UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer under center against Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
For the last two seasons, Chandler Whitmer began the season as the Huskies' starting quarterback. Now under new coach Bob Diaco, the redshirt senior is a backup behind Casey Cochran. But the new system and the promise of playing time has Whitmer in a good place after two up and down years in Storrs.
“He has made it more of a stress free environment,” Whitmer said of Diaco, according to SNY.com. “It’s a lot more fun relax and we are out there making plays. A bad play happens? It’s going to happen. You move on to the next play. In the past, it was so crucial every mistake that was ever made. He’s not condoning mistakes, but he knows we are going to learn and move on.”
Cochran may be listed at the No. 1 quarterback but Diaco has made it known that Whitmer will play, too, including in the season opener.
“Yes, you can only play only one quarterback at a time, but anything can happen,” Whitmer said. “In this situation, we are going to use the both of our talents. It’s an interesting aspect. When you name a starter, he’s a starter and (the backup) won’t play unless the starter gets hurt or is not getting it done. This, it’s a different situation. It’s good for both of us. We’ve talked how we both are going to work together and make it so it isn’t about us, it’s about the offense and moving the ball down the field. ...
“All I know I will be ready when they call my number,” Whitmer continued. “Coach Diaco said we will know the Thursday before game. Whether it is a certain situation, a certain time. Whatever it may be we won’t know until the Thursday of the game. We won’t be sitting on the sidelines anxious when we are going to go in. It can change week-to-week and game to game. Casey’s the starter, the coaches say I will see the field.”