Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Run, Run, Pass. Run, Run, Pass, Punt. The UConn Game plan.
UConn Play Distribution: 55% Run, (77% before the WMU game)
However the key is 75% (88 of 117) of UConn's 1st down plays are runs. Especially early in the game. 35 of their first 40 first downs were running plays, however in the last two games, UConn started with a pass; against WMU they called play-action on first down for 33 yards.
UConn runs on 1st and 2nd down 48% of the time, they earn first downs on their first 2 plays only 17% of the time. Just over 50% of UConn's series go to third down but UConn converts 51% of their 3rd downs.
When UConn does pass they connect on 62% of their passes and generally throw in the 10-20 intermediate range, averaging 11.8 yards per completion. Their longest pass play of the year is 43 yards. They utilize their big sets and play-action making Tight End John Delahunt and Slot Receiver Nick Williams major targets. In the WMU game a 6'1 4.4 speed Receiver, Geremy Davis snagged 9 receptions for over 100 yards.
On 3rd down, UConn has thrown 48 times and only run 11 times, passing 81% of 3rd downs. The bad news, UConn has been really good throwing on 3rd down, connecting on 58% of throws and gaining 11.6 yards per completion. The good news: UConn has thrown 48 times on 3rd down, and they have been sacked 5 times and thrown 3 - 3rd down interceptions; 1 in 6 chance at a negative play.
Formation-wise UConn has a pistol set, a wildcat set, and a 2nd primarily running quarterback. They often run an option jet sweep with Nick Williams to get the ball in the hands of the speedy receiver.
In summation, UConn's offense will: Run, Run, Pass, Repeat or Run, Run, Pass, Punt. It's a noon start, make sure you brew some coffee.