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UConn may start new QB vs. USF

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut changed football coaches this week. Next week it may be changing quarterbacks.

Interim coach T.J. Weist said Monday he is considering taking the redshirt off touted freshman Tim Boyle and starting him over Chandler Whitmer when the Huskies next play on Oct. 12 against USF.

"We're open to playing him," he said. "We're honestly open to playing any freshman."

Whitmer, a junior, has completed 71 of 129 passes for 896 yards, with five touchdowns and six interceptions. But UConn's offense ranks 119th out of 123 programs. Calls for a change began before this week's firing of Paul Pasqualoni.

Weist will evaluate all his personnel and determine what other changes may be needed. He said moves will be aimed at winning this year.

Weist said a no-huddle offense will have more multiple formations and multiple sets.

Clemson: Defensive back Mackensie Alexander, the Tigers' top recruit, is likely to redshirt after surgery for a nagging groin injury.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Starting quarterback Connor Shaw, who injured his right shoulder last week against UCF, practiced and might play against Kentucky on Saturday. Meanwhile, coach Steve Spurrier encouraged students to stay until the end of the game. "They got nothing else to do all night except party around a little bit. They are going to be up half the night or all night anyway,'' he said. "So, students, sing the alma mater with us."

Texas: DeLoss Dodds, 76, the athletic director who built Longhorns wealth, power and prestige, said he is ready to retire and take on a consulting role. He was hired in 1981 with an athletic department budget of about $4 million. He will leave Aug. 31, 2014, with an annual budget of nearly $170 million, upgraded and expanded facilities, and a Longhorns television network.

BASKETBALL: Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said guard Marshall Henderson will miss an undetermined number of games after being suspended from the program in July. Kennedy said Henderson has been fully compliant with athletic department mandates and is practicing.

UConn may start new QB vs. USF 10/01/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 9:49pm]
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