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UConn's Bonislawski

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UConn's Bonislawski hopes to put painful 2005 season behind him

NEILL OSTROUT nostrout@ctpost.com

STORRS  Matt Bonislawski had high hopes for the 2005 college football season. After beating out then-freshman D.J. Hernandez for the right to succeed Dan Orlovsky as UConn's quarterback, the junior from Natrona Heights, Pa., expected big things.

And after helping the Huskies get off to a respectable 3-1 start  despite an early schedule that few respected  Bonislawski felt pretty good about his team's chances in Big East play heading into their league opener against Syracuse Oct. 7.

UConn's game against the Orange, despite turning into a nice 26-7 victory, was the beginning of the end for Bonislawski. The 6-foot-3, 221-pounder fractured his left clavicle during the first quarter of play at Rentschler Field.

"Last year didn't go the way I wanted," Bonislawski lamented Friday after UConn's first practice of 2006.

Bonislawski surprisingly returned for a Nov. 12 game against Pittsburgh. Coach Randy Edsall was so intent on keeping the QB switch a surprise that he wouldn't let Bonislawski warm up on the grass at Heinz Field, instead making him spend most of his pre-game time in the tunnels beneath the stands.

Bonislawski played well that day in Pittsburgh, but the Huskies still came away with a painful 24-0 loss.

To add injury to insult  which the Huskies inadvertently did on multiple occasions last year  Bonislawski was knocked out of the game, and the rest of the season, the following week against South Florida.

Though he returned to game action less than five weeks after undergoing surgery, Bonislawski wasn't 100 percent and was frustrated by his recovery time.

"I thought it would be a lot faster," Bonislawski said. "When I came back for Pitt, I thought I was fine and ready to go. I wasn't expecting anything else to happen after that."

So after getting knocked out of the USF game did Bonislawski think he returned too soon?



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Further discussion on Master Bonislawski can be facilitated on the Big East Board...a similar thread exists there.

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