The first 45 minutes of the UConn football team’s practice Wednesday afternoon was open to us media-types. The Huskies are done, but plenty of questions remain:
• DE Jesse Joseph did not practice, and it doesn’t look like he will for some time. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said very little on the subject but it looks like the junior from Laval, Quebec, could be out for a while.
“We expect to get him back,” Pasqualoni said without providing any estimated date of a return.
He was wearing a large black brace on his right knee while working on the sidelines Wednesday.
Joseph led the Huskies with 8.5 sacks last season.
• In the good news department, TE Corey Manning is back at practice after missing a week or so with an undisclosed injury.
WR Isiah Moore and WR Geremy Davis, too, appeared to be nearly healthy again. Both sported “red cross” jerseys on Saturday because of minor injuries.
Moore did require some extra stretching but appears to be nearly 100 percent.
• We weren’t allowed to watch any of the team periods or anything “serious” Wednesday and didn’t get a look at the quarterback situation.
It’s a safe bet the coaching staff has made its decision in regards to the competition between Mike Box, Mike Nebrich, Scott McCummings and Johnny McEntee.
Coach P says he’s not going to say anything on the subject until next Thursday, as in gameday.
“I’m not going to make any kind of announcement until we get into the stadium for the game,” Pasqualoni said after practice Wednesday. “That’s for a couple reasons. I want to sure, number one, of what we’re doing. And number two, why give out information when you don’t have to? I’d rather collect it than give it out.”
Pasqualoni said he and the staff “haven’t finalized” their choice as a starting QB but it seems the four-man race is at least down to three. Box is the odd man out, for now.
It still looks as if true freshman Mike Nebrich is the man to beat, with McCummings and McEntee behind. That is just an educated guess on my part, but we’ll see.