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Huskies Hold Media Day And Name Captains

Aug. 24, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. - The UConn football team held its annual Media Day on Wednesday on campus at The Burton Family Football Complex and the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center. Media from around the state and region attended the event.

The day began with a morning practice by the Huskies followed by a press conference with head coach Bob Diaco and media opportunities with the UConn assistant coaching staff and Husky players from both sides of the ball. In addition, traditional pictures were taken of position groups and the coaching staff.

UConn opens the season on Thursday, Sept. 1 when it takes on Maine at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by the American Sports Network (locally in Connecticut on WCCT-TV) and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.

The highlight of Media Day, as has become the tradition under Diaco, was the naming of the team captains. This year's captains are: redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.), redshirt senior offensive lineman Andreas Knappe (Silkeborg, Denmark), redshirt senior defensive lineman Mikal Myers (Newburgh, N.Y.) and senior linebacker Matthew Walsh (Madison, Conn.)

Knappe started all 13 games for UConn last year at right tackle and has played in 24 games over the past three seasons with 20 starts. He is a three-time member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and now has been named a team captain two years in a row.

Shirreffs was UConn's starting quarterback last year and had over 200 yards of passing in five games. He had only eight interceptions in 279 pass attempts and was seventh in school single-season history with 2,581 all-purpose yards and was tied for sixth in plays with 433. In 2015 alone, he has four of the top eight rushing performances by a UConn QB in a single game.

Walsh started his UConn career as a fullback, but was converted to a linebacker last season - where he played in all 13 games and started three. He is also a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

Walsh had eight tackles last year in two different games. He played in 23 games in 2013-14 as a fullback. Myers is a veteran of the defensive line and has played in all 25 UConn games over the past two years. He made 26 tackles last year, which was fifth on the team, and started two games. He had four tackles against Marshall in last year's St. Petersburg Bowl.