Scott McCummings and the Huskies take on WMU on Saturday.
Sept. 17, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Western Michigan for a 2:00 p.m. game against the Broncos. UConn is 2-1 on the season and coming off an exciting 24-21 win at Maryland on Saturday.
Western Michigan is 1-2, but both losses have come to the hands of Big Ten team, including a 28-23 loss at Minnesota last Saturday.
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Weekly press conference quotes can be found below the live chat area.
Head coach Paul Pasqualoni held his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon, below are quotes from the coach and selected student-athletes.
Paul Pasqualoni, Head Coach
"We're trying to get over the flu bug. We've still got a little bit of it lingering. So far we've had a very good week of practice.
What can you say about Alex Carder?
"He's the leader [of WMU]. To me, he's an extremely smart guy, as I watch the film. He has taken them in the no-huddle, the hurry-up. He's getting them in the right play. He's making a lot of decision before the snap. He's making decisions after the snap as well. He's a high-energy, real good leader. He's throws it really well. We know that. He threw it for almost 500 yards against us last year. I don't know if there is anything we can give him that he hasn't seen. He has seen a lot."
Could this week be a potential letdown game after an emotional win for the players?
"I would hope not. I think that our team has been pretty level-headed, they've been grounded. I think that they understand that each week, you start over again and what you did last week, you hope you build on it. I'm looking for them to come in and be really focused today."
How do you get the offense to attack better vertically?
"Two out of three weeks, we've been over 8.0 [yards] per attempt. If you can be at 8.0 per attempt, that's really pretty good. We weren't there last week, but we're going to design the pass game with our shots in there, we're going to have our vertical game in there, we're going to have our possession game in there and we're going to go out and work our butts off."
Due to personnel changes, has WMU changed its offensive philosophy?
"No. I really like there receiving corps. I know that they lost some outstanding receivers, but I think they [still] have some outstanding receivers. To me, the philosophy of the spread offense and having multiple sets of wide receivers, [the receivers] are doing a good job of playing multiple positions and really understanding the [offensive] concepts."
How did you think Adams and Mack played in the secondary at
"They played a very big role. I think that other than that ill-advised penalty by Taylor Mack, I really believe that the [pass interference] could have gone either way; he played a pretty steady game. Andrew Adams came in and he's been pretty consistent and is getting more comfortable and getting better."
Are there any updates on the status of the defensive line?
"Ted Jennings has gotten surgery. What we'll do is, Tim Willman will step up and Kenton Adeyemi will step up. [Elijah] Norris will have to step up. We'll go into this [week] with four guys ready to go. Jesse [Joseph] is a very good football player. Jesse likes the contact phase of the game. He plays with a very good motor and plays very tough. He has played a lot of football here, so to lose that kind of experience is very hard. We're going to miss everything he's done."
How much confidence is there on this in going on the road after getting such a big win this past weekend?
"It was a good team win at
It's non-conference, it's
"It's another opportunity to go get a victory and we try to take things one game at a time. We're looking forward for an opportunity to play a strong team from the MAC conference and take care of business up there."
What does this offense have to do to be more consistent?
"Basically be consistent. Put drives together, stay ahead of the chains. We did a pretty good job of that last Saturday. There were a few bumps here and there late in the second half but we had some nice third-down conversions to keep the chains moving. We have to do a little bit more of that."
Are you feeling more comfortable with each passing games and the guys rallying around you?
"Yea, definitely. I'm feeling comfortable back there just doing what I have to do to keep the team on the field. I'm just doing what I'm asked by the coaches. I know we didn't throw too much last game, but I had to do what I was asked to do. Lyle had a pretty effective game, so did Scott. We did what we needed to do to get the W."
What's the biggest development from week 1 to week 3 in the offense?
"I think everyone is a little more comfortable. We've got a little more confidence, especially after that win. We'll take it through this week of practice and see what we can get better at."
Nick Williams, Sr., Wide Receiver
You won a close game, on the road, where maybe last year you don't win those games. What do you think you got out of that win at
"I think it's a big win. I think it wasn't pretty, we have a lot of things to clean up on offense, a few on defense and special teams, but a win is a win. When you can do that on the road in a big game, a game that had a little extra juice to it in a hostile environment, I think it's huge just to stack wins early on in the season."
Can you talk about the punt return for a touchdown and finally getting one in the end zone?
"Yeah that was nice. It's been a while. It's been over a year now. It's good to get back in the end zone on the return."
Last year this team beat you here. Is there a little bit of a drive to kind of show them what you've got?
"Absolutely. I mean, just the next game is all the drive that you need, but especially after coming off a loss against them last season should just amp the guys up a little bit."
What'd they do that worked last year? What happened in that game?
"Their quarterback was hitting his wide receivers. We didn't really make any plays on special teams. Our offense played decently but it was more later in the game. I think this year we need to come out strong at the beginning of the game and hit on all phases."
Do you feel like your role is an ever-evolving thing from game to game? Do you see this week as some sort of a validation as to how your role is evolving?
"I wish it wasn't a week to week evolution. I wish It was a little more cemented. It does change week to week depending on what the defense is doing and what the other team's special teams unit is doing. Whatever they try to draw up in there is the game plan. It does change pretty drastically from week to week though."