There were several things wrong with the Connecticut Huskies this past season as the team stumbled to a 5-7 record including a four-game losing streak. If there is something that the Huskies must do better next season to have any chance to making a bowl game, it would be improving their running game. Connecticut averaged just under 88 yards a game this past year and that doesn’t allow any team to be successful if they are stuck being one-dimensional.
The player that must step up there is Lyle McCombs. McCombs finished with 860 yards and only six touchdowns on 243 carries. McCombs will be a junior next season and at just 5-8, he has to be elusive to be successful. McCombs appeared to improve late this season with two straight games with over 120 rushing yards but it must continue into next year. The running game along with the fact that the team had trouble scoring really hurt UConn.
McCombs must get to 1,000 yards rushing next season or probably even more if the Huskies want to make any noise in the Big East Conference. With the constant shifting in the Big East though, who knows what teams will be near the top when 2013 starts. It all boils down to McCombs for the Huskies though. He must be much better for an UConn team that needs him to get back to his freshmen year rushing of 1,151 yards. If McCombs can do that, the Huskies have the potential to win eight games in 2013.