EAST HARTFORD CT - NOVEMBER 27: Blidi Wreh-Wilson#5 of the Connecticut Huskies avoids the Cincinnati Bearcats after he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter on November 27 2010 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats 38-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
UConn Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni delivered some bad news at his press conference yesterday when he announced that CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson will not be able to go this week against USF. Wreh-Wilson sprained his MCL in first half against Buffalo and the earliest that Wreh-Wilson would have been able to return was this week's contest.
Wreh-Wilson is considered by most everyone to be the best cornerback in the conference, and his absence has been felt in the UConn secondary. In the three games he was healthy, UConn's opponents only averaged 177 yards per game through the air. In the two games after Wreh-Wilson's injury, West Virginia and Western Michigan gashed UConn's pass defense to the tune of 474 yards a game.
Pasqualoni is looking to someone to step up as a stopgap until Wreh-Wilson can return. Gary Wilburn started the Western Michigan game in place of Wreh-Wilson, but after a poor performance against the Broncos, Pasqualoni inserted Byron Jones for the West Virginia game. Paqualoni also made a change at safety after the WMU game, with Ty-Meer Brown moving ahead of Harris Agbor on the depth chart. Even though Brown and Jones made a few mistakes you'd expect from a freshman against the Mountaineers, Jones and Brown will get the start Saturday as well.
I'm really looking to see how B.J. Daniels will perform this week. With the stout UConn run defense looking to neutralize Darrell Scott and Demetris Murray, the Bulls will most likely look to move the ball through the air this weekend. The passing attack should be close to full strength with only Terrence Mitchell and Derrick Hopkins the only doubts, and you'll see Coach Fitch put a ton of pressure on the inexperienced UConn secondary. Any mistake by the group could cause a couple of big plays like we saw against the Mountaineers last week.