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2018 Spring Season Concludes With Annual Spring Game

April 14, 2018

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - The sun was shining in East Hartford as the Huskies looked to end their spring session on a high note.

"I thought it was good," head coach Randy Edsall said. "Again, it's one of those days where we are going against each other. There are going to be some good things that happen and some things that you need to get better at. I thought that we were a little bit uptight, there were a few too many penalties early on. I thought we overcame that but again, just another opportunity to evaluate all these guys to see where they are and to know what we can and cannot do with them."

The offense scored a combined 10 touchdowns in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday afternoon at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.

Senior David Pindell, redshirt freshman Brandon Bisack and redshirt freshman Jordan McAfee were each under center during the game. Pindell finished 15-of-27 for 268 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Bisack ended with a combined 13-of-22 for 142 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. McAfee finished a combined 5-of-11 for 17 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

"We have a really good understanding of what he [Pindell] does really well and we are going to take advantage of that," said Edsall. "He has been a guy that has worked very diligently. If you tell him there is something you have to work on, he is going to do it. You don't have to go worry about him slacking off and not doing what he is supposed to."



In terms of rushing the ball, redshirt freshman Donevin O'Reilly led all running backs with 130 yards on 18 carries, as redshirt sophomore Nate Hopkins gained 106 yards on 16 carries and redshirt freshman Zavier Scott had 94 yards on 10 carries.

Freshman Kyle Buss led all receivers with 116 yards on five catches while O'Reilly had 49 yards on six catches.

Redshirt freshman Michael Tarbutt kicked field goals of 54, 51 and 43-yards on the afternoon showing the progress he has made since last season.

"Moving last year onto this year you have to put everything in the dust and move on but at the same time you have to use that as motivation through training," said Tarbutt. "They're just learning experiences. That's what I really used last year as, a huge learning experience coming into the season. It's a brand new me but at the same time it's still the same play."

Tarbutt has been working tirelessly with the coaching staff and plans to enter next season with a new mentality.

While the score of the game isn't what mattered today, the Huskies brought their A game and we can expect to see a lot of the hard work that will take place throughout the summer paying off in just a few short months. 

The 2018 season will begin on Thursday, August 30 when the Huskies face UCF at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The game time for the season opener will be announced in June.