Diaco on QBs: ‘We’re Pleased With the Battle’

The Huskies' search for a starting quarterback continues.

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The Huskies have resumed spring practice and just like the previous four seasons, questions remain at quarterback. This time around the competition is between junior Tim Boyle, sophomore Bryant Shirreffs and freshman Tyler Davis.

"We're pleased with the position. We're pleased with the battle," second-year coach Bob Diaco said, via the Hartford Courant. "That position is going to be able to grow and get bigger here in the summer. ... The competition between those three has been good, and there has been some separation."

A year ago, sophomore Casey Cochran was the frontrunner, and he eventually won the job. But he retired from football after suffering a concussion in the Huskies' first game of the season.

For now, Diaco says he plans to name a starter this spring, even with junior college transfer Garrett Anderson arriving in Storrs this summer.

"Everybody is competing all the time," Diaco said. "So there's nothing that's always or forever. You may have a guy who started for three years and in his senior year, if he lets go of the rope and another guy performs better, then that guy will play. We'll name a starter at that point after spring, and if he gets beat out in [summer] camp, then he gets beat out."

The Huskies are coming off a two-win season, and like those losing records under Paul Pasqualoni, the issues start at quarterback -- or specifically, not having one. Maybe this is the year that finally changes.

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