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UConn, Boston College To Meet In New England Battle

Nov. 15, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - The UConn football team plays at Boston College on Saturday in the first meeting between the two schools, which are 90 miles apart from each other, since 2004. Kickoff is 1 p.m. in Chestnut Hill and the game is being televised on ACC Network Extra, which is available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN and will be heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.

UConn brings a record of 3-7 into the game and is 1-6 in the American Athletic Conference while the Eagles are 4-6 overall and 1-6 in the ACC.

For a copy of the UConn Media Notes, please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday was Media Day in Storrs and here are quotes and video from head coach Bob Diaco and junior safety Brice McAllister (East Longmeadow, Mass.) plus a Twitter recap of the day.

UConn Head Coach Bob Diaco

Opening Statement coming off a bye week

"It has been a positive week for the team and staff, nothing negative, or earth shattering either. Just a really functional bye week, they did work well and came back to work as we hoped they would. So, if the proof is in the pudding on the game, at least at this point from how the bye week was managed I felt pretty good about how the group was able to work, both physically and mentally."

On the bye week

"Intangibly, just a refresh, refocus and opportunity for players to say, why do I do what I do? To be able to step out of it, be out of it and miss it and long for that competitive moment. Tangibly, we got a chance to work on fundamentals. We had a few practices and the lion's share of practice was fundaments. Blocking, block structure, tackling, breaking tackles, catching the football and all those things that make plays look good or not good. At the end of the day, if you can block, throw the football with authority, break a tackle or step through a tackle or open up a crease the play works better than not. We are a nuts and bolts group and the ability to get back to that is who we are."

On culture of the team

"These are our habits - these habits are proven winning habits. Now right now we are not a winning team but these habits are winning habits and we are not going to change them. Other than to add to them, to make them better, we are not going to digress. The culture is so strong and you can see it in games. The team plays hard for four quarters; the team doesn't get pushed around. They don't get knocked off the ball, we have had some offensive line issues but it's more systematic than it is physical. The mindset that they bring to the game -- that they bring to the task -- is very appropriate."

How freshman QB Donovan Williams is progressing

"He is getting more comfortable and in his play you can see some choices that are more demonstrative. The game seems, at least the last few days, it has slowed down for him a bit more. That's part of the problem for a young player is that the game is moving so fast. He has a little more confidence and with the game slowing down, he has sped up and is moving a bit faster, which is great."

On the Boston College game

"The supporters of the program should be super excited about this matchup. The team is, I am, it's a regional powerhouse with some real cache in a highly competitive environment and fairly local. I think it is awesome, I would love to play them every year. But I would also like to play all these other regional teams, it would be really cool. Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Maryland, some of these footprint teams, West Virginia would be a neat game."

Safety Brice McAllister

On defensive mindset

"We just need to go out there and play the game that we play. Everything else will fall into place."

On how his game has progressed

"The last few weeks I have been focusing on what I can do better to help the team, especially following behind Obi (Melifonwu) and he has been helping me a lot on how to watch film, what to look for and what he sees when watching."

On bye week

"It did help us a lot, really to come together as a family and we still have a lot in front of us. We have the BC game and then after that senior day and how that is important for our guys. We were disappointed after the Temple game but there is still so much out there for us."

The Last Meeting
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September 17, 2004
Chestnut Hill, Mass.