STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn football team returns to action on Friday night when it takes on Temple at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
Game time is 7:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.
The game will be televised by ESPN2 and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn brings a 3-6 record into the game and a 1-5 mark in American Athletic Conference action. Temple is 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the American.
The UConn football media notes can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Tuesday was Media Day in Storrs. Head coach Bob Diaco held his weekly press conference and during it announced the assistant coach David Corley will be serving as offensive coordinator for the rest of the season.
Here are quotes and video form Diaco, Corley and selected Husky players.
Head Coach Bob Diaco
"(Frank Verducci) will continue to serve the staff with his expertise in the offensive line. So he will have an expanded role there, he will continue to coach the tight ends, but will also add the tackles to a lot of his daily work and routine. Mike Cummings will focus mainly on interior work instead of all five. He will have a chance to hone in on the two guards and center. That added resource to that group and the tight ends getting more work on pass protection, going to one-on-on pass rush, these are all things that can be added and were added as early as yesterday. "
"(Frank) is an absolute pro and a great guy. He is someone that I've known since I was 14 years old. He wants what is best for our football team, what is best for our young men and wants what is best for our staff. He is a good man, he has a strong football mind and this is not all on him.
"So we will elevate David Corley into that role (of offensive coordinator). Super excited about it for more reasons than just one. He is a very accomplished quarterback, his whole life driving offense. Looking at that group, Dave has had great success as trigger-puller at quarterback and offensive driver of many teams that have had success. Shows a career accolade of being in the Hall-of-Fame at William & Mary, he is one of the most accomplished, productive players in college football history."
"More importantly, his suggestions this year have really been spot on. They've been some of the better moments in games, the better plays in games, his suggestions in-game that I have had an opportunity to listen to have been on point. He has a really good feel for that."
Making change on short week
"It's difficult to make that change at any time, but very necessary. I don't know how, considering what has gone on for nine weeks, from what has been thrown at the wall, how it would have been believable from an energy, belief and confidence standpoint."
On why offense hasn't been effective
"I can answer on the skill players for sure, I feel really good about their development. The tight ends role isn't because of the tight ends, they are all better than they were, all skills improved. It is a talented group and they work hard, including the backs. Those guys are all really strong and are improving every day.
"We are interested in running, what I consider, a Northeast-UConn recipe for winning and I still believe it. That brand of football gives us the best chance to win. That is how you play, especially, considering the last time we played at home, it was only 42 degrees and sideways rain. Who knows what it will be Friday night and on into November. Which is a good thing, which is a positive for a team from here, that is why it is hard for a team from the South to come North and compete. The Patriots show it all the time."
On being new offensive coordinator
"This is something I've always wanted to do, coaching runs in my family. Playing quarterback in college, obviously involving game-planning and playing quarterback at the next level and game-planning, it was always the next step I wanted to take in my career."
Energy that he brings
"Everybody has their personality and way they carry themselves and conduct their business. The way I do things, I have a lot of energy and in general want to bring that to work every day so that it rubs off on our players.
"That really comes from Coach Diaco, who when he first got hired, wanted to bring in guys that were excited to come in and work."
How much change in the offense
"As far as how much change, we are just looking to put our players in the best possible position. Like we told our guys, we feel like we've got some talented players on our team offensively. We feel like we have guys good enough to win ballgames. We just have to put them in the best position possible to utilize their skill sets."
"We definitely have to improve on our ability to run the ball, as well as protecting the passer. So doing thing to accentuate those and make the most of our opportunities. We have play makers out there at receiver spots and we just need to protect our passer so he can get the ball into their hands."
Linebacker Vontae Diggs
As a leader, what has been said to the team
"Talking to the guys, we just have to keep our heads up. All sides of the ball, in all three phases. We try not to get too down, we still have a lot of football left with three games and can still become bowl eligible if we play to our potential. We are trying to keep each other hyped up and keep each other going."
What needs to change
"Execution, coach has put us in a good spot, we just need to execute. Make tackles, go get the ball on defense. We had zero takeaways in the last game, so that contributes to it and we need to get off the field on third and fourth down."
Pressure on the defense
"The thing about being a defender, is you don't get to punt. So no matter how many times you are out on the field, that one play can be the last play of that drive. So for us, it's always pressure, it is nothing different for us. We don't do our job and they will score. So it doesn't matter if we are on the field one time or one thousand times, we have to treat every down like they aren't going to score."
Linebacker Luke Carrezola
Frustration from hard work not paying off
"Of course it is frustrating, it's not easy. As a team we are just trying to bounce back this week, Temple is a great team coming in and we are excited for the matchup." Mindset "We have to take it one week at a time, if we can't get past this week then we can't go to a bowl game. So we just have to try and win the day and it's a one-week season."
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