Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday night live

The media met with Randy Edsall prior to Saturday night's practice at 6:45 p.m., but since we won't get player access until it's over at 9:30 p.m. I thought I'd come to you live from the media room inside Gampel Pavilion with a few tidbits...

  • Walk-on quarterback Andrew Simmons has left the team. Edsall will hold walk-on tryouts shortly after classes begin on Aug. 28th to try and find some players for the scout team and perhaps another quarterback. This could be good news. "Invincible", the movie based on Vince Papale, a former Philadelphia bartender who makes the Eagles out of a tryout camp, opens on Aug. 25. Maybe Marky Mark can serve as inspiration for a few UConn students, sort of how Sly Stallone convinced a slew of kids in the 70s to try boxing. You never know. "Rocky" inspired a generation of fighters including Vinny Pazienza, who once said he had little interest in boxing until saw the movie and bought the story hook, line and sinker. I'll go on a limb and say Rocky 6 probably won't have the same impact. By the way, have you seen Stallone in interviews lately? Is it possible to be punch drunk from portraying a boxer?

  • Ryan Henegan's nagging hamstring injury continues to hold him back in camp. Even Edsall is showing showing frustration over it. This quote about the battle to start at middle linebacker says an awful lot without saying much. "The biggest concern I have is at the middle backer position. I don't even want to mention his name because he hasn't been out there so there's no sense mentioning his name. It's not worth it to mention his name because he hasn't practiced." Not hard to figure out who he's alluding to.

  • Asked if it was crazy to think true freshman Scott Lutrus could win the middle linebacker job in camp, Edsall said "pretty much". He equated starting a freshman at that position to starting a freshman at quarterback. Add to that the fact that Lutrus had no experience in the middle until last week and it looks Julius Williams will be the starter.

  • Another big battle will be at the "husky" linebacker spot, where Justin DeRubertis and Donta Moore appear to be waging a fight to the end. Edsall said it could be a game-time decision on who starts there for the URI game.

  • Freshman punter Desi Cullen left campus Saturday morning to attend his sister's wedding in Kentucky. He is expected to fly back Sunday morning.

  • Edsall is also thinking long and hard about his backup quarterbacks. A decision on the No. 2 won't be made until after Monday's scrimmage, although my feeling all along is it appears Dennis Brown has the inside track. The conundrum for Edsall seems to be if it comes down to it, should Dennis Brown's redshirt season be burned if D.J. gets injured at some point. Could be something to watch. More on this in Monday's edition of the Register.

OK, time for me to head back up to the practice field. Hopefully, it's not raining. Don't forget next week's mailbag. Send your questions to cmalafronte@nhregister.com.

6 Comments:

Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

My apologies. No one should have to spend their Saturday night watching these guys.

August 20, 2006 11:24 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Edsall dissing his MLB in the press? He should be a man and talk to him face to face.

August 20, 2006 12:55 PM 
Anonymous Jack said...

Why is Edsall dissing his MLB in the press? He should be a man and talk to him face to face.

...says the annonympus poster.

August 20, 2006 1:36 PM 
Blogger ScottVib said...

Let the flamers be... in a way its a commendation to the UConn program. If the program wasn't a threat to their favorite team, they wouldn't waste their time here reading up on UConn.

Thanks for your interest in UConn football, good luck to your teams this season.

August 20, 2006 8:19 PM 
Blogger Vinny From East Haven said...

I think it is about time I straightened something out - I AM a UConn fan...I just happen the be the rarest breed there is - a realistic one. My first comment referred to the Huskies as a second-rate team in a second-rate conference. I still stand by that statement. People have to realize that for UConn to grow to a perennial top 25 team, it is going to take years. We will still get stomped by every top tier program (and yes, that includes BC, whether you like it or not), and would play .500 football against middle-of-the-road teams. Why? Because that's what we are too. To envision Big East championships or major bowl bids at this time is simply being too unrealistic.
I would LOVE to see them go undefeated and win the Big East (and if they don't start off 5-0 with this cupcake schedule then Mr. Edsal's job should really be called into question), but it's just not happening.

August 21, 2006 4:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there such a thing as rational fanatic?
Whose voices are more reasonable than any other fanatic?
Should we only dream attainable goal?
Sport would not be fun if you already the outcome.

August 21, 2006 7:00 PM 

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