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UConn's depth to be tested at defensive end

Connecticut may have its deepest team yet under coach Randy Edsall.

The Huskies now have to draw on that depth after Sunday night's disappointing news that junior defensive end Marcus Campbell will miss the 2010 season with a torn ACL. Campbell, who missed the 2009 season because of academics, had all but locked up a starting job at one of the end spots and was considered to be one of UConn's best pass rushers.

Edsall had planned to move Greg Lloyd to defensive end for some more depth, but Lloyd hasn't fully recovered from his own knee injury. He's redshirting -- and moving back to linebacker.

The Huskies still have options. Sophomores Jesse Joseph and Trevardo Williams each played in every game last year and showed promise. They were fighting for a starting spot but could now split the two end jobs. Campbell's injury means that sophomores A.J. Portee and Ted Jennings will both move up. They have each have shown promise but now will be asked to do even more.

Losing Campbell is a setback, especially since the opener is at Michigan and its Big Ten offensive line. It's especially tough for him since he worked all the way back from a suspension. It also leaves the Huskies awfully young at the position. But this is an instance in which having depth is more than a luxury.