Monday, August 16, 2010

More from media day....and shave those sideburns, hippie!

Spoke to some players and Edsall again. Here's some more from media day...

  • Marcus Campbell is not eligible for a medical hardship. Edsall said a player needs to miss two full seasons due to injury to be considered for a sixth year. So next year is the last for Campbell, who was very down today. Campbell apparently apologized to teammates for letting them down a second year in a row. A year ago, Campbell was academically dismissed. He had to take classes at UConn's Hartford branch and reapply for admission over winter break. During one of the first spring practice sessions, Campbell reiterated over and over how grateful he was to get another chance, vowing he wouldn't let his grades or football slip. Today, Campbell simply couldn't get any words out when asked about the injury. He was fighting off tears before saying he couldn't even talk about it right now.

  • Edsall eased his policy on beards this season. In the past, ala George Steinbrenner, the only facial hair players were allowed to have was a mustache (wonder why more guys didn't take him up on that offer?) But in the player handbook this summer, the language said beards were OK. Zach Hurd was among those pleased. "Finally, the linemen can look tough," Hurd said. "When I shave, I look like a 12-year old." Reminded he's way too big to ever look 12, he said, "Then I look like someone with a huge man's body and a baby face."
  • By the way, the beards must be trimmed and neat. No bushy Jerry Garcia nests or Kimbo Slice neck beards allowed. And, it's either a mustache or a beard. Derek Chard happened to be walking past as Edsall was talking about the policy, and got reprimanded for his goatee. "Shave that," Edsall told him. "No goatees." I suppose if I hadn't asked Edsall about beards at that moment, he wouldn't have noticed Chard. So, sorry about that, Derek.

Garcia! Trim those whiskers!

  • There are tatoos, and there are works of art. Hurd's left arm falls more toward the latter. He spent roughly 95 hours in the tatoo parlor (that's 12 sessions of about eight hours a piece) completing a sleeve mural that paints quite an impressive scene of his family history. Among the prints on his massive arm are the British naval ship on which his father, who passed away when Hurd was 12, served upon as well as an American and British flag. His grandparents are also represented, including a portrait of his grandfather (who died earlier this summer) as a Grenadier Guard in England. There's also a replica of a photo of Zach as a boy with his mother. And there's also a treasure chest with Jasper Howard's No. 6. Hurd says he's done with tatoos, at least for a while.

    The tattoo on Zach Hurd's bicep, a portrait of him and his mother, courtesy of johnnyberrios.com.

  • Greg Lloyd won't be moving back to defensive end, this year or next year. UConn toyed with the idea of moving him there in the offseason, but Lloyd's heart was at linebacker. He's getting back into the flow of the practice field, but likely won't be officially be back until the spring.

  • Kendall Reyes isn't worried about the defensive line. There's still plenty of speed and depth, he said. "Jesse and Trevardo both gained weight in the offseason," Reyes said. "Trevardo is very strong in the weight room, too."

6 Comments:

Blogger UCONNFAN said...

Chip,

Great work as always - I always enjoy following you along with the other UConn blog writers.

One question here, Campbell is not eligible for the medical hardship but is he able to be redshirted because he did not redshirt as a freshman.

August 16, 2010 4:27 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Yes, which is why he will be back next fall. Every player has five years to complete four, which begins the second they begin a class at said school. Marcus's clock started when he saw game action in 2007.

August 16, 2010 4:49 PM 
Blogger UCONNFAN said...

Even if he wasn't in school last year he still lost a year of eligibility?

August 16, 2010 6:24 PM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Yes. Five years to play four, once the clock starts ticking, it doesn't stop whether you're in school or not.

August 16, 2010 7:41 PM 
Blogger Gary said...

Hey Chip,

Glad to see more frequent updates as the season swiftly approaches. Wondering if you'll be doing the picks and the chats again this season?

I bet Esdall could get inject a little big of extra effort into his guys if he decided to grow a beard until the team loses a game. It would be such a far cry from his personality I bet the team would eat it up.

August 17, 2010 10:58 AM 
Blogger Chip Malafronte said...

Edsall with a beard...interesting. Definitely not his personality, though.

I'm on the fence about picks and chats this year. Depends on how much interest there is for people to participate. Feel free to post if you want to see either again.

August 17, 2010 1:24 PM 

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