Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Tuesday notes: West Virginia on tap

When exactly did Connecticut become part of the Pacific Northwest? It's been raining for the last week and a half here. The news and notes of the day from Storrs.
  • Depth chart updates: Johnny McEntee finally listed as the starter at quarterback; Lyle McCombs at tailback. Of course, it should have looked that way a month ago. J-J Louis and Deshon Foxx are 'OR' as backup tailbacks; McCummings and Nebrich the same behind McEntee.
  • West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is the spitting image of Phil Collins circa 1987. That was confirmed after watching VH1's Genesis "Behind the Music" over the weekend. Just call him Coach Sussudio.

  • Linebacker Jerome Williams and tailback Martin Hyppolite are both "working" to get back into the lineup after knee injuries. Pasqualoni doesn't know yet if they'll be ready by Saturday, but Hyppolite would be the fourth tailback. Williams, expected to be a starter before his injury, would likely also be used in a backup role if he can play.

  • At 2-3 and coming off a disappointing loss to Western Michigan, it's easy to count UConn out for the rest of the season. But this team has been in this situation before. Last year, the Huskies looked done after starting 1-2 in Big East play with bad losses to Rutgers and Louisville. Facing elimination from the race with each game, they came back to win the next four for the league title. "When you come back in here Sunday and put the film on, it's clear that if we get some things cleaned up we're capable of being a good team," Pasqualoni said. "When it's time to make plays, you have to be in the right spot and you have to make plays."

  • Paperwork will be filed for medical hardship cases for D.J. Shoemate (shoulder) and Jimmy Bennet (knee). Both are eligible. It's up to the NCAA to decide whether they get them, and certainly no guarantee they will be approved.

  • Blidi Wreh-Wilson is out again this week, and Pasqualoni said it's "a stretch" to think he might be ready for the Oct. 15 game with USF.


    Anonymous Vinny from East Haven said...

    TCU to the Big 12. Nice to know ya, Big East football.

    October 06, 2011 5:41 PM 
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    not going to lie, your references to 80's pop culture are fantastic. I'm a bit surprised you haven't commented much on the whole Big East football picture now that it seems no one wants to play in it...

    what are you hearing and what do you think will happen?

    October 08, 2011 8:03 AM 

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