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    Coach Paul Pasqualoni has released the depth chart for the Huskies' opener against Towson on Aug. 29 and just like a season ago, Chandler Whitmer will be the quarterback. He'll be joined in the backfield by Lyle McCombs, former freshman All-American running back who's coming off a forgettable sophomore season. Whitmer's passing targets will include wideouts Geremy Davis and Shakim Phillips, and tight end Sean McQuillian, who has recovered from a concussion suffered during last weekend's practice.

    On the other side of the ball, the Huskies have to replace a lot of talent and leadership. Gone are Sio Moore, Trevardo Williams, Ryan Wirth and cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson. In their place: Names like Tim Willman, Ryan Donohue, Shamar Stephen, Taylor Mack and Byron Jones.

    Not surprisingly, there's a lot of local talent among the starters.

    "UConn is to me, like it is in so many areas, the best, and to do it with the guys, the coaches, from the state of Connecticut, I promise you, is our commitment," Pasqualoni said at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Breakfast earlier this week (via the Hartford Courant).

    "These young guys we're signing and bringing to UConn, I've been in this business a long time, I promise you these guys are going to be good players. They're great kids with character, their families are tremendous."

    The two-deep depth chart for the Towson game, via SNY.com:

    Offense
    LT: 72 Jimmy Bennett (RSr., 6-9, 309)
    78 Dalton Gifford (RSo., 6-5, 296)
    LG: 69 Steve Greene (RJr., 6-5, 308)
    60 Tyler Samra (So., 6-2, 299)
    C: 73 Alex Mateas (RJr., 6-4, 315)
    50 Tyler Bullock (RSr., 6-4, 316)
    RG: 65 Gus Cruz (RJr., 6-4, 309)
    79 Kyle Shafenacker (Fr., 6-3, 290)
    RT: 77 Kevin Friend (RSr., 6-6, 317)
    75 Xavier Hemingway (RSo., 6-5, 272)
    TE: 49 Sean McQuillan (RSo., 6-4, 237)
    96 Spencer Parker (RSr., 6-4, 228)
    WR: 85 Geremy Davis (RJr., 6-3, 215)
    4 Deshon Foxx (Jr., 5-10, 172)
    FB: 36 Matt Walsh (Fr., 6-0, 227)
    34 Jazzmar Clax (RFr., 5-11, 239)
    QB: 10 Chandler Whitmer (RJr., 6-1, 193)
    12 Casey Cochran (RFr., 6-1, 226)
    TB: 43 Lyle McCombs (RJr., 5-8, 175)
    44 Max DeLorenzo (RSo., 6-0, 207)
    WR: 8 Shakim Phillips (RJr., 6-2, 209)
    9 Kamal Abrams (Jr., 5-11, 186)

    Defense
    DE: 91 Jesse Joseph (RSr., 6-3, 262)
    56 Angelo Pruitt (RJr., 6-3 297)
    DT: 90 Julian Campenni (RSo., 6-0, 298)
    92 Mikal Myers (RFr., 6-0, 295)
    DT: 59 Shamar Stephen (RJr., 6-5, 317)
    97 B.J. McBryde (RJR., 6-5, 318)
    DE: 51 Tim Willman (RSr., 6-4, 267)
    47 Reuben Frank (RJr, 6-3, 246)
    LB: 2 Graham Stewart (RSo., 6-2, 236)
    32 Jefferson Ashiru (RSo., 6-2, 233)
    LB: 52 Ryan Donohue (RSr., 6-0, 238)
    41 Brandon Steg (RJr., 6-2, 228)
    LB: 33 Yawin Smallwood (RJr., 6-4, 236)
    46 Marquise Vann (RSo, 6-0, 232)
    CB: 16 Byron Jones (RJr., 6-1, 191)
    3 David Stevenson (RSo., 5-9, 170)
    S: 20 Obi Melifonwu (RFr., 6-4, 208)
    19 Ellis Marder (RFr., 6-1, 195)
    S: 15 Ty-Meer Brown (RJr., 6-0, 201)
    23 Wilbert Lee (RSo., 6-1, 207)
    CB: 29 Taylor Mack (Sr., 5-9, 175)
    6 Jhavon Williams (RFr., 5-11, 191)

    Special teams
    K: 13 Chad Christen (RSr., 6-1, 188)
    17 Bobby Puyol (So., 5-10, 176)
    P: 86 Cole Wagner (RSr., 6-3, 211)
    42 Justin Wain (RFr., 6-3, 195)
    HL: 86 Cole Wagner (RSr., 6-3, 211)
    42 Justin Wain (RFr., 6-3, 195)
    KR: 8 Shakim Phillips (RJr., 6-2, 209)
    4 Deshon Foxx (Jr., 5-10, 172)
    PR: 84 Brian Lemelle (Fr., 5’10, 160)
    29 Taylor Mack (Sr., 5-9, 175)
    LS: 67 Adam Mueller (RJr., 6-1, 218)
    66 Dominick Manco (RSo., 6-0, 217)

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