April 18, 2009
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior wide receiver Marcus Easley (Stratford, Conn.) was the offensive star with 10 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue (offense) defeated White (defense) 83-57 in Connecticut's annual Blue-White football game that marks the end of spring practice. The scoring was based on a point for different achievements for each side of the ball. The contest was played before a Rentschler Field crowd of approximately 7,000.
Easley caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Zach Fraser (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) in the second quarter and a 30-yard scoring toss from Jonny McEntee (Fullerton, Calif.) in the fourth quarter.
McEntee finished the contest a perfect nine-for-nine in passing attempts for 143 yards and the one score. Fraser was 13-for-22 for 115 yards.
The Husky running attack was led by sophomore tailback Jordan Todman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) who gained 65 yards on nine carries.
Meme Wylie (Washington, Ga.) had a solid game running the ball as well, amassing 64 yards on 18 carries and scoring one touchdown. He also caught four passes for good measure.
Gerrard Sheppard (Owings Mills, Md.) added four catches for 89 yards receiving in the contest.
Standing out on the defensive side of the ball was redshirt freshman linebacker Sio Moore (Apex, N.C.) who had 16 tackles, including three for a loss of 12 yards.
The Huskies will open up 2009 regular season play on September 5, when they travel to Athens, Ohio to play Ohio University. The home opener will be the following Saturday, September 12 when the Huskies entertain North Carolina at Rentschler Field.
-Post Game Quotes -
Head Coach Randy Edsall
Today was a tough day for them in the wind tunnel out there. We've been practicing in ideal conditions all spring, so it took some getting used to. They did some good things and some not-so-good things. They've both have good springs and they both understand there's a few things they need to work on this summer. I'll talk with the coaches on Monday about not only where we're at with the Quarterback position, but all of the positions.
How has Marcus Easley improved since last year and what does he look to improve on before the season starts?
Marcus has gotten progressively better throughout the spring practices. He's really made himself a better player. The thing with Marcus is he has good speed, but he needs to play at the same speed he runs. His 40-yard time is good, but that needs to translate to his play on the field. As he gains more confidence and knowledge of what he has to do out there at all times, his play will get faster.
What are some problems you saw in the defense today?
We don't have a lot of depth in our secondary. Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wilson are both freshmen. Blidi really needs to use his length to his advantage. Jerome Junior is another of the freshmen in our secondary, and they all have a lot of talent, they just need to get repetitions in before they can step it up. We lost a lot from our secondary in Darius Butler and Dahna Deleston, but we've gone through this before and we'll find a way to come through.
How do you know if a player is skipping classes in order to punish them like you did earlier this week?
I have geese that fly around campus keeping and eye on the kids and then drop little notes into my office. That's what I like to tell the kids, but they know there are two graduate assistants that pick out classes they are going to check. We tell them right up front, but if they want to play Russian roulette, they might get nailed. If someone is proven in the classroom we might not check them as often, but if we think someone might not be going to all of his classes, we might check him more often.
On Senior Punter Desi Cullen being named a Captain:
Desi always goes in and works hard, and the kids really respect him for that. He has a great personality and he organized the weekly team Bible study, so the kids really look up to him. These four captains will be great leaders. The more I'm in the business of coaching the more I realize it's not so much the year of the player, but whether or not he has the qualities to lead the team, and all four of these guys have those qualities.