What’s goin on?
Some final thoughts via teleconference from UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni heading into the season opener Thursday night against Towson (Rentschler Field, 7:30, ESPN3)…..
– Tight end Sean McQuillan (concussion) is set to go. He has been cleared to play and will.
On being ready for the season opener: “I think we’ve practiced pretty well. I think we’ve practiced hard. You get to that point in preseason camp where you’ve just got to find out how far you’ve come and you have to play somebody else. I think every coach including Knute Rockne would want to have more time to prepare his team but it’s time that we line up and play against somebody else and see how far we’ve improved, see what we’ve got done and evaluate it.”
Towson presents some problems defensively because it has good players and the Tigers like to pressure.
“They’ve got guys that really can line up and play agains Division I teams…It’s the players and how well they’ve implemented these guys into the scheme and the pressure that they bring.”
Pasqualoni said everybody is ready to go, status quo, minus Andrew Adams (shoulder)
Pasqualoni said he’s as excited to see how the teams does Thursday night as anyone.
“I want to see what our identity is, what comes out as our identity. Evrey team is a new team, every team is unique…I think every coach hopes he sees the identity of a good, solid, tough football team, takes care of the ball, plays the game the right way, doesn’t do stupid things, doesn’t beat themselves, plays well on special teams, punts the ball well, kicks the ball well, covers the ball, catches the ball on returns. Those are all things I want to see, like everybody wants to see them, I want to see them, too.