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UConn Football Practice Three: Notes And Quotes

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What’s goin on?

Trusting you’ve seen some of the videos from this morning’s practice.

There’s some good stuff in there including the Rodeo Drill which UConn Coach Bob Diaco invited the media onto the field to see up close. It was great and part of an extra 30 minutes we got to stick around and see the Huskies in their first day in full pads.

We certainly appreciated that.

A safe and fun spring break wish to all the players….

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Huskies Gettin Out Of Dodge For Spring Break, Best To Be Ready Coming Back

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What’s goin on?

The Huskies have a 6 a.m. practice tomorrow [Friday March 14}  and will be available to the media afterward at 8 along with head coach Bob Diaco who opened spring practice with the team on Monday

They’ll be taking off throughout the day Friday.

This will be this group’s first spring break under Diaco so they’re not yet familiar with what to expect when they return but it’s probably safe to say the players have and will get the message and most certainly will when they get back.

“They’re going to go away and we want them to go away. I’d like everyone on the team and everyone in our complete organization to go away,” Diaco said. “But nobody’s off. You’re never off. You’re away so if they’re away and they’re not off then they’re going to …have fun but everything in moderation. You’ve got to get sleep. You can’t stay up all night and string days together like that. You’re going to break down. Everything in moderation. You’re going to have a cheeseburger and fries with a shake it’s fine. That’s ok. Just don’t string a few meals of cheeseburgers, fries and shakes together and a few days of it together. Get back to everything in moderation. Drink water. Hydrate. Have fun  but train a bit, too. If you’re going to rest, you can rest too much. You’ve done all this work… Continue reading

Spring Practice Has Begun At UConn

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What’s goin on?

Spring practice No.1 has begun under new UConn head coach Bob Diaco.

We’ll hear from him on how it went when practice ends at 6:15 but entering the building you could tell things have changed.

One obvious change to practice was music bouncing off the walls at the outset. The players were hyped, coaches, too. It’s an energy move and it works.

Anyway, practice was open for the first 20 minutes so we have some video of the Huskies getting some drill work in.

Here’s receivers coach Wayne Lineburg along with Geremy Davis and Shak Phillips….

UConn Looking To Boost Spring Game (April 12) Experience

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What’s goin on?

UConn’s first spring practice under new coach Bob Diaco is set to begin March 10 culminating with the annual Blue-White Spring Game April 12 at Rentschler Field.

The game time has yet to be determined but it is expected to be after 12 noon.

I hear UConn is looking to be creative with the game this year, trying to make a splash with it and I also hear the day will be a similar to an actual game day setting, too, but surely, improving the attendance numbers at this game, the experience and getting folks stoked for the 2014 season will be a focus.

Here’s a look at UConn’s 2013 and 2012 attendance numbers at the spring game. The attendance numbers for the 2010 game, a few months before the program reached the BCS as well.




The Spring Schedule: Courant Coverage In Black And White

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UConn Athletic Communications —March 8, 2013 – Spring Football Media Plans

 STORRS, Conn. (March 8, 2013) – The University of Connecticut football team will begin 2013 spring football practice on Monday, March 11, 2013. Spring practice will conclude with the 2013 UConn Blue-White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 20 at noon at Rentschler Field. Admission and parking are free with parking lots opening at 9:00 a.m.

Here’s a primer leading into practice

UConn Pro Football Testing Day will be Wednesday, March 27 at the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center and The Burton Family Football Complex. That event is open to the media and will be held in the afternoon. A more formal timing schedule will be available as event nears.

Here are some media procedures for spring practice. All practices are scheduled to be held at the Mark R. Shenkman Training Center. There is no live social media posting during practice – Twitter, Facebook, live blogging, etc. (Truth: This was being established before former coach Randy Edsall left).

The following practice will be open with interviews scheduled afterwards (and also keep in mind spring practice broke for a week for spring break): The following practice dates are closed: Thursday, March 14; Thursday, March 28; Thursday, April 4; Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 18.


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UConn D-Coordinator Don Brown: The One Thing That’s Going Unnoticed This Spring

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Checking in with UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown….


“Do you know the one thing that’s going unnoticed this spring, that I’m really pleased with?” UConn defensive coordinator Don Brown asked after practice Tuesday. “It’s that we ask all 11 guys to defend the run, right? Their run fits have been really solid. That’s a thing as a cornerback you say, ‘well why is that important?’ Well, especially when you get into all the unique sets we get into, those guys become, when certain guys block or reads are made, those guys gotta become linebackers to make run fits. That’s kind of an important thing now.”

On the rise of CB Taylor Mack after struggling with the new system last season: “I can’t even tell you how many roles we have him in. We just fit him into our stuff and he’s got a lot of different little innuendos…all of a sudden you see this little No.29 and he’s lining up where he’s supposed to be; lining up and doing what he’s supposed to do. And, he’s pretty damn quick.”

On defensive line depth: I think we’re developing some depth at defensive line. With Jesse Joseph missing some time and Teddy [Jennings] it hasn’t been a bad thing because now Kenton Adeyemi, Jon Louis, Tim Willman are getting reps and getting better…[Julian] Campenni is coming out of the woodwork, an inside guy, he’s playing really well inside. Angelo Pruitt, coming out of the woodwork, using his hands, another inside guy. And the nice thing is, [defensive line coach] Hank [Hughes] is playing all those guys and they’re doing well so we are developing depth there.”

“I’ll tell you, this [safety] Andrew Adams is going to be something,” Brown added of Adams who has been working his way back from a knee injury. He should be ready to go when preseason practice starts in August. “They’re letting him run around in a non-contact role but all of these reps that he’s getting are valuable.”