STORRS, Conn. (Nov. 19, 2008) – The University of Connecticut held its weekly football media luncheon on Tuesday for Sunday's game against South Florida. Here are selected quotes from the event.
Head Coach Randy Edsall
What do you expect against South Florida?
It’s going to be tough. They’re fifth in the country against the run. We’re going to have to have a great week of preparation and go down there and play an error-free football game to give ourselves an opportunity to win.
How do you think the climate will affect the team in South Florida?
There’s going to be a little bit of humidity down there and it will be a nice game. We’re going to practice inside and turn it up to 75 degrees this week. It wouldn’t do as good to practice outside in 40-degree weather. It’s just like we want them to come up here at the end of the year because it’s tough because your bodies just aren’t used to it.
On Sophomore CB Jasper Howard’s 69-yard punt return for a TD.
It’s great to see because he didn’t have a great day against Rutgers. He didn’t play a lot as a true freshman and he got thrown in there this year as a starter. He’s still a young kid and he’s getting better. It’s big having him know that I believe in him and his teammates believe in him. When he had a bad play we put him right back at there and told him what he could do, and after his TD I could see that he was happy and relieved.
On QB Tyler Lorenzen’s leadership abilities.
You could see it last week when he went into the huddle, and the players said it after the game. I think he’s exceptional. He’s above and beyond a lot of other people. In all my years of coaching, he has some of the best leadership and the ability to get guys to rally around him. He’s got that “it” factor.
How important is the fact that so many young players are contributing?
There are also some guys that are redshirting that are going to have a chance to contribute next year. That’s what you want to see. We’ve gotten these facilities that help us bring guys in and now we can continue to develop them. I tell the kids all the time, I don’t care if you’re a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior. If you’re the best guy you’re going to play, and that’s the way it has to be to have guys working hard.