UConn will start Connecticut native Tyler Phommachanh at quarterback against Army

UConn is making a change in hopes of sparking an anemic offense.

Freshman Tyler Phommachanh will start at quarterback against Army on Saturday, a source told Hearst Connecticut Media.

Phommachanh, a Stratford native and Avon Old Farms alum, is the first Connecticut native to earn that opportunity since Tim Boyle in 2015.

Sophomore Jack Zergiotis started the first two games while Steven Krajewski, also a sophomore, got the nod last week. Both struggled mightily, prompting the Huskies to spin the quarterback carousel yet again.

UConn has been outscored 94-0 in two games against FBS opponents and is averaging a meager 9.3 points and 197.3 yards overall, both in the bottom three nationally.

Phommachanh, a 5-foot-11, 187-pounder, is a prototypical dual-threat. He threw for 1,144 yards and 15 touchdowns between his sophomore and junior seasons at Avon Old Farms, and also ran for 208 yards and three scores. Prior to that, Phommachanh attended Bunnell High in Stratford.

His brother, Taisun, is the backup quarterback at Clemson.

Interim coach Lou Spanos said Tuesday that the performance of the team’s quarterbacks was “not to our standard.”

He didn’t name a starter that day — or at any point later in the week — but he did say that he would evaluate the position and go with the guy who gives them the best chance to win.

Turns out that’s Phommachanh — though don’t be surprised if Spanos splits reps at the position.

Krajewski started during last Saturday’s 49-0 loss to Purdue. He played the entire game and completed 14 of 25 passes for 99 yards and one interception. He also rushed for a team-high 42 yards. He replaced Zergiotis, who combined to throw for 235 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in defeats to Fresno State and FCS product Holy Cross.

Noel Mazzone, a longtime college assistant, was brought in as an offensive analyst this week as a potential solution to the offense’s struggles. Mazzone, 64, was on UCLA’s staff with Spanos in 2012 and 2013, and most recently served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona from 2018-20.

dbonjour@ctpost.com; @DougBonjour