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Huskies Close Out Season Vs. SMU On Saturday

Deshon Foxx will be among those seniors honored on Saturday.

Dec. 2, 2014

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut football team wraps up its 2014 season on Saturday when it takes on SMU at Rentschler Field at noon. The game will be Senior Day and this year's class will be honored in pregame ceremonies at 11:45 a.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by then to honor the seniors who have given so much to the Husky program.

UConn enters the game with a 2-9 record and a 1-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play while the Mustangs are 0-11 overall and 0-7 in the league. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network and heard on the IMG UConn Sports Network.

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For the UConn media notes, CLICK HERE Tuesday was Media Day in Storrs.

Here are quotes from Bob Diaco, video coverage of the day and a social media roundup.

On positives from Memphis game: "There were some really strong performances. I don't want to leave anyone but I said last week I thought Andreas [Knappe] played his best game and I thought this week he played his best game. He played even better than he did last week. He's starting to look like a real offensive tackle. I thought Ron Johnson played well, ran the ball hard. I thought Geremy Davis was finally back to feeling good and feeling full-speed. He is back, you had an opportunity to see him running around and looking like he looks. He's a talented player and a weapon. In the special teams, Brice McAllister is a name to mention. He collected both our awards in the special teams, the hammer and the gloves. Gave great effort and had some nice contact plays, so that was exciting to see Brice kind of coming out of his shell a little bit. On defense, Andrew Adams played an excellent game. Julian Campenni continues to be a force inside, very hard to deal with for the opponent. Graham Stewart had a nice game. Jamar Summers had a lot of pressure on him for a true freshman and I thought he performed really well."

On the upcoming SMU game and Senior Day: "Exciting opportunity. It's been a long season but it's been an appropriate season for us in that the three bye weeks have allowed for extended practice time which we need. It's been good to have this season be as long as it is so we're excited to have three more practices and another game. We do focus in our process as we always have, but there is that extra little heartbeat for the seniors. The team wants to be sure that these guys end their careers at home on a day of celebration. Everybody is working appropriately towards that goal.

"[SMU] has some talented players. The punter has been performing well, Deion Sanders, Jr. is a talented returner with a lot of skill. The quarterbacks pose a problem, especially Matt Davis who runs the ball like a running back. That's a challenge where this guy is going to be running all over the place and getting him contained and corralled is an issue. He's got a talented wide receiver corps led by Der'rikk Thompson, a talented player who is hard to cover. And then a strong front, I think led by the nose guard I think but they have two real good linebackers in [Stephon Sanders] and [Jonathan Yenga]. They have a couple of good, young defensive linemen who give great effort."

On Chandler Whitmer: "He has kind of taken on this coach/mentor/helper/leader/friend role to Tim Boyle. He said he was going to end it on the right way and he has all the way. He's been great the last two weeks as a teammate and he's practiced hard. He's been a plus as it related to energy and he's been a big help to Tim."

On the seniors: "It's a lesson in perseverance, survival sadly enough. If you can't be inspired by those players ready to compete Saturday, after all that they've all been through, you're just not paying attention. They've been great ambassadors and great friends to us all and we're excited about our final game with them."

The Last Meeting
November 16, 2013
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
UConn Topped By SMU, 38-21
Quarterback Casey Cochran passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but Garrett Gilbert threw four touchdown passes to help SMU hold off Connecticut 38-21 Saturday.