Tyler Davis came to UConn as a quarterback in 2015, was moved to tight end in 2016 and to wide receiver this season.
On Sunday at SMU, he was back at tight end, the starter over Tommy Myers and Alec Bloom.
"Wherever they need me," said Davis, of Bellmore, N.Y.
Davis committed two needless penalties in the UConn's Aug. 31 opener against Holy Cross, a rough start to the redshirt sophomore's season. He has gained the trust of coaches since, though, and could have an expanded role in the UConn offense moving forward.
But what position does he actually play? Randy Edsall grabbed the podium in front of him Tuesday during his weekly press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex.
"If I answered that question, this box would self destruct and I'd get blown up," he said. "I can't reveal that information. He's a very versatile player for us. We can utilize him in a lot of different roles, which is nice. … I think it also gets back to the fact that what we're going to always try to do here as a coaching staff — offense, defensive or special teams — is try to find ways where we can make ourselves better by utilizing the abilities of the people we have in the program."
In short, Edsall means that the best players will be on the field, regardless of natural position.
"He's earned the right," Edsall said. "He's a guy who can make us better. He's not even close to where he needs to be, but he has ability. There's a guy, in the first game, he has those two penalties. He didn't stick his head in the sand. He went and battled. That tells you something about him."
Davis, 6 feet 4 and 235 pounds, caught a pass from Bryant Shirreffs for a two-point conversion last week in the back left of the end zone, pulling UConn into a fourth-quarter tie with SMU.
"I'm definitely a big guy, and that definitely helps me out, especially in the red zone, which you guys saw," Davis said.
He had 11 receptions with 107 yards last season, when he also served (as thrower and receiver) on numerous trick play attempts.
As the Huskies move on from SMU and prepare for Friday's home game against Memphis (a second consecutive short work week), there are no changes to the depth chart for the first time this season.
Why? Personnel would be discussed in meetings Wednesday, Edsall said. Two situations that bear watching are at kick return and punt return. Jordan Swann had been assigned both duties for the first three games, but he sustained a concussion against ECU and missed last week's game at SMU.
In the meantime, Kyle Buss gained his eligibility and debuted against ECU. He was the primary kick returner at SMU, with Quayvon Skanes handling punts. With Swann healthy, what's the deal moving forward?
"You'll find out at game time what we've decided," Edsall said. "The nice thing about it is I think we have some options there."
Swann has averaged 26.9 yards on seven kickoff returns, Buss 27.8 on four. Skanes averages 9.7 and Swann 8.7 on punt returns (three apiece).
Oak Working On Snaps
When Ryan Crozier went down with a season-ending knee injury against East Carolina, Dan Oak took over at center. He was rather erratic snapping the ball against SMU, including one that got back quarterback Shirreffs in the fourth quarter, with UConn trailing by seven.
Oak's main problem was making sure the snap was accurate while anticipating heavy pressure from the SMU defense up the middle.
"It's on me," said Oak, a junior from Fort Myers, Fla., who has played different positions on the line over the years. "I've got to get the snap back. They brought two A-gap blitzers and the guy jumped the snap pretty good and got on me before I could get it all the way back. That's center. You've got to see the defense, you've got to read the defense, you've got to know what's going on so you can communicate it to the rest of the offensive line. It comes back to repetition."
Edsall agreed that blitzes affected Oak's play.
"When you see him there and all of the sudden they walk up in the A gaps and you've got a bad snap — that's what I kindly told him as he came off the field," Edsall said. "Yeah, right." Edsall added, "I thought he did an OK job, but the problem is the snaps, they've got to be more consistent." … The most important lesson for UConn? "I don't even like to say this but we've got to teach them how to win because they don't know how to win," said Edsall, who coached the Huskies' last winning season, in 2010. "They haven't won. So there's a lot with that. But you're not going to go from here to here and skip all the steps. And we have to learn how to win. We have to earn the wins." ... Freshman defensive back Ian Swenson had shoulder surgery Tuesday morning and will miss the rest of the season.