QB Cochran still solid with UConn


The reshaping of college football conferences and the uncertainty surrounding the Big East hasn't caused three-star quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) to rethink his decision to play for the University of Connecticut.

Cochran, the top-ranked recruit from Connecticut in the Class of 2012, said he's scheduled to graduate from high school this year and plans to join the UConn program in January.

“I made a commitment to coach [Paul] Pasqualoni and the UConn football team,” Cochran said. “I trust that the athletic director, the UConn president as well as the Big East commissioner will put UConn and entire Big East in a great position.”

Cochran's Masuk team is 7-0 entering Saturday night's game against Pomperaug. He set the state record for career touchdown passes (102) and career passing yards this season (9,546). He already owned the Connecticut record for career completions entering the season, and has raised that total to 560.

Cochran passed for 3,345 yards and 40 touchdowns last season, when he was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year.

He said accuracy and his ability to read defenses are his strengths as a quarterback.

“That's what its come down to the past two years – reading coverages and putting the ball where it needs to be,” Cochran said. “Getting my offense out of plays that can't work versus a defense pre-snap and getting it to the right receiver post-snap.”

Cochran's first scholarship offer came from Boston College, but BC pulled that offer after it hired a new offensive coordinator. Cochran considered playing Ivy League football at Yale or Princeton, but said his decision to play at UConn wasn't difficult.

“First of all, it's the home-stat e team,” he said. “It's really an honor to play for your home state. I believe Coach Pasqualoni is a very good coach. I really like the coaching staff and everyone on it. I got closer with them during the offseason, so it was a very easy choice once the [scholarship] offer came.”