STORRS - The UConn football team, unlike what has occurred during the majority of its game weeks this season, is not expected to change its starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against UMass.
But there may be yet another switch coming for the Huskies at some point soon. Redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Krajewski, just three weeks after having shoulder surgery, practiced Tuesday morning with the Huskies. Krajewski had surgery to repair a fractured left clavicle Oct. 1 and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks of action.
“He was doing stuff. Whatever the trainers allow him to do, that’s what he’s out there doing,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said.
Krajewski was wearing a red “non-contact” jersey during Tuesday’s workout on campus, though all of UConn’s quarterbacks wear that color during practice.
Krajewski suffered an injury in the Huskies’ loss to UCF Sept. 28. After the game, Edsall announced that because of his performance Krajewski would be UConn’s starting quarterback going forward.
Two days later Edsall announced the Moultrie, Georgia native had been hurt in the game and would be undergoing surgery.
Freshman Jack Zergiotis started at quarterback in Huskies’ most recent game, a 24-17 loss to Houston, and is expected to start this week against the Minutemen. Grad student Mike Beaudry started the opener and the two games previous to the Houston affair.
It’s not clear when Krajewski will be able to return to game action, though Edsall has said when he does the quarterback position could again be in flux.
UConn (1-6) visits former Yankee Conference rival UMass on Saturday in Amherst (3:30 p.m., NESN) having suffered six straight losses. The Huskies have dropped 21 straight to FBS opponents.
Bumps, bites & bruises
UConn safety Tyler Coyle left last week’s game with a minor injury but insists he will be ready to play this week against the Minutemen.
“I got a little nicked up but I’ll be fine this week,” the junior from Windsor said.
In other injury news, UConn linebacker Ryan Gilmartin (ankle) and safety Diamond Harrell (hamstring) did not practice Tuesday.
Linebacker D.J. Morgan (shoulder) and running back Kevin Mensah wore red jerseys and were held out of contact drills. Tight end Donovan Williams and cornerback Tahj Herring-Wilson, both of whom are battling undisclosed injuries, practiced on a limited basis Tuesday.