Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tuesday notes from the Shenk
The lowdown from Tuesday's media luncheon....
- Randy Edsall opened things up by informing us that Father Daniel Sullivan, the team's unofficial chaplain, suffered a heart attack over the weekend. He is in recovery, and apparently informed his doctors he had to fly to Pitt this weekend for the UConn game. Doctors told him that wasn't going to happen. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
- Not much news on the injury front. Dan Ryan will be reevaluated during practice this week. If he can't play, expect Mike Hicks to start at right tackle and Alex LaMagdelaine to start at left guard. If Ryan is healthy enough, he'll likely go at right tackle with Hicks at left guard.
- Ryan Henegan will participate in a full contact practice today for the first time since injuring his knee in the preseason. No gray area with him though, Lawrence Wilson is the starter against Pitt. Greg Lloyd Jr. will most likely back him up, playing on the home field of the Steelers team his father starred for so long (not the same stadium, but you get the idea).
- Dave Wannstedt had an appointment for a moustache wax and trim, and thus was unavailable to speak via teleconference with Connecticut media this afternoon.
- Tyler Lorenzen has perfected the art of speaking for extended periods of time without actually saying anything. He could be the White House press secretary. Asked if he's taking classes at UConn to perfect the art of style over substance, Tyler laughed and said a lot of his friends and family tell him he should go into politics because of this skill. Credit him for having a good, self-deprecating sense of humor.
- Even after Tony Ciaravino's magnificent day kicking the football against Temple (he was named Big East special teams player of the week), Edsall mentioned Dave Teggart is still right on his tail for the job. Says a lot about both kids, but this quote was even more insightful, "This is the first time in my nine years here that I can go out to practice on Sundays and on Thursdays and not have to feel bad because guys are putting it through the uprights and being very consistent," Edsall said.
- Since I know you're all interested, it was barbecue ribs, grilled chicken and leftover kielbasa being served in the team cafeteria for lunch. Sounded great in theory, but the execution left a lot to be desired. Kind of like the Temple game.