Sunday, November 11, 2007

Taking inventory of the wounded

Alex LaMagdelaine is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Don't expect him back for the final two games. Lawrence Green reinherits his starting job on the offensive line.

Steve Brouse is day-to-day with a reported concussion. Will Beatty and Dan Davis were nicked up on Saturday, but fine. All this via Randy Edsall today.

Edsall, after watching the game film, chalked it up to the team not playing with enough emotion. Not that they didn't play with emotion, he clarified, just not enough. "We have to (play at a high emotional level) is we want to be good. We're not good enough not to play without that kind of emotion." Edsall blamed himself for not convincing his team how tough Cincinnati would be. "I thought I did," Edsall said. "It was more us waiting for something to happen rather than making it happen. The first play of the game we should have had an interception (by Danny Lansanah) and didn't get it."

Tyler Lorenzen turned in his worst overall performance of the season, Edsall said. "He was under a lot of pressure and took way too many hits. It's something he'll learn from and be better this week." Lorenzen didn't make as many plays with his feet on Saturday, and was also victimized by dropped balls from his wide receivers (which is happening way too much).

UConn falls to 25th in the AP top 25, falls out of the coaches poll, and is 24th in the BCS.

And on a sadder note, this ....


The body of former University of Connecticut football letterman and assistant coach Thomas Kopp, 69, was found on Sunday morning on Great Pond in Belgrade, Maine after his boat capsized yesterday. Kopp was working as the associate dean of admissions at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and was on a family camping trip at the time of his death.

Kopp, a native of Naugatuck, earned three varsity letters from 1958-60 as a quarterback and punter, serving as a captain his senior year and helping the Huskies to two outright Yankee Conference Championships and one shared league title. Kopp was also an All-Yankee Conference catcher for the UConn baseball team and helped the Huskies to the 1959 College World Series. After playing for two years in the Minnesota Twins organization, Kopp became a teacher and coach of both football and baseball at Avon High School, helping Avon to two state football championships. He returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach at UConn from 1966-70 under head coach John Toner. The Huskies won the YanCon in 1970 and shared the 1968 league title. After leaving UConn, he coached at Dartmouth under Jake Crouthamel and had worked at Colby in a variety of both athletic and academic capacities for almost 30 years.


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