Chandler Whitmer Needs to Improve For Connecticut Huskies

By Andy Schmidt
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The 2012 season wasn’t a very productive one for the Connecticut Huskies as the team finished 5-7 and out of postseason play. UConn will begin this coming season with four of their first five games at home and will welcome back Chandler Whitmer at quarterback. Whitmer threw for 2,664 yards and nine touchdowns last season but also threw 16 interceptions. If the Huskies want to go back to a bowl game in 2013, he is going to have to play much better than he did last year.

I’m not sure how much I can trust a quarterback who throws that many interceptions, but there are really not many better options for this team. Whitmer went into spring practice with the job his to lose. I don’t see why he would lose the job even with how bad he was at times last season. It has also been a revolving door at quarterback for Connecticut over the last number of years, and you need stability with your quarterback position. Whitmer can at least give the Huskies that if he can keep improving.

There are some obvious tough games on the schedule, but everyone has those. The key to this season for Whitmer is starting strong and limiting his interceptions. I really think he can cut the interceptions down with a new offensive system. There are going to be growing pains with the changes, but the youth of Whitmer and his ability to learn quickly will only help. UConn may be able to sneak out six wins which should be enough to make a postseason appearance.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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