Junior transfer Pindell is named starting quarterback for UConn football

Published on Monday, 14 August 2017 23:02
Written by Neill Ostrout

Journal Inquirer

EAST HARTFORD -Perhaps the biggest question facing the UConn’s football team this season has been answered.

Coach Randy Edsall announced befoe Sunday’s open practice at Pratt & Whitney Stadium that junior David Pindell is the team’s 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.

“For him to take on what he’s taken on as a quarterback, it’s impressive,” said offensive tackle Matt Peart, who will protect Pindell’s blind side. “He wants to lead the team.”

Shirreffs started for the Huskies as a sophomore and was the team’s 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’ opener Aug. 31 against Holy Cross to announce a starter but apparently decided this weekend was the time.

“I saw enough in practices and in the scrimmage to say ‘He’s our guy.’ Now you give him these next 2½ weeks for those guys to gel and to mesh and to get comfortable with each other,” Edsall said.

“And now we can tailor stuff to what he does well.”

The coaches have praised Pindell for his ability to command respect from his teammates.

“David is a terrific play-maker, what he can do with his feet and through the air,” Myers said.

“And he’s smart.”

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’ minds.

“He’s 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’t,” 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’ offensive line are likely to include tackles Tommy Hopkins and Peart, center Ryan Crozier, and left guard Trey Rutherford.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, UConn on Monday, 14 August 2017 23:02. Updated: Monday, 14 August 2017 23:05.