Thursday, March 05, 2015

Former UConn LB returning to Buccaneers

Coming off a breakthrough season, it seems like former UConn linebacker Danny Lansanah's journeyman days are over.

After Lansanah had 82 tackles and three interceptions (two he returned for touchdowns), Lansanah was signed to a qualifying offer meaning he will return for a third season in Tampa.

Lansanah played in five regular season games with the Green Bay Packers during the 2008 season and did not appear in another game in the regular season until suiting up for Tampa in the 2013 finale against New Orleans.

UConn spring preview: Defensive backs/special teams

While losing a player as talented as Byron Jones in the middle of the season is never a good thing, if there is a silver lining it is that the returning defensive backs found themselves thrust into bigger roles following Jones' season-ending shoulder injury.

Now the key is for that experience to be turned a more consistent level of play.

The safety position seems to be in good shape with the return of Andrew Adams and Obi Melifonwu.

No player rose to the challenge late in the season more than Adams highlighted by his three interceptions as UConn posted its only win against a fellow FBS team with a stunning 37-29 victory over Central Florida. He is also a physical presence at safety who can play both the pass and run. While there are plenty of candidates, Adams strikes me as ideal captain material.

Melifonwu is a player that when he gets to work out in front of the pro scouts is going to start soaring up draft boards. If you were going to ask what should an NFL-caliber safety look like, Melifonwu would fit the criteria with the size and speed to play at the next level.

However, there have been some issues with Melifonwu in pass coverage. With all the spread teams the Huskies see, Melifonwu is often times given man to man responsibility and seems like the opponents have targeted Melifonwu early and often. That part of his game will have to improve for not only UConn to be successful but also for him to truly impress the pro scouts. The 10-tackle efforts against Boise State and Army show that Melifonwu is a willing hitter. The same could be said for top reserve safety Junior Lee, who had a monster season on special teams covering kickoffs and punts. Ellis Marder and Jordan Floyd got some work a season ago and will push for more time.

A young group of cornerbacks had to grow up when Jones went down in game 7. Jhavon Williams had already carved out a starting spot but true freshman Jamar Summers and converted receiver John Green had a baptism by fire. True freshman Brice McAllister also worked his way into the mix at corner as the season moved forward. There were some predictable growing pains accompanied by costly penalties or big-play strikes by opponents. The events of the 2014 season, as difficult as they were, should only serve to speed up the learning curve for the talented cornerbacks.

Turning to special teams, it will be not easy to replace Deshon Foxx as the primary punt returner. However, looking back, the Huskies did not get much out of the punt return game after a 72-yard return by Foxx proved to be the winning touchdown in the win over Stony Brook. Anybody who saw Arkeel Newsome carry the ball during a record-breaking career at Ansonia High School had to be surprised by how tentative he was in returning kickoffs. I have a hunch that with a season under his belt, he will hit the creases with more abandon as a sophomore. Brian Lemelle could be an option on both kickoff and punt returns while Josh Marriner was able to return a couple of kickoffs a season ago. Nick Vitale was a threat to score whenever he returned a punt or kickoff during his days at Hand High and I will be interested to see if he works his way into a prominent return role with the Huskies.

Kicker Bobby Puyol and punter Justin Wain return after being the primary specialists for the first time in their college career. Puyol had a long of 45 yards as part of making 9 of 14 fields although he must improve on making 50 percent of his kicks from 30-39 yards while Wain showed what he is capable of in averaging 42 and 44.5 yards per punt in back to back games against Boise State and Stony Brook. The key for Wain is to provide more consistency throughout season.

A large portion of kickoff and punt return coverage units are returning led Lee. It should be noted that UConn led all FBS teams in kickoff return coverage, allowing just 15.5 yards per return. Matt Walsh and Noel Thomas are a couple of players who had made their presence felt on special teams as well. Dom Manco had a solid season in his first season as the starting long snapper.

Pair of UConn commits lighting it up on basketball court

Marshe Terry and Nazir Williams are among the headliners of the defensive prospects signed by UConn. However, before they step onto a football field as UConn teammates they are in the process of dominating for their high school basketball teams.

Terry had 23 points to lead 12th-seeded Northern Burlington to a 73-60 win over No. 5 seed Neptune in the first round of the Central Jersey, Group 3 tournament, Northern Burlington will play No. 4 Somerville in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Williams had 16 points, 21 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots as No. 4 Bridgeton defeated No. 5 Sterling 80-68 in the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals. The win sets up a showdown with top-seeded Haddonfield in Friday's semifinals.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

UConn's Diaco: "There is nothing that is the same"

A year ago Bob Diaco headed into spring practice still trying to clean up so many things about the program he was hired to breath life into. It is a process that resulted in some key players sent packing and ultimately led to a revamping of his offensive coaching staff.

As UConn kicks off its 2015 spring practice on Saturday, Diaco said "there is nothing that is the same. Every single person has improved."

Much of the change had to do with the strides the players have made in transforming their bodies. Diaco went through a breakdown of players who either dropped or added weight (with it mostly being the latter) while dropping their body fat percentage.
It started when he discussed the offensive line.

Ryan Crozier went from 282 to 298 pounds while dropping from 28 to 26 percent of body fat
Steve Hashemi added 12 pounds while dropping his body fat
Andreas Knappe dropped a staggering 7 percent of his body fat while going from 301 to 311
Fellow returning starting offensive tackle Richard Levy dropped 16 pounds and has "more functional weight" according to Diaco.
Daniel Oak who Diaco said "is going to have to be a player for us" added 12 pounds while dropping three percent of body fat
Trey Rutherford went from 289 to 296 and a 1 percent drop in body fat
Thomas Hopkins dropped 2 percent of his body fat

As for other position
WR Dhameer Bradley and LB/DE Luke Carrezola added seven pounds each, LB Vontae Diggs is up 10 pounds, RB Max DeLorenzo added 12 pounds and Diaco said "he is faster than we was."
RB Ron Johnson went from 217 to 224 which Diaco termed "pretty significant."
DL Sheriden Lawley went from 238 to 268 and maintained same body fat according to Diaco
DE Kenton Adeyemi added 23 pounds to 287 and dropped body fat one full point, 23 pounds
TE Sean McQuillan is now 253 pounds, DE/LB Cam Stapleton added 24 pounds while dropping his body fat two percent. while fellow TE Alec Bloom dropped his body fat by 2 percent while adding 16 pounds.

"There's a lot of success stories, holistic approach, a lifestyle," Diaco said. "It is not just going into weight room and training hard which they do. It is nutrition, food quality, schedule, lifestyle ..."

UConn also had 36 players honored for attaining at least a 3.0 GPA in the two most recent semesters including punter Justin Wain, defensive end Sean Marinan and quarterback Will Rishell recognized for 4.0 GPAs.

"It's all correlated, there are a few guys but most of the teams that are great, the best players on the team most of them are good students and some. Very few great team produce players who are poor students. There is a direct correlation between aptitude and achievement in class and performance on field as critic components as evaluating (players). "If you are players who can't get it done in the class you are going to be the same guy leaving us holding the bag on game day or on third down."
As for some other issues, Diaco said that freshman Tyler Davis will not be restricted, there is no plan to cutting back of the expectations of Davis because the Huskies only have three scholarship quarterbacks. He said although Tim Boyle has seen live game action in the last two seasons, Boyle, Bryant Shirreffs and Davis will be working from a clean slate. Diaco would love for there to be a pecking order at some point during spring practice. Shirreffs did see plenty of time running the scout or look team in practice but Diaco said that is not even like comparing apples to oranges but more like comparing apples to broccoli. What he said about the two most experienced quarterbacks on the roster is hardly a surprise as Boyle has a better arm and Shirreffs has more foot speed.

As for center, Oak and Kyle Bockleoh figure to battle it out for the position but starting guards Tyler Samra and Crozier as well as Zach Rugg could get a look at center."

He also referred to move of Matt Walsh from fullback to linebacker as an "experiment." He feels like Walsh has some abilities to help fill a void at inside linebacker but they will make a decision based on whether Walsh can most help the team on offense or defense.

Diaco said that he expects every player to be able to take part in the first spring practice although some players may be more limited than others.

Diaco also said it is a "definite possibility" that UConn could add another player before the start of preseason practice in August and he is "working that process."

He also said new offensive coordinator Frank Verducci has "full clearance to install his offense."

UConn spring preview: Tight ends

A year ago the pickings were so slim at the tight end position that true freshmen Steve Hashemi and Sheriden Lawley were moved from offensive line and defensive line respectively to give the Huskies enough options at the position.

UConn's incoming freshman class includes three players projected to play tight end so Hashemi and Lawley have moved back to the positions they were recruited to play because  However, the newcomers won't be around to take part in spring practice leaving the returnees plenty of opportunities to impress the coaching staff.

Senior Sean McQuillan is a gifted receiver who had four games with at least three catches a season ago. McQuillan was asked to do more in-line blocking a season ago than at any other time since he has been at UConn. McQuillan has packed on eight more pounds as he is closing in on 250 pounds which should help him in the blocking department.

Tommy Myers was the best blocker among the tight ends and he added 12 pounds. He didn't get as many opportunities to run pass patterns of the other tight ends but he will look to prove to the coaches that he can be a reliable receiver.

Speaking of receiving ability, Alec Bloom has a ton of it. Some people might think he was related to me with as much as I touted him potential a season ago but he just exudes big-play ability as a receiver. He lost playing time because he simply wasn't strong enough at the point of attack to take on defensive linemen and linebackers. However, after adding 22 pounds, Bloom seems to be putting himself in position for a much more expanded role as a sophomore.

Frank Verducci, UConn's new offensive coordinator, has a reputation of being a proponent of old-fashioned power football. That could result in more multiple tight end sets and with only one returning fullback, it's not out of the question that tight ends could be used as H-backs or even lining up at the fullback position.

"How we get there will depend on the talent available on Saturdays and what their strengths are," Verducci said. "It may not always be a fullback, it may be a second tight end or a third tight end. The beauty of this offense is the offense allows us to create matchups and my job is to find the matchups."

Ian Campbell, Zordan Holman and Chris Lee are all coming into the program which is why Hashemi and Lawley were able to move back to their previous positions. I will repeat what I said in yesterday's preview of the receivers, the 15 days of spring practice will be a perfect time for players like Myers and Bloom to give them the advantage in beating out the incoming freshmen for playing time in the fall.

Bob Diaco will be speaking to us today via a teleconference so look for more on his thoughts as we are quickly approaching the start of spring practice.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UConn spring preview: Wide receivers

As I navigate my way position by position towards the start of spring practice it is hard not to be struck by how the Huskies seemingly return the bulk of their top performers from a season ago - with one very notable exception.

It is impossible to look ahead to the future at receiver without making note of the loss of two very substantial players.

Geremy Davis was not nearly as productive as a senior as he was during his junior season due to injury, a lack of consistent play from the quarterback and offensive line positions. I always found it bizarre to see Davis, who NFL insiders claim was one of the two receivers at the NFL Combine not to drop a catchable pass during the 2014 season, on the sidelines on so many third down plays. He willingness to work the middle of the field was one of the many traits I admired about the way Davis played.

While Davis was the master of one role for the Huskies, Deshon Foxx did everything short of opening and closing the gates at Rentschler Field on game days. He had the longest running play, reception and special teams return. When UConn was down to two scholarship quarterbacks, Foxx saw time at quarterback and added a big-play threat to the running game.

It will be no easy chore replacing what Davis and Foxx brought to the field. The good news is that Noel Thomas, Dhameer Bradley, Thomas Lucas and Brian Lemelle got plenty of work a season ago and all of them except Lucas got onto the field during the 2013 season.

Lucas and Thomas are rangy and athletic players who added a few pounds of muscle in the offseason. Bradley and Lemelle are on the smaller end of the spectrum. Bradley is built similar to Foxx and in fact he is listed at 5-10 and 173 pounds on the spring roster which happens to be what Foxx was listed at a season ago. Lemelle was the most highly touted of the strong group of receivers brought into the program two seasons ago thanks to breaking Pennsylvania high school records for career catches and receiving yards. He was featured prominently in the passing game in the second half of his true freshman season but lost snaps to some of the other younger receivers last season.

Thomas was best known for his ability to down punts into the 5 during his freshman season. He continued to shine on special teams but had just 40 yards on five catches in the first six games of the 2014 campaign. Then when Davis was forced to the sideline, no receiver saw his role increase more than Thomas. He caught at least three passes in five straight games and had four touchdown catches in a three-game span. Lucas didn't receive as many chances as Thomas but he had some big plays. In a game at nationally-ranked East Carolina Lucas had catches of 37 and 43 yards.

Over the last couple of years Davis blazed the path for all the younger receivers to follow. This is a much younger group so it will be important for a pretty inexperienced group to show up with the proper mindset during the 15 spring practices.

"They are still young players themselves so we have been talking about taking advantage of every day, spring practice is not long just 15 days so not wasting a day, not wasting a second," UConn receivers coach David Corley said. "I think these guys are up to the task and they are going to have success.

"We have been talking about leadership as a team and we have been encouraging everybody to take accountability as far as leadership is concerned understanding that everybody's leadership style is going to be different. You want everybody to be able to lead by example, we have a few guys here and there who are able to be vocal and motivate your teammates that way. I am just encouraging all of those guys to lead by example first and be vocal. As time as time moves on all that stuff will shake out and those guys get comfortable with who they are and what their new roles are."
So of this group of receiver who does Corley think is most capable of emerging as a vocal presence?

"I think Noel Thomas is a guy who doesn't mind being vocal," Corley said. "A lot of times with younger players, guys have to transition from being focused on themselves, because when you are a young player it is 'who do I need to be, what do I need to do in order to make this play and make sure I am doing my job.' You transition that to bringing other people around. 'I know what I have to do and now let me help this guy get him situated so he is confident in what he has to do.'"
UConn is bringing in four scholarship freshmen receivers but they won't be suiting up until August. This spring will be a perfect time for the returning receivers to take ownership of the position so that the freshmen has plenty of catching up to do in order to see the field during the upcoming season.
"There are looking forward to that for sure," Corley said. "There is new opportunities and a fresh start."

Monday, March 02, 2015

UConn spring preview: The running backs

When it came to the use of the running backs during the 2014 season, bizarre would be the best word to try to describe the state of affairs.

Josh Marriner, who was talked up in a major way by head coach Bob Diaco at American Athletic Conference media day, had 24 carries in the first four games and then failed to carry the ball in four of the next five games.

Max DeLorenzo had a run of four straight games with double-digit carries and then combined for three carries in the next four games.

Down the stretch the Huskies turned to the true freshman duo of Ron Johnson and Arkeel Newsome. Johnson finished as the team's leading rusher while Newsome displayed an ability to be a threat in the pass game. While there were times when their lack of experience showed, it should be noted that the three most productive rushing games of the season came in weeks No. 12, 8 and 9. Johnson's 101-yard performance was one of the few bright spots in the season-ending loss to SMU. Now the hope is that by throwing them into the fire that Johnson and Newsome will be ready to take the next step as backs and provide a consistent running game.

With all four tailbacks and fullback Jazzmar Clax all coming back, the coaches should have a much better feel of what they have to work with after a season's worth of mixing and matching even if the perhaps working with the running backs and calling the plays is the recently hired Frank Verducci. The only back missing from the equation is Matt Walsh, who was moved to linebacker after splitting time at fullback with Clax over the last two seasons.

"You can see their movement skills in the out of season conditioning program and the thing is you don't have five of the same guy," said Verducci, UConn's new offensive coordinator and running backs coach. "You have a skill set here, a skill set there and another skill set. The challenge there is to play to their strengths but not so rigid that when Arkeel is in the game it is an outside run, when Ron is in the game you know it is an inside run, when Max is in the game you know it is a pass so you have to be able to mix it up and have to work on the deficiencies that they have. You can't just work to their strengths, if Arkeel is a great outside runner but not great in pass protection, he has to get better in pass protection. You'd like a guy to be the lead dog in the pack and I would hope that competition brings that out but if not, we will play to their strengths.

Verducci did throw out there the possibility of DeLorenzo being utilized as either a fullback or tailback in two-back sets,

"Max will have an opportunity to show ..," Verducci said. "It is all in how you package it. Is Max a fullback or it he a second tailback in the game? He has a unique skill set that hopefully we can maximize and hopefully improve him as a player of things that maybe he doesn't do great right now.

Everything he has shown me to this point is he is willing to do that.
Marriner is the tailback with the least amount of buzz surrounding him coming into camp but he offers an intriguing mix of speed and strength as he could be the Huskies' strongest pound for pound player.

"Josh is just an outstanding athlete," Verducci said. "That is going to be one of the challenges for us in the spring to put him in enough situations, when you have that many guys you really have to be organized to get all of them the looks necessary to get a clean evaluation out of them."

Sunday, March 01, 2015

UConn spring preview: Defensive line/linebackers

A bulked up Kenton Adeyemi is one of top returning
defesnsive linemen for UConn in 2015 season
Time to continue my position by position preview as we approach the start of spring practice.

I went back and forth on how to breakdown the linebackers and defensive linemen and really didn't know where to put the group of talented youngsters who could see time as a standup outside linebacker or as a defensive end in a three-point stance in the same defensive possession. In the end, I decided to cheat and opted to combine them so consider this a preview of the defensive front seven.
The first thing of interest about the returning defensive linemen is how - at least by looking at their listed weights on the spring roster - they have transformed their bodies.

Kenton Adeyemi is listed as being 287 pounds, an increase of 19 pounds, and Mikal Myers went from 312 to 326. Perhaps even more noteworthy is that Folorunso Fatukasi, who I think could have the most potential of all the defensive linemen, dropped nine pounds and is now listed at 298.
I understand that there is much more to playing football than looking at a players' weight but with the emphasis head coach Bob Diaco has placed on what he called the sports performance aspect of things led by Matt Balis, this is a sign that these players are doing everything they can to be successful.
The list of returning defensive linemen features veterans like Adeyemi and Julian Campenni and some promising youngsters led by Fatukasi and Cole Ormsby.

Luke Carrezola, Cameron Stapleton and Ormsby are three of the aforementioned group that are listed on the roster as linebackers but figure to see time at defensive end as well. They certainly have to be included in the group of players diving in head first into the offseason conditioning program as Stapleton added 20 pounds, Carrezola put on 18 pounds and Ormsby added nine.

The hope is that the progress this group has made in the weight room will translate into standing up better at the point of attack. There were simply too many times a season ago when the line got pushed back a few yards. I think having the entire defensive staff returning should make a huge difference in the familiarity department. Heading into spring practice the players should have a better idea of what is expected of them and the hope it is it translates to playing stronger and faster as a group.

"Foley Fatukasi, he got down in weight to get back up, Julian Campenni and all of those guys they attacked it and will continue to do that," defensive line coach Kevin Wolthausen said. "We are expecting them to have great results.

"It is a group that we added the two redshirt freshmen (James Atkins and Sheriden Lawley) and now we have to take a look at them in the spring and it is a group that just by the nature of understanding what we are doing, you expect (improvement) and what they expect out of each other how can you not be excited about the next level of development."

I'm also curious to see if former Xavier High star Sean Marinan, who is now closing in on 290 pounds, can push for more time in the defensive line rotation after the walk-on saw plenty of time on special teams during his redshirt freshman season.

While plenty of players in the rotation a season ago are back, B.J. McBryde and Reuben Frank have graduated. Frank showed some flashes of providing a pass rush off the edge while McBryde did his work in the interior of the line. While Diaco has been adamant about not pursuing splash plays on defense at the expense of playing undisciplined football and won't send extra players just to say they have 'x' number of sacks, pressures or tackles for loss, a lack of a pass rush was a serious problem a season ago. With all the  talented quarterbacks and receivers in the American Athletic Conference, getting more of a push from the front four is an absolute must moving forward.

The linebacker group has to start with seniors Marquise Vann and Graham Stewart.

Luke Carrezola, Mikal Myers and Cole Ormsby among
top returning defensive players for UConn
A few eyes may have been opened when Vann, a player with 21 tackles in 20 career games, was named as one of the team captains for the 2014 season. However, Vann provided plenty of leadership as well as production with a team-high 105 tackles. Vann had at least nine tackles in eight of the first nine games including a 14-tackle effort against South Florida. If the defensive line can make the strides the coaches are looking for, the next step for Vann will not only be piling up tackles but recording more stops closer to the line of scrimmage. His running mate will be Stewart who brings plenty of physicality to the position. Stewart had a bit of an up and down 2014 season. When he is at the top of his game, he is impossible to miss on the field but he had too many stretches when he wasn't making an impact. It's easy to forget how little football Stewart has played. He saw plenty of time on special teams as a freshman as Florida but had to sit out the 2012 season after transferring and spent the season rehabilitating after injuring himself while lifting.

Junior Joseph showed tremendous growth as the season wore on, eventually beating out Jefferson Ashiru. Jon Hicks, redshirt freshman Chris Britton and converted fullback Matt Walsh could all push for time. Omaine Stephens is a player I remember noticing during preseason camp a couple years back and he is trying to work his way into a more substantial role.

Carrezola, Stapleton. Ormsby and Vontae Diggs received valuable experience a season ago while on the outside and will push each other for playing time. Jalen Stevens could also fight for time on the outside this season.
"They will be 10 times better, they are stronger, their understanding of how to play the position and techniques will be so much better," UConn linebackers coach Vincent Brown said. "With those guys, they are eager to learn so they are growing every day. I am really excited to watch them grow.

"It is a nice blend, you have some veteran leadership with Marquise and Graham because they bring an element of strength and toughness, they have been here, they have been through some really tough times here. I am hoping the younger guys like Junior Joseph, Stapleton, Vontae, Luke and they are all embracing their roles within the defense. We are excited to come out and watch these kids come out and play."

Saturday, February 28, 2015

UConn spring preview: Quarterbacks

UConn will open spring practice a week from today so I figured it would be a good time to take a look at what the Huskies have to work with going into spring practice. I will take a position or sometimes double up on some positional groups.

I will start with the quarterbacks. It's a group that the Husky faithful can only hope makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity.

Junior Tim Boyle is the only one of the three to have thrown a pass in a game for the Huskies. He appeared in nine of the 12 games a season ago but a 52.4 completion percentage and one touchdown versus three interceptions won't wow anybody. Boyle was thrown into the fire as a true freshman after the Huskies got off to an 0-4 start and I'm not sure he was ready for what was coming. This is a huge year for him to prove he can be the type of quarterback an offense can be built around. The 6-foot-3 Boyle has the size and arm strength to make all the throws. He hasn't always handled pressure from the opposing pass rush as well as he needs to. He should have an edge over Bryant Shirreffs and Tyler Davis since he has been with the program the longest.

Shirreffs is an intriguing prospect. He played in eight games as a freshman at North Carolina State, running for 158 yards and a touchdown and completing 4 of 5 passes for 17 yards and another touchdown. His numbers as a high school senior were rather impressive as he had more than 3,700 yards of total offense. Although Boyle can make plays with the legs, Shirreffs is definitely more adept of thriving as a dual threat quarterback.

Davis graduated from Mepham (N.Y.) High School early so he is currently enrolled at UConn and can take part in spring practice. Casey Cochran's ability to go through spring drills after wrapping up a record-breaking career at Masuk was invaluable in allowing him to get onto the field as a redshirt freshman. Davis is a prospect that was at the top of the wish list of the current staff and like Shirreffs, he has shown a real ability to make big plays in the run game. Davis had six games with more than 150 rushing yards including 378 in one of the contests. After throwing five interceptions in his first three games as a senior, he had just one for the rest of the season so that is a good sign.

Obviously quarterback is the most high-profile position on any team so it will generate plenty of attention. However, the quality of the quarterback play has held the Huskies back in recent years and it will be interesting to see not only who emerges as the No. 1 guy but also if they have what it takes to be more than just a game manager.

A year ago Don Patterson was in charge of coaching the quarterbacks but when the dust cleared after a revamping of offensive staff coaching duties, former receivers coach Wayne Lineburg was moved to work with the QBs.

"It is important that we raise our level but every position we have to be better," Lineburg said. "Obviously quarterback is a focal point, you get too much blame when you lose, too much credit when you win. It is a big position and we have to do a great job of finding a guy that is going to lead the team, move the team and score points. Who is that guy who is going to protect the bal and do those things. If we can do those things, it will help us out and lead us to better production."

Since we didn't get to see Shirreffs in action a season ago, I was curious about Lineburg's thoughts on his potential.

"I have seen him some but mostly he was on the scout team so I haven't been able to watch him a ton so it will be interesting to see how he does." Lineburg said. "He has a good skill set and he is an intelligent guy and he has shown some leadership skills. We will have to see how he does and I'll be able to tell you more at the end of spring of where he is."
Coached quarterbacks for several years at Richmond so it was a natural position for me having played it. I love receiver play but I love quarterback play as well so I am looking forward to working with those guys.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

More tailgating time for UConn season-ticket holders

Since the party aspect of college football is a major selling point, UConn has added an additional hour of access to Rentschler Field parking lots for tailgating before the 2015 home games.

One of the requests from the season-ticket holders was to have the parking lots open earlier so now that will be the case with the lots opening five hours before kickoff. This is only for season-ticket holders.

Applications to renew recently went out to season-ticket holders and from what I am hearing, the process of accepting new season ticket requests is going to happen in the next week or two.

People interested in more information about becoming a season-ticket holder can call 877-AT-UCONN