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Football Opens Practice to Fans and Media on Tuesday

Sophomore tailback Lyle McCombs carries the ball in practice.

Aug. 14, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team conducted open practice in front of fans and media on Tuesday afternoon.  Sophomore quarterback Scott McCummings made his return to the field in full pads for the first time, taking snaps with the second team offense.

McCummings sat out spring ball with an injury and arrived late to preseason camp after being excused by head coach Paul Pasqualoni to tend to personal matters at home.

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Below are quotes from coach Pasqualoni and McCummings.

Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni
On Defensive Line Philosophy:
"Our philosophy is, we want everybody up front to be able to play every position.  You guys know that last year, Twyon Martin played all four, Kendall Reyes played all four.  [In practice] we pick days where guys move around and play different spots."

On the eturn of quarterback Scott McCummings and the use of the "wildcat" offense:
"Scott [McCummings] has looked good.  He's right on schedule.  Obviously, he's a little further along in some areas than others, just because of the number of plays he has had.  It's so hard to be ready to stop [the wildcat].  You've got to defend all of these other things and get yourself into a defensive approach that will allow you to account for extra blockers.  As soon as the guy taking the direct snap becomes the tailback, then you outnumber [the defense] in the run-game.  With Scott being able to throw the ball, that really creates a lot of stress and duress for the guys coaching on defense."

On the hiring of new BIG EAST commissioner Mike Aresco:
"I've knew Mike [Aresco] back when I was in the league [with Syracuse].  Mike is a tremendous guy, very knowledgeable.  I think he's got real passion and energy for what he does.  He is very bright and been in the college football industry a long time.  I think it is a great hire."

Sophomore Quarterback Scott McCummings
On his return to the football field:
"I'm more than happy to be back.  It feels weird to play football again.  It's a process.  It's very hard trying to get back into form.  I feel like my passing has gotten better.  I'm honestly just happy that [the coaches] are investing so much in me as a complete player and not just a wildcat quarterback."