EAST HARTFORD -Perhaps the biggest question facing the UConn‚Äôs football team this season has been answered.
Coach Randy Edsall announced befoe Sunday‚Äôs open practice at Pratt & Whitney Stadium that junior David Pindell is the team‚Äôs starting quarterback.
The 6-foot, 190-pound junior college transfer from Columbia, Maryland via Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, won a battle with senior Bryant Shirreffs for the job.
Pindell (6 feet, 190 pounds) only arrived on the UConn campus some two weeks ago.
‚ÄúFor him to take on what he‚Äôs taken on as a quarterback, it‚Äôs impressive,‚ÄĚ said offensive tackle Matt Peart, who will protect Pindell‚Äôs blind side. ‚ÄúHe wants to lead the team.‚ÄĚ
Shirreffs started for the Huskies as a sophomore and was the team‚Äôs starter for much of last season as a junior before being replaced by then-freshman Donovan Williams.
Williams switched positions last week, moving to wide receiver.
Edsall had at first said he might wait until just before the Huskies‚Äô opener Aug. 31 against Holy Cross to announce a starter but apparently decided this weekend was the time.
‚ÄúI saw enough in practices and in the scrimmage to say ‚ÄėHe‚Äôs our guy.‚Äô Now you give him these next 2¬Ĺ weeks for those guys to gel and to mesh and to get comfortable with each other,‚ÄĚ Edsall said.
‚ÄúAnd now we can tailor stuff to what he does well.‚ÄĚ
The coaches have praised Pindell for his ability to command respect from his teammates.
‚ÄúDavid is a terrific play-maker, what he can do with his feet and through the air,‚ÄĚ Myers said.
‚ÄúAnd he‚Äôs smart.‚ÄĚ
Last season for Lackawanna, Pindell completed 157 of 257 passes (63.6 percent) for 2,424 yards, 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions while running 94 times for 459 yards and eight touchdowns.
Shirreffs is also something of a dual-threat but Pindell, who helped Lackawanna average more than 46 points a game last season, is apparently more so in the coaches‚Äô minds.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a guy that has the ability to throw the ball, and also a guy that has the ability to run the ball. He gives you a lot of different dimensions that maybe some other people don‚Äôt,‚ÄĚ Edsall said.
In addition to quarterback, Edsall made one other revelation about his lineup.
Redshirt freshman Cam DeGeorge will be the tstarter at right guard.
DeGeorge (6 foot 6, 283 pounds) is a native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts.
The other four starters on the Huskies‚Äô offensive line are likely to include tackles Tommy Hopkins and Peart, center Ryan Crozier, and left guard Trey Rutherford.