Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Game is in the books

Some quick postgame notes and observations:

  • Huge day for Stratford's Marcus Easley. Ten catches, 169 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad for an un-recruited walk-on, who, Randy Edsall said, won't be a walk-on much longer. Coming out of Bunnell High, Easley was a solid basketball player and received football offers from Sacred Heart, SCSU and some smaller Massachusetts programs. He got into UConn based on academics, and decided to walk-on as a sophomore. Edsall said Easley is fast, but needs to work on transitioning that speed to the field. "He have to get him to play at the speed he runs at," Edsall said. "If he can do that, he'll be a big factor in what we want him to do. There's playing speed, and there's 40 speed. He has good 40 speed, he has to play at his 40 speed."

  • Another player with local ties who had a strong day was outside linebacker Sio Moore, who grew up in West Haven before moving to North Carolina for high school. Moore finished with 16 tackles, including three for losses. Edsall likened harnessing Moore's talent to breaking a wild stallion. "He has tremendous ability," Edsall said. "“I have to be careful what I say about Sio. You can’t really compliment him because he doesn’t know how to handle it. But he has as much natural athletic ability and speed as we’ve had in any outside linebacker in the program since I’ve been here."

  • Zach Frazer and Cody Endres each said they plan to head into the offseason thinking they are the starter. Randy Edsall hinted he may make a decision which will be the guy by Monday or Tuesday. My gut feeling is he won't let them twist in the wind all offseason.

  • The backup defensive backs had some problems today, and Edsall admitted UConn is a little thin at the position right now after losing two players to the NFL and another, Dahna Deleston, who'll probably get a shot along with Darius Butler. Conversely, how about those starting defensive tackles? Twyon Martin and Kendall Reyes will be forces for the next three seasons.

  • Captains Desi Cullen, Robert McClain, Scott Lutrus and Anthony Sherman make sense. Cullen is a punter, but is as much of a leader as anyone. Edsall mentioned how Cullen played linebacker in high school and organized team bible study at UConn. Asked about it later, Cullen said he made up the part about playing linebacker. "I played soccer and kicked in high school," Cullen admitted. "I just told people that to get them jacked up."

That's it for now. It's 3:30 p.m., and I've had nothing but coffee today (no food in the press box, and I needed to apply for another mortgage to afford the Runway concession stand prices). I need to eat.


Blogger Gary said...

Chip, I wasn't able to go to the Spring game, but on the Uconn site is says it was 83-57?! That can't be right? Unless they have a different type of scoring. Please clarify, inquiring minds need to know.

(by the way, my comment word verification was testies, hehe)

April 19, 2009 10:41 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...


Since the entire offense was Blue, and the defense was White, they used a confusing scoring system that awarded points for everything from sacks, tackles for losses, gains of 15 yards or more and drive stops.

They might as well have been giving random points, because no one could follow it.

Next time, maybe they can hire a trio of judges, like Dancing With the Stars, and just hand out points for completely subjective things like style and degree of difficulty.

(oh, I swear I had nothing to do with the word verifications. Hard to believe, but I didn't. Ha Ha Ha)....

April 19, 2009 5:26 PM 

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