Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pre-Cincinnati press conference summary

Here's what Randy Edsall had to say during his Tuesday press conference.

  • The seniors to be honored Saturday will include the late Jasper Howard, whose family is coming up Saturday for the game. "He'll be looking down on us, but he's an honorary captain and part of this senior class, and we'll honor him as such," Edsall said. Also being honored are Yianni Apostolakos, injured earlier in his career but who stayed on as a student assistant, and Meme Wylie.

  • Cincinnati combined to score 17 points in losses to Syracuse and West Virginia, then erupted to hang 69 on Rutgers Saturday. "We know what (Cincinnati) is all about," Edsall said. "They had 700 total yards and scored 47 points against us. We've been there." Edsall said he'd rather not get into an offensive shootout -- being the lowest-scoring team in the Big East, probably not a good idea. "As the end of the day, we just want to have one more point than they do," Edsall said.

  • Don't expect any personell changes. "We're 10 games in, we know the people who will be the most productive for us," Edsall said. "We're not going to change mid-stream unless there's and injury, and we don't have any injuries."

  • Edsall was asked if he had any regrets reversing his original plan to redshirt Greg Lloyd in August. "No, not at all," Edsall said. "He was ready to go and cleared to play. He had the opportunity, other guys came along and played better."

  • Edsall said the decision not to come back for his final year of eligibility was Meme Wylie's choice. Wylie had knee surgery a few months back, and is also a father. "A running back coming off a knee injury like that usually isn't as good," Edsall said. "He felt he had a good run, will have his degree and that it's time to start taking care of his family."

  • The West Virginia-Pitt game on Friday is huge for UConn, but Edsall brushed off questions about it. "Whatever happens that day, it's not going to matter if we don't win Saturday," Edsall said.

  • Edsall was pretty short with his answers today, and eventually just decided the press conference was over. He said he had to get on a conference call with the AFCA because he was the chairman of the district, and they were picking the All-American team today. Earlier, he was asked about Todman being recognized nationally for his season. "I have a chance to have a say in terms of what we feel as a district today," Edsall said. "To me, it's nice when people make those awards but if you ask anyone he's played against what kind of player he is, that's what's important. It's what your peers think, what your teammates think of the job you've done." Edsall also mentioned how the non-traditional powers usually get passed over for the bog awards.


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