Steelers And Former UConn Receiver Kashif Moore: “I Believe In Coach Diaco”

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What’s goin on?

Talked to Kash today for a bigger story down the road.

He was on campus this week as part of a panel of former players talking to current players about tradition and the like – the kinds of things new head coach Bob Diaco and Ernest Jones, running backs coach/player engagement, told us were going to happen because they are important to the program.

Moore said there was also some talk about doing something special for the fifth anniversary of Jasper “Jazz’ Howard’s passing – something Moore is really excited about, of course. He said the memory of his close friend should never be forgotten and that it too, is a part of UConn football.

Moore said both of those things alone along with meeting Diaco and talking with him and the staff have him very much looking forward to future of the program.

“I felt like the team had a lot to build off as far those last few games which they won,” Moore said by phone Friday. “That was definitely good to see and then I saw they made a good hire in Coach Diaco. I pretty much followed everything, did my research on the type of guy he was, saw a couple of interviews he did and everything. And then other day [Tuesday] I had an opportunity to go up there and meet all the coaches. Prior to that Coach Jones actually contacted me to sit on a panel and speak to the team about what I’ve been through and how I got to the position I’m in now. That and talking to Coach Jones on the phone it showed me the type of guys they were and I really respected that.

“The other thing is that they’re getting involved with the Jazz situation. Daneisha [Freeman, Howard's fiancée] actually told me Coach Jones had been down there to sit with her and talk with her. It was kind of breathtaking man to know. These guys didn’t have anything to do with that whole situation and yet they’re showing they still care about it and know Jazz is definitely a part of UConn football. It’s good to hear.”

Moore said during the season former players including Nick Williams (Redskins), Kendall Reyes (Chargers), Marcus Easley (Bills) and Reggie McClain (Falcons) to name a few would always keep in touch. Obviously, they talked about the struggles of the program.

“We knew the guys who went threw it felt pretty bad with the losses but it affects us too because we’re a part of them, we’re all a family,” Moore said. “We’re not there anymore but we watch the games and we want our team to win.

“I think that’s why everybody is excited for Diaco. When I talked to him…it’s obvious he is about what he says which is developing these guys. With him being new it’s a fresh start for these guys. It’s like a breath of fresh air. I’m excited for the guys. I believe in Coach Diaco. I feel like he can get us to that next level.”





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