Huskies shuffle O-line

Storrs - UConn's offensive line has gone through some major renovations since Friday night.

On the depth chart for Saturday's game at Buffalo, Mike Ryan has moved from left tackle to right tackle, while Jimmy Bennett has moved from left guard to left tackle, and Kevin Friend goes from right tackle to left guard.

"It's hard to move from tackle to guard and it puts you a step behind," UConn senior center and captain Moe Petrus said Tuesday during the Huskies' weekly press conference. "We had a few missed assignments that were obviously the result of different things, a change of position. Guys made mistakes. They know it and they know how to correct it."

Coach Paul Pasqualoni said it's a matter of trying to get the five best linemen on the field, and that Bennett was the first domino to fall.

"From a prototype standpoint, Jimmy's a left tackle," Pasqualoni said of the 6-foot-9-inch, 306-pound redshirt junior. "He has to sharpen up the tools that are required for the position. Jimmy has been making steady progress. He's shown us that he's committed to that. That's the reason we made the change. We were waiting to see that."

Petrus and right guard Adam Masters have started all three games at their respective positions this year.

Joseph set to return

After missing the first three games with a knee injury, Jesse Joseph is finally on the depth chart at defensive end.

"The whole defense has been doing real well," said Joseph, who led the Huskies in sacks (12) and tackles for a loss (8.5) last season. "My plan is to just come back and add to it."

Joseph, a junior, is listed as sharing one end spot with redshirt junior Teddy Jennings, who has played well in his absence.

Joseph said he has been cleared to play with no limitations, and his Twitter followers can rest easy after getting constant updates of how hard it was for him to sit out for three weeks.

"Twitter is just the ramblings of an anxious man," he said.

QB still a three-way race

Once again, Pasqualoni said all three quarterbacks will be ready to play against Buffalo. Starter Johnny McEntee has been unimpressive so far, completing just 31 of 69 attempts with four interceptions and no touchdowns in three games.

From a production standpoint, to use one of Pasqualoni's buzzwords, redshirt freshman Scott McCummings has been better, throwing both of UConn's touchdown passes on just four attempts, while rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

"It's not a system that anyone can learn in three games. They've each had moments where they've been very good and they're had moments where they've flat out missed things," Pasqualoni said, adding true freshman Mike Nebrich to the quarterback mix. "I'm not ready to declare who the guy is until one of them really steps up and has the kind of night or afternoon that my vision for each of them is.

"I'm waiting for it to happen, and I can see it happening. It just hasn't happened yet."

Foxx to return kicks

Deshon Foxx has been added to the depth chart at kick returner with Nick Williams, replacing safety Byron Jones, who has been a key contributor to the defense in nickle packages with a pair of interceptions.

Pasqualoni said it's a way to get the speedy Foxx some touches on Saturday night against Buffalo. The 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound true freshman from Lynchburg, Va., had some breakaway runs during training camp, but has just three carries for 15 yards during the regular season.

o.poole@theday.com

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