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Connecticut Huskies Can’t Get Another Bad Year From Chandler Whitmer

Chandler Whitmer

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

It was a definite battle for the Connecticut Huskies in 2012 as they struggled to a 5-7 record. As the 2013 campaign grows ever closer, it is important to look at which players need to become better for UConn to make a bowl game.

The first player right away would be the team’s quarterback Chandler Whitmer. Whitmer threw for 2,664 yards last season but had just nine touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. Those numbers aren’t going to cut it this season, however.

It’s not like he started the season on fire either with five interceptions over his first two games. You have to give him credit though for not getting down on himself and completing the whole season. There was a three-touchdown game in a loss and another two-touchdown game but when you throw just four other TD passes in 10 games, winning isn’t likely.

I certainly hope that Whitmer has looked at the tape from last season and has learned things along the way. Otherwise, this Huskies team isn’t going to go very far in the American Athletic Conference. There are definitely some very difficult games on the schedule that the team isn’t going to win.

If they can find a way to sneak out six wins however and make a bowl game, it will only allow this team to build confidence for the future. Whitmer needs become the kind of player that can actually lead a team to a conference title. It will definitely be another year of learning for Whitmer. I just hope that UConn can find a way to be successful during it.

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.