Nov. 4, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team plays an historic contest on Saturday when it makes its debut in the New York metropolitan area as it takes on Army at Yankee Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network and the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
Both teams bring a 2-6 record into the game as the Huskies are coming off their biggest contest of the year - a 37-29 win over UCF last Saturday at Rentschler Field. Army has lost three games in a row and feel to Air Force on Saturday by a 23-6 count.
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Tuesday was the weekly media day in Storrs and here are quotes and video from head coach Bob Diaco with a social media summary.
"Great to get started in a conventional game week. It's really nice to be on schedule, we have an interesting system for trying to stay on schedule rather than being on schedule so it is nice to have a couple conventional weeks in a row to slide into a routine, that seems to help programs. It helps our program. It's also great to get started again after a victory, the energy is high and the relationships are growing and the receptors are even more wide open, so that's very very positive. The incredible challenge with the Academy, any time you play the service academies you're in for a contest and to be able to have that game in arguably one of the most prestigious venues in sports and the world, that's exciting for everyone too."
On Army's offense:
"They average over 400 yards of offense and most of it is runs. I want to say in the games we broke down there's only a handful of passes. They run the ball, they run it great and very proficiently. They have talented runners and it's an unbelievable system to try and defend. It's an absolute defensive nightmare, a complete and utter nightmare. The passes are typically point-producers or set up scores. Because it is always about a bust on defense, a player as we say loses his eyes and takes him off his responsibility on that one time and they find him. They know who is going to lose their eyes. They don't have a lot of plays, they don't have a lot of formations but what they do they do well. They know what you're going to do, they know what your answer is and they know your answer. They always have the pen last."
On memories of Yankee Stadium:
"I just enjoy the ballpark and being there with my family and my dad and brothers and uncles. The family had these four seats, and still do, so they rotated through a very large family. I spent some time there and growing up, there's so many names that you love. It's hard not to get excited about Derek Jeter and follow his career. So if you're talking about a favorite Yankee it's hard not just identify with him and all he stood for and everything he did for so long. But one of my favorite memories was going there and playing a football game. That's what is so cool about this organization and I'm not sure how many are doing it or who was first, maybe Wrigley Field or Soldier Field holding some hockey, but the Yankees have always tapped into college football, they had New York high school playoffs there. So it's really cool what they do and kind of a service to those boroughs there. It's really neat what they're doing with the community outreach there to open the venue to all kinds of sporting events."
On playing against a service academy and playing in New York: "It's great. There's a whole bunch of people that see the national appeal of the service academies and identify with them. All three you know you're in a heavyweight fight. Even as of last weekend, they were incredible battles with those academies. Particularly in this area, there's a great affinity for Army and Navy and in this case we're talking about Army. They are heavily followed by this whole region and for that there's great exposure. People in Connecticut already have a template for going to New York and watching the Huskies. So I know the basketball teams go down there, have great relationships with New York and have a great following and a lot of success in the city. So we're looking forward to continuing that."
#UConn's four tailbacks have combined for 1,077 career rushing yards. Army has 4 active players who have topped that mark-- Jim Fuller (@NHRJimFuller) November 4, 2014
Army vs. UConn @ Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 3:30 PM. Take a Metro-North Train to the Game! See http://t.co/7V0JnJubhD.— Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) November 4, 2014
Diaco: Any recruit who would ask about the weather in the Northeast is not the right kind of player for #UConn.— Patrick Eaton-Robb (@peatonrobb) November 4, 2014
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