STORRS, Conn. - The UConn football team held meetings on Saturday as it continues to prepare for the upcoming 2016 season. It won't be long now as the Huskies open the season on Thursday, Sept. 1, when it takes on Maine at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
The mind of a football fan tends to wander on a late August Saturday. There is still a lawn to mow, a garden to water and a beach to dig your feet into the sand, but fans can't help thinking, "Three weeks from now we will be playing Navy in the conference opener.", "Wow, five weeks from now is Syracuse.", "Heck, before you know it, it will be Homecoming in October vs. UCF.".
There is a lot of excitement for this season at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field with lots of new Game Day improvements and enhancements. If you have not seen the list yet, CLICK HERE.
People are going to want to be part of UConn football this year under third-year head coach Bob Diaco and you can get your tickets by CLICKING HERE.
In our UConn Camp report two days ago, we showed an interview featuring junior tailback Ron Johnson (Naples, Fla.) and what he felt about the team's preseason. Now, here is Diaco talking about Johnson
Also this week, the UConn IMG Radio Network announced that former Husky quarterback Ken Sweitzer will be the new sideline report on Husky games. Sweitzer replaces longtime sideline reporter Kevin Nathan, who now has increased news responsibilities at NBC Connecticut.
Sweitzer (second from right) is pictured above with the radio crew that also includes Devin Raeli, Anthony "Rex" McCalla, Wayne Norman, Joe D'Ambrosio and Bob Joyce.
Sweitzer was the 1981 Yankee Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the Huskies as a quarterback and earned All-Yankee Conference honors five times at three different positions during his career -- wide receiver in 1979, quarterback in 1980 and '81 and punter in 1981. He completed his collegiate career as the holder of 18 different school records and remains fourth in total offense and passing yardage.
Sweitzer was named to UConn's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1998. He was the winner of the 2014 Red O'Neill Award by The UConn Club, which is given annually to a former UConn student-athlete who has been successful later in life.
For those who never saw Sweitzer play in person, check out this vintage 1980 UConn Football Highlight Film -- he's the quarterback at No. 12. Make sure you go to the 13:00 mark and watch him engineer an incredible comeback win vs. Holy Cross -- on of the biggest pre-FBS wins in Husky history.