STORRS, Conn. - Two weeks from Thursday night, the UConn football team will start its 2016 season against Maine at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The Huskies were at their home stadium on Thursday for the taking of their team photo and a practice to follow.
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UConn head coach Bob Diaco was asked about a variety of topics following Wednesday's practice in Storrs, including two players on different sides of the ball that are looking to have break-out seasons -- junior running back Ron Johnson (Naples, Fla.) and junior linebacker Vontae Diggs (Downers Grove, Ill.).
Johnson was the third-leading rusher on last year's Husky team that played in the St. Petersburg Bowl and he also started five games as a true freshman in 2014 -- gaining 429 yards, including a 101-yard game vs. SMU.
"We have a couple of weeks before games but, so far it's been the most consistent approach that Ron has had," said UConn head coach Bob Diaco. "He's been very professional in his approach and has come to work each day. He really hasn't had a bad or even an average day. He's been up for the offensive effort award each day and he's preparing to have a strong season."
Diggs has played in 24 games over the past two seasons at both linebacker and on special teams. He has 22 career tackles and ended spring practice first on the depth chart at one of the linebacker spots.
"Vontae has had a really strong camp," said Diaco. "He has been really focused on his weight and making sure he stays at a functional weight. He's done a good job of that and practices hard. He really brings an energy to practice to get better at his craft."
For another preview look at the 2016 Huskies, here's a preview from the American Athletic Digital Network.
UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict was back on the airways of WTIC NewsTalk 1080 on late Thursday afternoon to talk about more enhancements to Game Day at UConn football. He was a guest on the "Joe D. and Gresh Show", which features UConn play-by-play man Joe D'Ambrosio and Andy Gresh.
Benedict announced that UConn students will now receive free bus transportation to and from campus for UConn football games, instead of having to pay for it. For those students who wish to drive, there will now be a special student tailgating lot at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at a special rate. All UConn freshmen will receive a game ticket to the September 1 opener vs. Maine. There will be a free tailgate for all UConn students prior to the Maine game, featuring Bear's Smokehouse Barbeque.
Fans will see a difference in the video and ribbon boards at the stadium this year. There is a new layout for the video board, which can be seen above, that makes critical game information as score, time, down and distance and game stats easier to read. Those same types of improvements will be made on the ribbon boards as well.
The game presentation will have a better flow with a large reduction in the number of public address reads and on-field presentations. Instead, there will be more of an emphasis on music - by both the UConn Marching Band and loud, exciting piped-in songs. The break between the third and fourth quarter will be an exciting time with the UConn Drumline getting the crowd ready for the last period along with more piped-in music.
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