What’s goin on?
Yes, the players were fully dressed but only did “thud” today where they pop and step off at the point of attack instead of tackling. The scrimmaging starts next Saturday and will be on Saturdays through the April 21 Spring Game at Rentschler Field (1 p.m. free admission, free parking).
UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni said a lot was accomplished on Saturday.
– “We used today, the third installation day, we used today in pads getting acclimated to the pads,” Pasqualoni said. “We did not scrimmage. We played full speed. The definition of things like we did today is thud which means we’re going full speed but we’re not on the ground. I would hope you saw a minimal amount of guys leave their feet on the ground. We got a lot done, today. Now, next Saturday? That’s the first scrimmage day.”
– The Huskies are going to be deep at running back as you know but Pasqualoni prefers a guy – always has – who can carry the load.
“I don’t want a guy that’s got to come out of the game. I don’t want a guy that’s saying I’m tired take me out. I don’t want a Jaguar. Do you know what a Jaguar is? The Jaguar is always in the shop, always breaking down so I don’t want a Jaguar (I busted a gut on that one). I want a durable guy and if we put him the game he stays in the game and he stays in the game. We’re trying to develop the depth we have but I’m all for one guy staying out there. Now we’re going to use the talents and ability we have but I want them all to be able to do it if you know what I mean.”
John Silver of the Manchester Journal-Inquirer then asked Pasqualoni if he ever owned a Jaguar to which the coach responded, “no but I’ve been around a ton of running backs that are Jaguars I’ll tell you that – drive me crazy.”
– Redshirt sophomore S Ty-Meer Brown, of McKeesport, Pa., was not at practice Saturday. His grandfather died Friday. Pasqualoni said Brown was expected back in Storrs on Sunday. Prayers to Ty-Meer and his family at this difficult time.
Here are some thoughts from practice – and I feel I have to add this but – it’s just my opinion based on what I saw Saturday, a snapshot, if you will.
Freshman quarterback Casey Cochran is some kind of accurate. Now we’re going skip over the descriptions of the slant pattern he hit Mike Smith on for a touchdown and the short drop he laid into FB Mike Osiecki’s hands that resulted in a beautiful scoring run that saw RFr. David Stevenson (who ran with the twos opposite Taylor Mack with Tevrin Brandon being gone) dive at his feet to make a play only to look up and see Osiecki still motoring to the end zone) – gonna skip over those two to bring you this one: 7-on-7 big Mark Hansson (now at tight end) is the target with three defenders all seemingly within swipes reach of the ball on like a little 10 yard drag. Somehow Cochran delivers this ball to where no one can touch it except Hansson who brings it in. Wouldn’t have believed it – but I saw. That and a perfectly thrown deep sideline ball over the head of Geremy Davis and into his hands from Chandler Whitmer were two of the best passes and catches of the day. Another one came from Michael Nebrich to Hansson from the zone boot(leg). Pretty.
– Did not get a good look at the kickers today like I wanted but we’ll have a few more practices to do that.
– ooh. There were 1 on 1 drills between the offensive and defensive linemen that were set up a little differently than the similar board drill. Offensive and defensive linemen were set to clash near the numbers on the field, about 10 yards apart. One group was ready to go after the previous battle was done with Pasqualoni behind the defensive guy and offensive coordinator and line coach George DeLeone behind the offensive linemen. When this drill got hot and heavy many of the high school coaches in attendance came over to watch. They could be heard oohing and ahhing and saying things like “this is where the game is won, right here.”
As far as the offensive linemen went: Adam Masters, Tyler Bullock, Dalton Gifford, Gus Cruz, Steve Greene and Kevin Friend were awfully impressive holding their own.
– FB Ruben Frank had on a yellow jersey with the green cross meaning he’s injured but can go through some contact (red cross means no contact).
– Looks like there are some things being incorporated to make Scott McCummings effective in the passing game.