Blidi Wreh-Wilson and the Huskies take on UMass on Thursday.
Aug. 25, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Football game week is finally here! UConn opens up the 2012 season on Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Massachusetts at Rentschler Field.
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Here are the UConn media and press notes for the Thursday game, including an updated depth chart.
Here is the UConn football depth chart entering the game.
Thursday's game will be televised live on SNY and can also be heard on the IMG-UConn Radio Network at WTIC 1080.
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni held his weekly press conference Sunday afternoon, below are quotes from the coach and selected student-athletes.
Head Coach Paul Pasqualoni
"Hard to believe it's Tuesday...well it feels like Tuesday to me because obviously it is exciting to be in game week. It is good to finally be in a game week. Our outlook is very positive. We have just one injury right now. [Defensive tackle] Shamar Stephen will not play in this game. We're looking forward to a very good college football game, a great game in the Northeast. It should be pretty exciting."
What kind of rivalry do you hope to establish with UMass?
"I think that we're all very excited about it and the possibilities and potential of what a rivalry with
What do you know about UMass and its new coaching staff?
"We know that the coaching staff there is an outstanding coaching staff. We don't know exactly what they'll do. [Head coach] Charley [Molnar] was the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame and did one great job with a high octane offense. He'll spread you all over the field, do an excellent job with the screens, run the ball very well and throw the ball in several looks and play actions on first and second down. We know that we have our plate full. Certainly, on first and second down and they're an excellent concept team on third down. We know that they're going to be high tempo and they're fitting their players and talent into their roles. We will not be surprised by how well organized and efficient they are."
What went into your decisions regarding left tackle, tight end and defensive tackle on the depth chart?
"I would say that [John] Delahunt and [Ryan]
After all these years, do you still have the same emotions heading into the first game of the year?
"Yes. It never changes. That feeling that you get once the regular season officially starts and you work from Tuesday to get to Wednesday and the excitement builds, then you get over to the stadium and that feeling never changes. Whether it was
How do you fell about quarterback
"I feel good about
Do you feel better about your depth at wide receiver this season?
"Right now, we're pretty healthy and that's kind of a delicate position, traditionally. I think that we have more depth [this year] and I think that the roles that they're in, really fit their skills sets. If we can stay healthy and play fast, I think we can have a productive set of wide receivers."
How will the new kick-off rules affect Nick Williams as a weapon in the return game?
"I think that it's going to reduce injuries in returns. That's what the NFL tried to do and they did it. When we get a chance to return, we want to be prepared to return. Hopefully Nick [Williams] will have some opportunities."
What have you seen from
#43 Lyle McCombs, Redshirt-Sophomore Running Back
Is the offense where you want it to be at this point and how are you looking forward to game one?
"I think that we're where we want to be at this point and we're ready to go. Guys are ready to get out there and spot hitting each other. I think we're ready to go and everybody is excited"
Can you talk about the offensive line and what you've seen in camp?
"I'm not concerned at all. I think the offensive line will do a great job, like they do every year. I'm as confident in them as I am with anybody on this team."
Is there a tendency to overlook a recent FCS opponent in the season opener?
"They're a good opponent and we're going to respect them just like we respect any other opponent. We're not going to take them lightly."
#48 Trevardo Williams, Senior Defensive End
Is the philosophy of the defensive line to confuse the offense and not let them know what is coming?
"Our job is to cause chaos. Coach is always talking about that and it's mainly our job to make it difficult for the offense to pick up on the defense."
How excited is everybody to show what they can do and turn things around?
"Everyone is excited. We have 16 seniors and this is our last year. We're just trying to go out with a bang."
Is there more leadership on this team than in years past?
"There is a lot of leadership at each position. On the offensive line, [Adam] Masters always keeps the offense in check and keeps them focused. If anyone is feeling distracted, he'll keep them looking forward. On the defense, we've got a bunch of seniors. We're all on the same page. If anyone falls, we'll just motivate them to get back up?
What are your personal goals for the season?
"I definitely want to produce more in the red zone. That's a goal I'm working on. I've got to get myself big when we get down to scoring time and I've got to work on my footwork to get better as a blocking tight end."
What does tight end John Delahunt bring to this offense?
"[John Delahunt] is a real good blocker. He'll get after you in the run game and can beat you deep if you're caught looking in the backfield."
How have you taken to the UConn system on offense?
"It's more of a pro-style system, with drop backs and play actions, which is more fitting to my game."
Will the tight ends be a big part of your targets this year?
"I think so. We've got some great playmakers there and we also have playmakers outside at receiver and have Lyle [McCombs] in the backfield. I'm excited about all of the weapons we have on offense."
What do you see as the strength of the UConn defense this year?
"They've got a lot [of strengths]. There are no real holes in that defense. I'm real excited about everybody. The defensive line is looking real good, our linebacking corps is real solid and on the outside we've got two older guys; [Dwayne] Gratz and Blidi [Wreh-Wilson] that are really going to lock down some receivers."
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