The Connecticut Huskies (2-2) are having trouble staying out of the headlines for the wrong things as they prepare to take on Vanderbilt on Saturday in East Hartford. Head coach Randy Edsall was forced to make a midgame quarterback change against Buffalo, pulling two-year starter Zach Frazer after an unproductive first half that saw only 94 yards, one scoring drive, and an interception. Edsall replaced him with junior Cody Endres, who led the Huskies to two quick scores and eventually a 45-21 win.
Now, preparing for Vanderbilt on Saturday, Endres has assumed the starting position and Frazer has found himself demoted to third string, with redshirt freshman Michael Box listed as the second string quarterback. But the issues for the Huskies are not just on the field.
Junior kicker Dave Teggart and sophomore linebacker Jerome Williams were arrested early Tuesday morning for breach of security, according to reports the players were fighting each other.
UConn police were called to a report of a fight in the parking lot of the French Building at the Hilltop Apartment complex on the Storrs campus just before 12:30 a.m.
Teggart and Williams were taken into custody and released on $500 bonds.
Edsall said in his Tuesday news conference that both players have a strong chance of playing against Vanderbilt on Saturday and the issue would be handled internally.
"It will be handled internally and I hope they take that aggression on the field to the other people rather than themselves," Edsall said. "Nowadays, as well all know, when there's a little spat, they don't just tell you to go home or anything like that. Now you get arrested, written up for breach of peace."
The Huskies have backloaded their schedule, playing all seven of their conference games to finish the season. So there is still plenty of time for them to hit the "reboot" button in East Hartford. The way the Big East has performed so far this season, there could be an argument made for six or seven teams to all finish near the top of the conference. Connecticut will need to find some consistency if they want to continue to be a part of that argument.