STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team is back in action on Saturday at Rentschler Field when it takes on Cincinnati at 8:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.
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Tuesday was media day in Storrs and here are quotes and video from head coach Bob Diaco plus a social media recap.
On Tradition: "We talked about the past with the group as it relates to family and legacy. As you're building a program you want there to be that connection and understanding. Tradition is a huge part of a great program and being sure that we're cognizant of that and that we respect that we represent so many others that preceded us. So many other people that work at the school and serve the school and the student body and that represents a large portion of alumni. It is our responsibility to expend that kind of energy, to have that kind of respect. Initially when we talked way back in camp to make sure that they weren't having too much to chew on, with 12 games and three bye weeks trying to segment it, this final piece we were going to focus on the past and that understanding of and respect of the people that preceded us."
On team grasping offensive and defensive concepts: "There is a much deeper understanding. Even just the other day I was reflecting to myself, considering how far we've come and still how far we have to go. Considering where we are right now how bizarre it must have been to the group to even be listening to our messaging eight months ago. They're getting it."
On Cincinnati: "You guys are familiar even more than I am with the defense [in reference to current Cincinnati and former UConn defensive coordinator Hank Hughes]. It's a defense that they had run around here for a long time. It's four-down, a lot of quarters coverage and man. Very attacking group, lot of stress from the d-line. On offense it's your quintessential spread offense where the wide receivers are heavily featured. When they can run the ball, which they've been able to do, it improves that whole piece, opens a lot of passing opportunities. They love to throw the ball downfield. Those guys produce a lot of yards and points. They're consistent, sound group on special teams. They do what they do, they do it well, they produce. They have good specialists and they're sound in the kicking game. Very explosive on offense, an on-body attacking defense and a sound kicking game."
On Recruiting Philosophy: "We are interested in collecting players that fit UConn. That want to go to school at UConn, that are excited to go to school at UConn. They are achievement-oriented, you're in interesting in going to class. You're interested in doing the things you are a part of. We are interested in collecting players that love football. If you don't love football enough, because you love something else, we're not going to get along. You don't want a player that loves math four times more than football. You need to collect players that love football. After that, they've shown this level of achievement, they want to come to UConn, they're excited to come to UConn, and they love football. After that, we have tangible traits that we believe, if we can put a big, athletic team on the field, we're going to have a chance to win more than lose. We're going to have a chance to have a good team. We can have a good team if we have those first intangible traits, and are big and athletic tangibly. So we're recruiting to that model, we've been recruiting to that model since we started."
Tim Boyle Makes It Clear: He's UConn's QB Of The Future http://t.co/DnuBoXyHeW
— Desmond Conner (@desmondconner) November 19, 2014
— Jim Fuller (@NHRJimFuller) November 19, 2014
Got a couple of messages that didn't like the "fat" Diaco today. It was true...many players were too light, or too heavy over years.
— John Silver (@JohnFSilver) November 19, 2014
Ron Johnson, the frosh RB, is much bigger than he looks on the field. He's found his way recently and him and Newsome are a good team.
— John Silver (@JohnFSilver) November 18, 2014
Decision between Whitmer and Boyle comes down to nothing more than who can produce points against each opponent.
— Ed Daigneault (@EdDaigneault) November 18, 2014
Casey Cochran working with tight ends.
— Jeff Jacobs (@jacobscourant) November 18, 2014
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