- Aug 27, 2011
Fair enough and would agree. My only point was I don’t think we get out of this rut without a change in team dynamic. This tends to happen when a squad gets a few impact players that elevate the team. A special QB and one or two exceptional skill guys can turn a team around. Likewise, 2 or 3 good players on the DL or LB positions can make a world of difference. We have to score a few real P5 foundation level players willing to invest in doing something special. Randy obviously isn’t selling that effectively. Taking names off uniforms tells you he isn’t selling a chance to make a name, to be the favorite son who raised UConn to prominence. He’s selling blood,sweat and tears.I believe Randy and staff smartly targeted transfer impact players at the skill positions, that will give our youngsters time to adapt to the college game allowing some of them to redshirt before being thrown into the deep end of the pool. I think Ardell Brown and Art Tompkins will make our offense truly dynamic. They both are very skilled and have breakaway speed like we have rarely seen at UConn.
Also getting some experience on the DL and at LB for the same reason will be a huge help in shoring up that defense this year. If we get any additional late transfers a safety or CB would be ideal.
In addition we appear to have signed many fantastic athletics and quality individuals in the freshmen class that have the potential to grow into quality if not star college players. If you watch most of their longer highlight tapes or read their commitment statements this is very apparent.
Overall I feel the program will be in much better shape after this recruiting class and hopefully each subsequent year continues to get better.
Also consider some perceived "misses", could have just been staff preferences as we generally signed players from the same positions on many of those "misses".