Ex-Illini QB Whitmer gets nod at UConn

Ex-Illini QB Whitmer gets nod at UConn

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut opened its preseason Friday with a single quarterback at the top of the depth chart, something the Huskies did not have a year ago or at the start of spring practice.

Coach Paul Pasqualoni named transfer Chandler Whitmer the Huskies' starter, based largely on the strength of his performance during the spring game, during which he completed 18 of 27 passes for 187 yards.

"I wanted to give the starter coming into camp more of an opportunity with the reps," Pasqualoni said, "and to work with the first-team guys in an effort to develop the communication aspect, the chemistry aspect, the feel-for-each other aspect."

Pasqualoni made it clear, after the season, that he was looking for more consistency out of the position. And the Huskies went out and snared Whitmer and freshman Casey Cochran, the most highly touted in-state quarterback to commit to UConn since NFL backup Dan Orlovsky.

Whitmer, a former Illini, outplayed Cochran in the spring, and the battle ended after the freshman broke his left, non-throwing wrist during a July bicycle accident.

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