Saturday, November 15, 2008

Postgame notes: Randy's ruse

Lots to cover from the postgame.
  • Randy wasn't exactly contrite for intentionally misleading the media in regard to Tyler Lorenzen this week. On Thursday, his response to whether Tyler was going to be in the mix was, "I don't know." He then said, "it's still Cody and Zach. Or Zach and Cody. However you want to put it." Lorenzen said by Thursday, he knew his foot was healthy enough that he'd be able to play. After Saturday's game, Edsall said, "“I guess I could apologize, but I’m not going to apologize. I knew he was going to play, but I didn’t want it out there. When you play Tyler your gameplan changes. I’m sorry, but it’s a competitive game and you’re judged on winds and losses. I’m not going to give up anything that might give up our competitive edge.”

  • Edsall's competitive edge went as far as having Frazer take snaps with the starting offense during pregame warm-ups. And after the coin toss, Lorenzen went to get his arm loose again. Frazer followed him and warmed up as well. I would not have been shocked if Edsall had all four quarterbacks in uniform tonight begin to jog out with the offense, before three stopped and broke off headed back to the sidelines.

  • Edsall said his misdirection was OK because there are no rules in the Big East regarding injury reports. Perhaps that's something that will be addressed in the off-season, he said. "I try to use every competitive advantage I can," Edsall said. "It's the nature of the business sometimes. If you were on my side, you'd do the same darn thing. If I was on your side, I'd do the same thing you're doing (questioning why Edsall couldn't be more honest)."

  • Lorenzen wasn't really called upon to do much against Syracuse. He was 7-for-15 passing for 70 yards, and ran seven times for 10 yards. But he didn't turn the ball over, and continued his winning ways. He's now 15-4 as a starter, and carries himself well in the huddle. "“It’s just the leadership he brings,” Donald Brown said. “He so calm, cool and collected in the huddle and he keeps everyone else grounded. We have confidence in all our quarterbacks, but Tyler is the most experienced of all of them. Experience is what separates you in this game.”

  • Lorenzen said he was "kinda" cleared medically last week, and knew he'd be in the mix heading into this week of practice. His foot held up, he was whipped back into shape by strength coach Jerry Martin, and could do everything needed of him. Tyler will be starting every game from here on out, Edsall said.

  • If Cody Brown isn't the best defensive end in the Big East, then there's an incredible player out there I haven't seen yet. He was the best player on the field. Again.

  • The Syracuse media pressed Edsall on the state of his alma mater, and tried to get him to say things he never would say about the sorry state of the once-proud Orange program. At least one question, asked by a video cameraman, was completely absurd. He asked Edsall what he said to Greg Robinson when they shook hands after the game, then followed up with something to the effect of, "Do you envision yourself on that sideline next season?" Edsall's answer was, "That's not appropriate. That's not appropriate at all." What did this guy really think Edsall would say in that situation?

  • The two weeks to prepare for Syracuse really benefitted UConn. On his interception and touchdown return, Robert McClain reacted like he had bugged Cameron Dantley in the huddle. "We've been studying film for two weeks," McClain said. "I knew (Dantley) ran a lot of three steps, and I knew to read the quarterback's high shoulder. I read the quarterback and I read the receiver running slant all as it was happening after the snap."

  • Donald Brown passed Terry Caulley as the all-time career rushing leader at UConn.


Anonymous Ian said...

Maybe Edsall was only joking when he said Lorenzen will start the final two games. With him you never know.

It was good to see Tyler back under center. The Huskies do look like a different team with him out there. They seem to look more relaxed out there.

November 16, 2008 12:40 AM 
Anonymous Pete said...

How about the rest of the d line tonight? I think they deserve some credit too. No question Cody is a great player, but Witten and Williams had a few sacks of their own. It was also good to see Reyes back for extended time at DT.

November 16, 2008 8:53 AM 

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