Good news: UConn wide receiver Shakim Phillips had a breakout game against Maryland, an island of hope in a sea of despair. He had 10 catches for 175 yards, and for the season, he's hauled in 15 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
Now the bad news: Phillips is listed as questionable against this week's opponent, the Michigan Wolverines. Put differently, the football gods have it out for the Huskies.
Phillips injured his hamstring on a 75-yard touchdown catch and run and now his prospects for playing Saturday sit at 50-50.
“The best description is questionable,” head coach Paul Pasqualoni said of Phillips. “I will see him at 2 o’clock. We will take another look at it this afternoon. Right now I would say questionable. “
That leaves wideouts Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx, and redshirt freshman John Green. It also means that the Huskies, already facing insurmountable odds heading into this game, will need the running game to find itself.
"Lyle (McCombs) hits one in there for 14 (yards against Maryland) and we need a couple more of those,” coach Pasqualoni said. “Maybe one comes out for 20 and 25. It really helps you. We’ve got too many inefficient (plays). We ran it 28 times, you can’t count the sacks. Half of those were not consistent enough. Fourteen of them not consistent at all. It is not consistent enough.”
Early lines have the Wolverines favored by 17.5 on the road.
If the Huskies don't minimize mistakes on both sides of the ball, that 17.5 points could be a conservative estimate.