Midseason review: Connecticut

Connecticut Huskies

Record 3-3 (0-1 Big East)

Connecticut was the wise-guy pick to win the Big East this season.

The Huskies got on a roll to end 2009 and returned most of their starters. It looked like the time for a breakout year had arrived for Randy Edsall's team.

Instead, UConn has been plagued by too many breakdowns. Defensive lapses and shaky quarterback play doomed them in losses to Michigan and Temple in the first three weeks. Edsall made a quarterback change in the fourth game, pulling ineffective starter Zach Frazer for Cody Endres at halftime against Buffalo. That energized the offense and led to big scoring outbursts in that second half and in the following week against Vanderbilt.

But just when the Huskies bandwagon began to fill up again, Connecticut dropped its Big East opener at struggling Rutgers. A familiar bugaboo -- giving up big passing plays on defense -- came back to bite UConn late.

Now the former buzz team is sputtering at 3-3. The Huskies can still make noise in the league because they have a tremendous running game led by Jordan Todman, and West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati all have to come to East Hartford. But as far as picking them to win the Big East and break into the next level, that no longer looks so wise.

Offensive MVP: Jordan Todman, RB

Another year, another UConn star rusher. Todman leads the Big East and ranks third nationally in rushing yards per game (152.2), and he's been doing it with a banged-up elbow that caused him to miss a game. If he'd played against Buffalo, Todman might be on pace for a 2,000-yard season.

Defensive MVP: Lawrence Wilson, LB

Wilson hasn't been quite as good as he was a year ago, but he still leads UConn and the Big East in tackles with 62. He's also got 2.5 sacks.