Connecticut spring wrap

2009 overall record: 8-5

2009 conference record: 3-4, T-4th in Big East

Returning starters

Offense: 8. Defense: 8. Punter/kicker: 1

Top returners

RB Jordan Todman, QB Zach Frazer, WR Kashif Moore, LB Lawrence Wilson, LB Scott Lutrus, OG Zach Hurd, DT Kendall Reyes

Key losses

WR Marcus Easley, RB Andre Dixon, DE Lindsey Witten, DB Robert McClain, DB Robert Vaughn

2009 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Jordan Todman* (1,188 yards)

Passing: Zach Frazer* (1,461 yards)

Receiving: Marcus Easley (893 yards)

Tackles: Lawrence Wilson* (140)

Sacks: Lindsey Witten (11.5)

Interceptions: Robert McClain (4)

Spring answers

1. Receivers found: UConn lost its top two pass-catchers from last year in Marcus Easley and Brad Kanuch, but the position was hardly a problem this spring. Kashif Moore looked like a potential No. 1 target, while Isiah Moore, Michael Smith, Gerrard Sheppard and Malik Generett also had impressive moments. The Huskies' passing game took great strides last season and continue to do so in 2010.

2. Strong up front: The offensive line is almost always a strength for the Huskies, and that remains the same this year. Adam Masters was impressive in his audition at one of the tackle spots, and when Jimmy Bennett returns from a knee this injury, the line will be deep, experienced and physically imposing.

3. Frazer in control: Quarterback Zach Frazer settled into a groove late last season, and he continued that into the spring. He put on weight and looked poised and confident with better throwing mechanics. Frazer easily held off a challenge from Cody Endres to stay the No. 1 quarterback.

Fall questions

1. The secondary puzzle: The defensive backfield is the top concern for a team that's otherwised loaded at most positions. The secondary didn't look good much of the spring, though the return of cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson from shoulder surgery this fall should help. Coach Randy Edsall needs to find a dependable safety alongside Jerome Junior and whole lot more depth at the back end of his defense.

2. Power on the edge: Defensive ends Trevardo Williams and Marcus Campbell were sprint champions in high school, so they can fly off the edge. But they're not the biggest guys and could get pushed away by bigger tackles. UConn needs Jesse Joseph and Greg Lloyd to come back healthy in the fall to add more size to the position.

3. Punting and kickoffs: The Huskies lost Desi Cullen, who was a very reliable punter and kickoff specialist. Chad Christen and Cole Wagner battled for the punting job this spring. Yes, it seems like a small thing, but UConn returns 18 starters and has as much depth as it's ever had under Edsall. So the questions are mostly small ones right now.