By Matt Zampini
Heading into the summer, the UConn football team still has questions about whom will be piloting their offense come the fall.
The only thing that head coach Bob Diaco said so far was that redshirt sophomore Bryant Shirreffs has separated himself as the frontrunner in the quarterback battle, sitting just ahead of junior Tim Boyle and freshman Tyler Davis.
The questions about who will start at quarterback still come on the heels of the team’s Spring Game on April 11, in which all three saw action.
During the Spring Game — in which the Blue team defeated the White team 13-3 — Shirreffs completed 13 of 24 passes for 168 years and a touchdown. Boyle went 14 of 24 for 141 years and Davis 6 of 14 for 53 yards.
Through the offseason workouts and up to this point in the year, Shirreffs is leading the battle, but head coach Bob Diaco made it clear that the quarterback battle is ongoing and will continue through the summer.
Garret Anderson —a junior college transfer — will be on campus in June and will likely join the quarterback competition when he arrives.
Shirreffs is new to UConn. He transferred from North Carolina State after his freshman season and had to sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules. At NC State during his freshman season, Shirreffs appeared in nine games and threw the team’s first touchdown pass of the season.
He transferred because the Wolfpack changed their offensive system.
When it comes down to it, Shirreffs and Boyle are likely to be the top-two contenders for the starting position come the fall.
Boyle played in nine games last season, but some of his appearances were short lived. He shared playing time with Chandler Whitmer, appearing in drives during the games just to give Whitmer a rest. He finished the season 43 of 82 for 335 yards and a touchdown. Boyle also started the final four games of his freshman year.
There is no telling when Diaco will name a starter. He will likely wait until after preseason when he is able to get a look at all four of the quarterbacks together.
One thing to look for when Diaco does name a quarterback and the season is finally underway is will there be multiple quarterbacks who play during a game? Shirreffs and Boyle are the two with the most experience.
Last year we saw multiple quarterbacks play in games and it will be interesting to see if Diaco opts for that same route this fall.
The Huskies open the season on Sept. 3 against Villanova.