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Huskies Preparing For Prime Time Game At USF

Oct. 11, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn football team, fresh off its 20-9 win over Cincinnati last Saturday, is back on the practice field this week preparing for a key American Athletic Conference East Division game. The Huskies take on USF Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the game will be televised by CBS Sports Network and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.

USF is 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in the American and is coming off a 38-22 win at East Carolina while the Huskies check in a 3-3 overall and are 1-2 in the American.

For the UConn media notes, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday was Media Day in Storrs and here are quotes and video from head coach Bob Diaco and redshirt sophomore center Ryan Crozier (Plantation, Fla.), plus a Twitter recap of the day.

Head Coach Bob Diaco

Opening Statement

"Thanks for coming. We're excited to be in game week. We were really pleased to be able to come together as a team yesterday with a lot to coach and correct, but after a win. To be able to do that is really excellent for the team. The feeling and energy of putting a lot in and doing it the right way and then for that to pay off is a great feeling and a reinforcement of habits and culture. We're excited about addressing the small things and instances in all three phases. No one showed up sensitive or had the wrong attitude or energy. Everyone is continuing to grow together and get better. We've got an incredible task to get ready to play the preseason No. 1 pick in the league. Everyone's excited about it to play this team in their place on the road in an NFL venue is super exciting for our team."

On the changes in the secondary and evaluating the play: "It's based on what we need to do based on matching up on the players. We'll put those four, five, or six guys into whatever best suites the match-ups from a week-to-week standpoint. I thought they played well overall. I thought John Green played really well for as much work as he got. There are some small things to coach with foot action and body position. He tried hard the whole time, competed, and made some plays. With some small tweaks and corrections fundamentally, it is our hope that he can get into more plays. I thought Jamar (Summers) played excellent. He's a really talented guy with high-level football intelligence. You don't have to tell him every little thing. There are still things to be coached on with him."

On Jamar Summers' versatility: "He's really good. He's a very football-intelligent player. To me, Jamar Summers' future at UConn and beyond UConn, if he's fortunate enough, is at corner. He's a corner. He's a selfless person and teammate so he'll do whatever the team needs him to do. He's got the aptitude to do the safety job. His future is at corner."

On the improvement of the offensive line: "They're getting better. I think one thing is that we have a cog back that hasn't been present for a long time. So the guards are now healthy where we can go three for two with Tommy (Hopkins) back at the guard position."

On the rush defense: "I feel like the run defense has been great all year long. We've played a couple of the top rushing teams in America. So this will be a great, great challenge. They are statistically on offense, No. 1 in the country in many categories. It will be a great challenge not only systematically but their players too. They have very talented players in all three areas. They have a great tailback, quarterback who drives the whole thing, and then on the perimeter they have some exceptional speed."

The Last Meeting
USF - Homecoming28
October 17, 2015
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
UConn Drops 28-20 Decision to USF
The University of Connecticut football team had 528 yards of total offense on Saturday, but those yards only yielded 20 points as USF defeated the Huskies by a 28-20 score before a Homecoming crowd of 31,719 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.