WR Shaun Feldeisen

2002 Statistics

Coach: Randy Edsall
15-30, 4 years
2002 Record: 6-6
at Boston College LOST 16-24
at Buffalo WON 24-3
OHIO WON 37-19
at Miami FL LOST 14-48
at Vanderbilt LOST 24-28
at Navy WON 38-0
at Iowa State WON 37-20

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

Connecticut enters 2003 still riding the momentum from their surprising four-game winning streak at the end of 2002. In particular, their shocking season ending 37-20 win at bowl-bound Iowa State turned some heads around the nation. The Huskies served notice that they are a competitive 1-A team and their inclusion in the Big East in 2005 may not be suicide.

Connecticut opens their new 40,000 seat stadium, Rentschler Field, with a visit from Big 10 opponent Indiana. A win, or at least a competitive loss by the Huskies will continue the momentum toward what should be at least another 6-6 season. In a schedule including more MAC opponents than teams from the Big East, there are (at least) six winnable games on tap.

UConn has to avoid a sophomore slump. No one saw this underdog coming in 2002, but 2003 has opponents taking them seriously. If the Huskies can finish with six wins again, it will legitimize this coaching staff and accelerate their recruiting ability past some of the NCAA's oldest teams. No one (outside Connecticut) ever expected them to be where they are so quickly, so a losing 2003 season would not necessarily represent anything wrong or bad, just a disappointment after 2002's amazing genesis.

Projected 2003 record: 7-5
QB Dan Orlovsky
QB - 4 DL - 3
RB - 3.5 LB - 2.5
WR - 2.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Dan Orlovsky, 366-221-11, 2488 yds., 19 TD

Rushing: Terry Caulley, 220 att., 1247 yds., 15 TD

Receiving: Shaun Feldeisen, 33 rec., 425 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Terry Caulley, 16 TD, 96 pts.

Punting: Adam Coles, 76 punts, 39.9 avg.

Kicking: none

Tackles: Maurice Lloyd, 113 tot., 78 solo

Sacks: Uyi Osunde, 9.5 sacks

Interceptions: Maurice Lloyd, 4 for 94 yds.

Kickoff returns: Jason Dellaselva, 23 ret., 20.7 avg.

Punt returns: Cliff Hill, 23 ret., 5.6 avg.


OFFENSE: Wes Timko-WR, Tommy Collins-TE, Steve Cully-OT, Marc Hickok-K
DEFENSE: Greg Smoot-DT, Jamal Lundy-SLB, Roy Hopkins-CB

written by James Johnson

Sophomore tailback Terry Caulley was a revelation in his 2002 freshman season, averaging 5.7 yards per attempt and scoring 15 touchdowns. He gained nearly 65% of the Huskies' rushing yardage, and that ratio must drop for Connecticut to improve this season.

Caulley is too small to make it through an entire season in one piece if he averages 25-30 yards per game. Coach Randy Edsall tried that last season and saw Caulley get progressively more banged up as the year went on. Chandler Poole, a 5'11" 204 pound senior, had some success filling in for Caulley last season (4.1 yard average on 51 carries). It will be up to him and redshirt freshman Cornell Brockington to provide enough depth in the running game to keep Caulley near his peak form throughout the season.

Junior quarterback Dan Orlovsky seemed to improve nearly every game last season, and even more is expected of him this year. Orlovsky completed over 60% of his passes last season and threw 19 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions. He was proficient as a medium-range passer and showed enough arm strength to be effective throwing downfield.

The Huskies' best hope of developing a deep receiving threat is sophomore Jason Williams (6'0", 180 lbs.). After finishing 7th in the 55-meter dash at the Big East Track Championships this winter, Williams will look to become more consistent and improve on his 15.4 yard per catch average he posted in spot 2002 duty. Connecticut has another speedy wide receiver in converted quarterback Keron Henry (6'2", 218 lbs, junior). An athletic receiver who has run a 4.42 40-yard dash, Henry had a strong spring and is expected to blossom into a dependable receiver with more playing time this season. Keep an eye on former walk-on Shaun Feldeisen, who was awarded a scholarship just prior to the start of the 2002 season. He had a breakthrough season finishing second on the team in receiving yardage and receptions while playing in all 12 games.

One of the more interesting races to watch this spring will be at tight end where six players will vie to pick up the slack left behind by Tommy Collins, the team's leading receiver in 2002.

The left side of the Huskies' line is their strength, with returning starters Ryan Krug and Brian Markowski. Center Billy Irwin also started every game last season. The right side of the line in not bad either, with guard LeAndre Dupree having 12 career starts to his credit and tackle Grant Preston expected to develop into a strong tackle after moving over from guard. The unit's productive 2002 leads us to believe defenses will see them coming, so to speak. This year's tests will be harder.

If Connecticut's receivers are able to stretch the field, the Huskies' offense will be even more effective than 2002, when they averaged 31 points per game. Injuries on the offensive line, if they occur, will be a problem, though, since there is little depth at those positions.


TB Terry Caulley


Returning Starters in bold
QB Dan Orlovsky-Jr (6-5, 229) Jermell Williams-So (6-2, 188)
FB Deon Anderson-So (5-10, 234) Evan Benson-Sr (5-8, 205)
TB Terry Caulley-So (5-7, 180) Chandler Poole-Sr (5-11, 204)
WR Jason Williams-So (6-0, 180) O'Neil Wilson-Jr (6-3, 182)
WR Shaun Feldeisen-Sr (6-1, 218) Brandon Young-So (6-0, 192)
TE Tim Lassen-So (6-5, 270) Terry McClowry-Sr (6-2, 249)
OT Ryan Krug-Jr (6-4, 297) Michael Kodish-So (6-5, 291)
OG Brian Markowski-Jr (6-2, 288) Laurence Oliver-Sr (6-4, 274)
C Billy Irwin-Jr (6-2, 281) Jeff Fox-Jr (6-2, 285)
OG LeAndre Dupree-Jr (6-2, 301) Nick Graby-Sr (6-5, 286)
OT Grant Preston-So (6-5, 295) Brendan Borowski-So (6-4, 286)
K David Butts-So (6-2, 251) Matt Nuzie-Fr (5-11, 189)



written by James Johnson

Connecticut's best defensive player is clearly end Uyi Osunde. The 6'3", 243 pound, senior made 15.5 TFLs and had 9.5 sacks. His speed makes him the best playmaker, but Osunde missed spring practice while recovering from a shoulder surgery. He is expected to be back at 100% for the season. With a strong senior year, he should show up on NFL scouts' radar at draft time.

Anchoring UConn's run defense is tackle Sean Mulcahy, a senior who will be in his third season as a starter. The other defensive end, junior Tyler King, had 5.5 sacks despite being sidelined for a while with chicken pox (at least that won't happen again this year).

Questions surround the availability of the Huskies' best defensive back, senior strong safety Chris Meyer (6'0", 207 lbs.). There is no doubt about his ability. He is a strong, tough hitter who has already broken up 19 passes in his career. Meyer was suspended for spring practice after being arrested in connection with an off-campus rape case. He was charged with interfering in the investigation, but at this point is still eligible and plans on rejoining the team by fall.

Fellow safety Terrance Smith is also a big hitter. Cornerback Marion Jones (5'5", 163 lbs.) is a junior who stepped into the starting lineup and had 65 tackles. His size can create mismatches, but he obviously knows how to hit and finish. Overall, Connecticut has a solid, experienced secondary if Meyer is available.

Linebacker Maurice Lloyd led the Husikes with 113 tackles despite his relative diminutive size. He is an extremely versatile linebacker, strong in pass coverage and aggressive enough to make 18 TFLs. Middle linebacker Alfred Fincher was third on the team with 92 tackles and, like Lloyd, is strong at both defending the run and dropping back into pass coverage. These two are a large reason UConn was able to stay in (and even win) so many big games.

There are no gaping holes in UConn's defense. They won't give up a lot of big plays. Playing well as a unit got their opponents to commit 32 TOs. They are not particularly athletic, but they are versatile and well schooled. It is a group that should be able to hold their own against most.


DE Uyi Osunde


Returning Starters in bold
DE Uyi Osunde-Sr (6-3, 243) Hakeem Kashama-Sr (6-5, 267)
DT Ryan Bushey-Sr (6-4, 276) Deon McPhee-So (6-2, 273)
DT Sean Mulcahy-Sr (6-6, 295) Rhema Fuller-Fr (6-3, 270)
DE Tyler King-Jr (6-6, 261) Matt Applebaum-Fr (6-4, 265)
SLB James Hargrave-So (5-11, 214) Kinnan Herriott-Jr (5-11, 216)
MLB Alfred Fincher-Jr (6-1, 242) Cedric Baylor-Sr (6-0, 217)
WLB Maurice Lloyd-Jr (5-11, 228) Taurien Sowell-So (6-1, 232)
CB Marlon Jones-Jr (5-8, 163) Cathlyn Clarke-So (5-11, 186)
CB Ezra Carey-Sr (5-11, 170) Ernest Cole-Fr (5-10, 174)
SS Chris Meyer-Sr (6-0, 207) John Fletcher-Jr (5-9, 186)
FS Terrance Smith-Sr (5-11, 195) M.J. Estep-Fr (6-1, 181)
P Adam Coles-Sr (6-6, 227) ..




Senior Adam Coles returns to handle the punting chores. He kicked an unspectacular 39.9-yard per punt, but he did drop 18 inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The placekicking job is up for grabs and will be open going into this summer.

The Huskies will be looking for new blood to improve their kick return game this season after averaging only 7 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. If there is a solid choice for either before season starts, we will let you know.