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Randy Edsall has already delivered on one promise. He has made a number of significant changes, even at the expense of seniors.
Last week against Buffalo, he replaced linebacker Greg Lloyd with sophomore Sio Moore and brought junior Cody Endres on in relief of quarterback Zach Frazer.
And apparently Edsall isn’t finished.
UConn’s two-deep chart for Saturday’s home game against Vanderbilt was posted on Monday and another senior, left guard Mathieu Olivier, has been demoted to No. 2 behind sophomore Erik Kuraczea, who like Endres recently returned from a university-imposed suspension.
And things have gone from bad to worse for Frazer, who is not even listed on this week’s depth chart. Endres will get the start and redshirt freshman Mike Box is listed No. 2.
Frazer, Lloyd and Olivier are proud, competitive athletes and this has to have been a jolt for them personally. Lloyd battled back from a severe injury to get back on the field when most expected him to spend the 2010 season as a medical redshirt. Olivier has already graduated and originally planned to leave after the 2009 season while Frazer, after leading the Huskies to a season-ending four-game win streak in 2009 – including landmark wins against Notre Dame and South Carolina – came into 2010 expecting to lead UConn to its best season in program history.
But a lackluster start has derailed all of their personal goals. Chances are all three will be back on the field playing significant roles this season, but Edsall – in addition to doing what’s best for his team – has to strike a delicate balance and make sure he doesn’t mentally lose these three veterans in the process.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.