Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 24 Ja'Kevious Vickers Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 28 Tahj-Anthony Wilson Redshirt.svg So
RB 48 Jason Thompson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 51 Stanley Hubbard Fr
OL 54 Robert Holmes Fr
OL 56 Nino Leone Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 60 Ben Bonvicini Redshirt.svg So
OL 62 Tommy Hopkins Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 63 Ryan Crozier Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 65 Matt Peart Redshirt.svg So
OL 67 Bryan Cespedes Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Cam DeGeorge Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 James Tunstall Fr
OL 72 Brendan Vechery Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 73 Steve Hashemi Sr
OL 74 Ryan Van Demark Fr
OL 75 Daniel Oak Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Harrison Newman Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 77 Trey Rutherford Sr
OL 78 Ian Campbell Redshirt.svg So
OL 79 Kyle Schafenacker Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 80 Tommy Myers Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 82 Mason Donaldson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 83 TJ Vernieri Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Bryan Coney Redshirt.svg So
WR 85 Malcolm Anthony Redshirt.svg So
TE 86 Alec Bloom Sr
WR 87 Cameron Hairston Fr
TE 89 Ryan Fitton Fr
TE 90 Zordan Holman Redshirt.svg So
TE 91 Jay Rose Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Tre Bell Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 6 Eddie Hahn Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 10 Cameron Stapleton Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 11 Junior Joseph Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 12 E.J. Levenberry Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 13 Vontae Diggs Sr
DB 14 Tahj Wilson-Herring Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 15 Luke Carrezola Sr
DB 16 Brice McAllister Sr
DB 18 Abiola Olaniyan Fr
DB 20 Robert King III Fr
DB 21 Jamar Summers Sr
DB 25 Tyler Coyle Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 26 Dan Romanello Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 27 Omar Fortt Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 29 Anthony Watkins Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 30 Jordan Swann Fr
DB 31 John Robinson IV Redshirt.svg So
DB 32 Aaron Garland Redshirt.svg So
LB 33 Chris Britton Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 36 Brayden Brown Fr
DB 37 Kyle Williams So
DB 39 Chris Jean-Pierre Redshirt.svg So
DB 41 Marshé Terry Redshirt.svg So
LB 42 T.J. Gardner Fr
LB 43 Darrian Beavers Fr
DB 44 Ian Swenson Fr
LB 45 Ryan Gilmartin Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 46 AJ Garson Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 50 Sheriden Lawley Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 52 Caleb Thomas Fr
DL 57 Cole Ormsby Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 58 Philippe Okounam Redshirt.svg So
DL 59 Andrew Migliaccio Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 88 Connor Freeborn Redshirt.svg So
DL 93 Folorunso Fatukasi Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 94 Kevin Murphy Redshirt.svg So
DL 95 Noel Brouse Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 96 James Atkins Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 98 Rhakim Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 16 Will Rishell Redshirt.svg Sr
K 40 Michael Tarbutt Redshirt.svg So
LS 51 Nick Zecchino So
LS 53 Brian Keating Fr
LS 66 Jeffrey Sidebotham Redshirt.svg Fr
P 81 Brett Graham Redshirt.svg Fr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: June 17, 2017

Game summaries[edit]

Holy Cross[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–19–1 1985 CONN, 22–2
Holy Cross Crusaders at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Crusaders 3 17 0020
Huskies 7 0 71327

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: August 31, 2017
  • Game time: 7:37 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:27
  • Game weather: Temperature: 70 °F (21 °C) • Wind: W 2 • Weather: Pleasant
  • Game attendance: 24,435
  • Referee: Tracy Jones • Umpire: N. Pergine • Linesman: Daniel Shelton • Line Judge: Colin Gaynor • Back Judge: James Downey • Field Judge: Rick Santilli • Side Judge: Matt Waldron • Center Judge: Mark Mobra
  • TV announcers (SNY): Eamon McAnaney (Play-by-play), Andy Gresh (color) & Taylor Rooks (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

at Virginia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2016 CONN, 13–10
Connecticut Huskies at Virginia Cavaliers  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 0 61218
Cavaliers 7 17 7738

at Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: September 16, 2017
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Duration: 2:59
  • Game weather: Temperature: 78 °F (26 °C) • Wind: NE 1 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 33,056
  • Referee: C. Lamertina • Umpire: William Thomas • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Stephen Ray • Back Judge: Byron Adams • Field Judge: Mark Windham • Side Judge: Jim Smith • Center Judge: Joe Clarkson
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Jason Benetti (Play-by-play), Kelly Stauffer (color) & Kris Budden (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

East Carolina[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 ECU, 41–3
East Carolina Pirates at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Pirates 21 6 14041
Huskies 7 7 17738

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: September 24, 2017
  • Game time: 12:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:20
  • Game weather: Temperature: 84 °F (29 °C) • Wind: Calm • Weather: Hot and sunny
  • Game attendance: 14,036
  • Referee: Michael Roche • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Dan Harrington • Line Judge: Lance Thompson • Back Judge: M. Griffith • Field Judge: Ben Vasconcells • Side Judge: Ryan Robinson • Center Judge: Jon Baden
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mike Corey (Play-by-play) & Rene Ingoglia (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

at SMU[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2014 SMU, 27–20
Connecticut Huskies at SMU Mustangs  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 7 3 10828
Mustangs 7 14 72149

at Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, Texas

  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:07
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: NE 4 • Weather: Mostly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 17,237
  • Referee: Todd LaPenta • Umpire: Bill Lamkin • Linesman: Todd Riddick • Line Judge: Jeffrey Cooney • Back Judge: Victor Firth • Field Judge: James Reif • Side Judge: Carlos Guzman • Center Judge: Terry Killens
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Shawn Keeney (Play-by-play) & Rene Ingoglia (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Memphis[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2014 MEM, 41–10
Memphis Tigers at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Tigers 7 28 211470
Huskies 14 10 0731

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 6, 2017
  • Game time: 7:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:42
  • Game weather: Temperature: 67 °F (19 °C) • Wind: Calm • Weather: Pleasant
  • Game attendance: 19,230
  • Referee: Tracy Jones • Umpire: N. Pergine • Linesman: Daniel Shelton • Line Judge: Colin Gaynor • Back Judge: James Downey • Field Judge: Rick Santilli • Side Judge: Matt Waldron • Center Judge: Mark Mobra
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave LaMont (Play-by-play), Mack Brown (color) & Jen Lada (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

at Temple[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–12 2016 TEM, 21–0
Connecticut Huskies at Temple Owls  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 0 14 14028
Owls 7 0 71024

at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: October 14, 2017
  • Game time: 12:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:19
  • Game weather: Temperature: 67 °F (19 °C) • Wind: N 5-10 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 29,849
  • Referee: C. Lamertina • Umpire: K. Huffhines • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Stephen Ray • Back Judge: Tom Fimmen • Field Judge: Mark Windham • Side Judge: Alex Moore • Center Judge: Joe Clarkson
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Bill Roth (Play-by-play) & Christian Ponder (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Tulsa[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting
Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Hurricane 0 0 01414
Huskies 3 0 14320

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 21, 2017
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:03
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C) • Wind: Calm • Weather: Sunny and warm
  • Game attendance: 24,814
  • Referee: Todd LaPenta • Umpire: Jeffrey Akers • Linesman: Todd Riddick • Line Judge: Jeffrey Cooney • Back Judge: Victor Firth • Field Judge: James Reif • Side Judge: Ken Bushey • Center Judge: Terry Killens
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mike Couzens (Play-by-play) & John Congemi (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Missouri[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2015 MIZZOU, 9–6
Missouri Tigers at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Tigers 21 10 14752
Huskies 2 3 7012

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: October 28, 2017
  • Game time: 6:37 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:34
  • Game weather: Temperature: 60 °F (16 °C) • Wind: S 5 • Weather: Pleasant and mild
  • Game attendance: 21,062
  • Referee: Marc Curles • Umpire: Brent Sowell • Linesman: Randall Kizer • Line Judge: Chris Conway • Back Judge: Scott Vaughan • Field Judge: Wes Booker • Side Judge: Chris Jamison • Center Judge: Chris Garner
  • 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
5–9 2016 USF, 42–27
South Florida Bulls at Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bulls 7 10 17337
Huskies 0 7 01320

at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler FieldEast Hartford, Connecticut

  • Date: November 4, 2017
  • Game time: 3:32 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:10
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56 °F (13 °C) • Wind: W 4 • Weather: Sunny and seasonable
  • Game attendance: 18,430
  • Referee: Michael Roche • Umpire: Hilbert Byers • Linesman: Adam Loudin • Line Judge: Lance Thompson • Back Judge: M. Griffith • Field Judge: Ben Vasconcells • Side Judge: Ryan Robinson • Center Judge: Jon Baden
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Dave LaMont (Play-by-play) & Ray Bentley (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

at UCF[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2016 UCF, 24–16
Connecticut Huskies at UCF Knights  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 3 7 7724
No. 14 Knights 21 7 02149

at Spectrum StadiumOrlando, Florida

  • Date: November 11, 2017
  • Game time: 12:02 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:23
  • Game weather: Temperature: 73 °F (23 °C) • Wind: ENE 13 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 29,384
  • Referee: C. Lamertina • Umpire: K. Huffhines • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Stephen Ray • Back Judge: Byron Adams • Field Judge: Mark Windham • Side Judge: B. Williams • Center Judge: Joe Clarkson
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mike Couzens (Play-by-play) & John Congemi (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

vs Boston College[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–11–2 2016 BC, 30–0
Boston College Eagles vs Connecticut Huskies  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 14 19639
Huskies 3 0 01316

at Fenway ParkBoston, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 18, 2017
  • Game time: 7:11 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:25
  • Game weather: Temperature: 48 °F (9 °C) • Wind: W 3 • Weather: Cool and damp
  • Game attendance: 20,133
  • Referee: Tra Blake • Umpire: Mark Wilson • Linesman: Troy Gray • Line Judge: Colin Formulak • Back Judge: Bryan Platt • Field Judge: Harry Tyson • Side Judge: Mike McCarthy • Center Judge: Marcus Woods
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Rich Waltz (Play-by-play), Aaron Murray (color) & Cassie McKinney (sideline)
  • Box Score
Game information

at Cincinnati[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–10 2016 CONN, 20–9
Connecticut Huskies at Cincinnati Bearcats  – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Huskies 3 3 9621
Bearcats 0 7 01522

at Nippert StadiumCincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: November 25, 2017
  • Game time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Duration: 3:12
  • Game weather: Temperature: 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind: WSW 6 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 23,125
  • Referee: A. Calabrese • Umpire: K. Huffhines • Linesman: Jim Casey • Line Judge: Baron Ballester • Back Judge: Byron Adams • Field Judge: Glen Wilson • Side Judge: Jim Smith • Center Judge: Charles Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Bill Roth (Play-by-play) & Brian Kinchen (color)
  • Box Score
Game information

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Folorunso Fatukasi DT 6 180 New York Jets

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Connecticut Huskies Football Schedule". University of Connecticut Department of Athletics. Retrieved January 13, 2017.