Randy Edsall knows many have been stunned by the scores of his teamâ€™s first two games this season.
But the UConn football coach says there are steps that must be taken as he and his staff try to turn the program around. Growing pains appear to be part of the process.
â€śAll of a sudden you donâ€™t just flip a switch and turn things around,â€ť Edsall said Monday.
UConn will host former Yankee Conference rival Rhode Island Saturday at Pratt & Whitney Stadium (noon, SNY) having suffered two blowout losses to nationally ranked teams to start the season.
UConn has been outscored 118-24 through two games, and allowed a school-record 818 total yards in a 62-7 loss to No. 20 Boise State.
Edsall points out that the Huskies havenâ€™t had a winning season since 2010, the last year of his first stint in Storrs, and says claiming victories isnâ€™t an easy part of the rebuilding process.
â€śSometimes the wins might be the last thing to come,â€ť Edsall said.
As for the plethora of freshmen that his team is fielding, especially on defense, the coach admitted many would be better suited to wait longer into their collegiate careers.
â€śA lot of them shouldnâ€™t be playing now,â€ť said Edsall, who insisted the circumstances 21 months after the firing of former coach Bob Diaco require their participation now.
Syracuse a late afternoon start
UConnâ€™s Sept. 22 game against Syracuse will kick off at 4 p.m., the school announced earlier this week.
The game, which will played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, will be aired on ESPNews.
UConn safety Tyler Coyle, the sophomore from Windsor, leads the American Conference with 24 tackles this season. He had a league-high 14 stops against Boise State. â€¦ Not surprisingly, UConn is last in the league in scoring (12.0 ppg) and last in points allowed (59.0 ppg).