UConn wideouts looking to step up, help star Noel Thomas

Connecticut wide receiver Tyraiq Beals has a pass broken up by Cincinnati cornerback Linden Stephens during the second half of UConn's 20-9 win in an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Connecticut wide receiver Tyraiq Beals has a pass broken up by Cincinnati cornerback Linden Stephens during the second half of UConn's 20-9 win in an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

(WTNH)–The star of the UConn offense so far this season has been Norwalk native Noel Thomas, Jr. The senior wide receiver has 55 catches through six games, which ranks fourth-best in the country.

Thomas scored the go-ahead touchdown in UConn’s 20-9 win on Saturday over Cincinnati. It’s one of three touchdown receptions he’s had so far this season.

As good as Thomas has been, he can’t do it alone. He needs others to step up.

Like sophomore Tyraiq Beals, who caught a 59-yard touchdown on Saturday, putting the Huskies on the board just before halftime and igniting a 20-0 scoring run.

Thomas agrees that getting other guys the ball would help the team’s offense.

“It’s very important,” he said. “It makes life easier because you can’t cover everybody when they’re making plays out there.”

“It’s very important because he’s sitting there balling, giving his all in the game, so we have to do the same,” said Beals. “I mean he’s our leader and we have to the best we can, or even better.”

The Huskies hit the road to play South Florida on Saturday night.

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