STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team returns to action on Saturday when it takes on Boise State at noon at Rentschler Field. The game will be televised on ABC on a regional basis and to the rest of the country on ESPN2. The game will also be heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
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UConn brings a 1-1 record into Saturday's game after posting the first win of head coach Bob Diaco's college career with a 19-16 win over Stony Brook on Saturday.
Boise State is a member of the Mountain West Conference and has been one of the most dominant college football programs in the past decade. Since 2003, Boise has won more games than any other team in the country with 126, while Oklahoma is second with 119.
The Broncos are off to a 1-1 start in 2014 with a loss to Mississippi and a win over Colorado State. Bryan Harsin is in his first season as the head coach at Boise State after spending the 2013 season as the head coach at Arkansas State. Harsin was also an assistant coach at Boise from 2001-10. Last season, Boise played in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl and the Broncos have made bowl appearances in each of the past 12 seasons.
Tuesday was media day in Storrs for the game and here are quotes and video from head coach Bob Diaco -- plus a social media wrapup.
On Casey Cochran's role as a mentor to UConn student-athletes "Casey is excited about playing a role with the team, and is excited about learning how to be a coach. We can immediately get started with his development in that area, give him a few jobs and a few roles. He has no change in his scholarship, all that still pertains and the requirements are still during this time period 20 hours, and out of season eight hours. He's still working in some kind of role."
On sophomore quarterback Tim Boyle: "Tim Boyle is going to play. Tim needs to play. He needs to get his opportunities, whether they happen during the course of the game or not, we need to make them happen. Tim has all top-notch traits. He's fast, he's big, he's got great vision over the linemen, he's got a very strong arm. He can throw all the passes, he's got good touch on the shallow passes, nice touch on the deep passes. He can zip from the hash to the field flat, he's got that kind of strength in his arm. He's got enough escape ability to be a problem. So those are things I like about him. He's got top-flight tangible traits."
On Boise State: "They are a really exciting team. I think that has kind of been captivating for the country as it relates to Boise. They have a very unique offensive system, very explosive. Not only explosive in the style that they run their offense, but the players are explosive. So it creates a major problem, it creates a lot of points and pizazz and that is kind of fun for the whole community and fan experience. Defensively, they play hard, they fly around, they are a very aggressive bunch over the last ten years, and this year is no different. Same drill: explosive players, explosive offense. Last week they had 63 plays on offense at halftime. That's the kind of football they like to play. They're all set and ready before the official is even ready to walk away from the ball."
On Boise State running back Jay Ajayi: "He's an excellent back. Hard to tackle, fast, aggressive. He's got moves, short space quickness, he's got a nice spin. He uses his weapons. He's got a complete game, catches well. They check the ball down to him a bunch. He's a predominant, predominant performer and a very productive player in their offense. "
On Boise State's front seven: "They have a lot of penetration. They'll pack the box with a lot of guys and just make it hard on you. There's a lot of movement, their linebackers run and run downhill. They really attack the line of scrimmage well, they don't mind adding safeties down there and try and create as many negative plays as possible. "
On improvements from the Stony Brook win: "I would say effort. I thought that defensively, the defenders played with a high level of effort. Communication increased on defense, more demonstrative communication with more people on the same page. I was pleased with the tackling, I felt that improved from week one to week two. Although we had two pre-snap penalties, we dropped penalties from eight to three, so that was positive."
On redshirt senior quarterback Chandler Whitmer running the ball vs. Stony Brook: "I was pleased with when he decided to leave the pocket. I thought it was good stuff, we don't want to over-coach that. (Quarterbacks coach) Don Patterson has him coached to run now, and he's good at it. It keeps the plays alive. On the scale of what to do with the ball, that's a pretty good option. Tuck it and run."
On redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Andreas Knappe returning from injury: "I see Andreas now as back in the position he was in, as a battler. Whether he is going to start or not we will determine through the course of this week. We go to the practice field today and he is full go, and we will see what his function is like and have him battle for that tackle spot."
Casey Cochran is one of the best kids I know and never gave anything but his best in everything he did, unbelievable teammate and friend — TM Sean McQuillan (@BiG_SeaN49) September 9, 2014
Diaco to fanbase: "I got it. We've got to have a great product and we're going to so please come.:— Desmond Conner (@desmondconner) September 9, 2014
Boise State ran 63 plays in the first half last week. That's insane.— Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) September 9, 2014
Diaco said Cochran addressed team Monday. No tears. "Very professional, explaining the why and what." #UConn— Paul Doyle (@PaulDoyle1) September 9, 2014