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Friend Questionable For Saturday; Phillips, Stewart Likely Out

When the UConn Huskies two-deep came out on Sunday night, three starters who had been injured, RT Kevin Friend, WR Shakim Phillips and LB Graham Stewart, were not on it.

UConn Huskies FootballAnd from what interim head coach T.J. Weist said on Monday's American Athletic Conference call, only Friend has a realistic chance of playing in the Homecoming game on Saturday against South Florida.

"Friend looks good, he practiced a little bit the other day," said Weist, "He's still questionable. Once we do get him back, he'll add some stability to the offensive line which is what we need."

"If you're weak at one spot, that really weakens the whole thing. If he practices tomorrow, he'll still be questionable. But if we can get him back that will really help our offensive line."

Phillips, who had a breakout game against Maryland but injured his hamstring, is questionable as well.

"Phillips hasn't practiced yet," said Weist, "He's again questionable. His hamstring has taken a little longer than what we thought. I'll take it a day by day with him and it'll be a bonus if we can get him back."

As Weist said, the offensive line could really use Friend back. And if you had Phillips, that would give true freshman QB Tim Boyle another outlet to throw to. And with both back, that could open holes to allow Lyle McCombs and Max DeLorenzo some room to run.

Stewart, on the other hand, doesn't appear to be returning any time soon to the Huskies D.

"He's (Stewart) questionable as well," Weist said.  "Hope to see him back hasn't been back yet. He's still walking around in a boot. I don't think it's going to be any time soon."

Jefferson Ashiru has done a good job filling in for Stewart and was listed as the starter heading into fall camp before losing the job to Stewart.

It's a new season for the Huskies as they start a new at 0-0 in conference play. With eight games left in the season, anything can happen.

If they can get these key guys back, I think we'll see some W's from them.

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