Aug. 21, 2014Media Day Photo Gallery
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team held its annual media day for 2014 at The Burton Family Football Complex and the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center. In addition to the traditional media day interviews and photos, the big news of the day came with the naming of the 2014 team captains and the release of the post-training camp depth chart.
For a look at the depth chart, please CLICK HERE. You can also check out some of the best social media of the day at the bottom of this story.
UConn football head coach Bob Diaco announced at Media Day that redshirt senior wide receiver Geremy Davis (Lawrenceville, Ga.), redshirt senior cornerback Byron Jones (New Britain, Conn.), redshirt senior center Alex Mateas (Ottawa, Ontario) and redshirt junior linebacker Marquise Vann (Cincinnati, Ohio) will captain the Huskies for the 2014 season. The captains were decided by a team vote.
Davis is coming off one of the most prolific seasons for a receiver in program history, hauling in 71 receptions for 1,085 yards in 2013. He became the first receiver in UConn's FBS era to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards and added three touchdowns. His finest performance came on a record-setting day against Memphis at Rentschler Field on Dec. 6. In a 45-10 win, Davis recorded 15 receptions for 207 yards and a touchdown. The 15 catches are a single-game program record, and the 207 yards rank fifth-most in a game in UConn history.
The 6'3 receiver was named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List in July. Jones is a three-year starter in the secondary, starting all 12 games at cornerback last year after starting at safety in 2011 and 2012. Last year, he led the Huskies with three interceptions and finished tied for third on the squad with 60 total tackles.
Jones has played in all 36 games of the last three seasons and has 199 career tackles, 14 pass break-ups and six interceptions.
UConn's most experienced returner on the offensive line, Mateas started all 12 games at center in 2013 and has played in 20 overall games over the last two seasons. He was named to the Rimington Award Spring Watch List in May.
Vann has played in 20 games over the last three seasons, and made three starts at linebacker last season. He has totaled 21 tackles in his career, including a career-high five stops against No. 18 Louisville last season. Vann made a splash playing in his hometown last year when he returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown in an Oct. 19 contest at Cincinnati.
The Huskies open the 2014 season on Friday, Aug. 29 when they welcome BYU to Rentschler Field. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will air nationally on ESPN. The contest will also be available on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
Diaco said the Huskies are still at a 100 level in terms of understanding systems. Hope is to get to 400 level where instinct takes over.-- Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) August 21, 2014
Media Day notes: DeLorenzo starter atRB http://t.co/97WtKSKce8-- John Silver (@JohnFSilver) August 21, 2014
OK. Well, where do I start. DeLorenzo RB, John Green to CB (crowded field), a billion other things. Can write for a month...-- John Silver (@JohnFSilver) August 21, 2014
My ranking of interviews at #UConn football media day: 1) Graham Stewart on Casey Cochran's mullet; 1A) B.J. McBryde on any subject-- Jim Fuller (@NHRJimFuller) August 21, 2014
Diaco said he started studying football intensely at age 7.-- Jeff Jacobs (@jacobscourant) August 21, 2014
Diaco said, "If I give the ball to (Ansonia's) Arkeel (Newsome) and no one can tackle him, I'm going to keep giving it to him."-- Chris Elsberry (@elsctpost) August 21, 2014