STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn football team plays Virginia on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The Huskies bring a 1-1 record into the game while the Cavaliers are 0-2, with losses to Richmond and Oregon. The game will be televised on SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.
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UConn Head Coach Bob Diaco
"We're excited to get back to work. It's Tuesday for us so we're ready to get back to full-speed practice after what was a very hard, painful loss. It was very hard and painful on a few different levels. The care and change in our culture and our football family, which was been profound, makes the moments you don't have success so much worse. When you make a great investment to get something done and it doesn't work out the way you would have hoped, it becomes very painful. Obviously, the way the game ended was a very visual look with the ball six inches away from the end zone. I'm proud of the players. I'm proud of their effort, resiliency, and the culture that we created together that would allow for that. It's worth noting. It's incredibly special. At some point in the game, the lights came on. It was an explosive production. We're looking forward to that continuing. So we went back to work and analyzed all those situations. Everything that we did was well thought out. We don't do things in a haphazard way. It's been a very interesting few years with as tight as all the ballgames have been to see the tactical game conversations. It's almost like we've gotten in every one of the situations you might feel like you would have gotten in 10 years. We're looking forward to Virginia as an opponent and preparing for that."
On trying to eliminate slow starts and playing from behind:
"To me, that was where most of the focus was spent because that's the actual game. It became, through the perseverance of the overall team and the call patterns of a very smart coaching staff, we were able to create this moment at the end of the game. How do we have less of these moments at the end of the game? That's what I'm interested in."
On the evaluation of QB Bryant Shirreffs' play
"Honestly, there's not a guy's performance that I'm disappointed in. Bryant moved, kept drives alive and moved down field. The coaching is really taking root there. Now we have some more stuff to coach. It's just another layer and another level to his management. He did a wonderful job. I'm really pleased with his growth from game one to game two."
On the play of Noel Thomas a senior:
"He's prepared himself to have this level of production. He got very serious about his work going back to January or February and through all of spring conditioning. He hasn't stopped. He comes to practice animated and excited."
On the challenges of the Virginia team:
"I think Bronco Mendenhall is a great coach. I love the way they play. They play with effort and energy. He's a defensive guy so the defense is strong, stout, and aggressive. It's a very talented team. It's an ACC team and it looks like an ACC team. They've got some real explosive players, in particular in the backfield. I'm sure they're pleased with the quarterback play in terms of running, throwing and managing the offense. They're an explosive group."
-- Jim Fuller (@NHRJimFuller) September 14, 2016
Diaco very forthcoming, spent half an hour talking answering questions about the end of Navy game.
-- Patrick Eaton-Robb (@peatonrobb) September 13, 2016
Ex-UConn AD Lew Perkins will take part in the pre game coin flip Saturday.
-- Neill Ostrout (@NeillOstrout) September 13, 2016