Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Call of Duty, New Haven football and yogurt. A little Louisville, too.

Seems like ages since UConn last played a game. Bye weeks can be weird like that. A few quick notes from today's media session...
  • Blidi Wreh-Wilson will be a game-time decision for Saturday, according to coach Pasqualoni. He's not on the depth chart, so my instincts say he's unlikely to play, and if he does he won't be starting.

  • It's nearly impossible to get a hard copy of a team media guide these days. Printing costs don't make sense given everyone can just access it online. But Louisville not only has printed out his media guide, it's a bound, hard-cover edition that looks like it belongs on Regis Philbin's coffee table. It's a coffee table book about Louisville football.

  • Louisville, at 3-2 in the Big East, is a part of the log jam of team's with two losses. But the Cardinals squandered a chance to elevate themselves with a loss to Pitt last week, an opportunity coach Charlie Strong partly attributed to "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3". Had Louisville spent a little less time gaming, it might not be in this mess. Here's the story link. It's a stretch, and a pretty weak argument. I'm sure Pitt, and every other school in the county, has plenty of guys gaming, too. Maybe this week, should they lose, Strong will blame the distraction he caused with this story, which has gained national attention.

  • The bye week provides time to rest and heal, and since UConn played a Wednesday night game just before Halloween, it will have played only two games over a 35-day stretch when it takes the field Saturday. Louisville, on the other hand, had a bye on Sept. 24 and will be playing its eighth game in eight weeks.

  • Mike Osiecki was able to take advantage of the bye week to see his brother, Ryan, play quarterback for the University of New Haven in its final regular season game at St. Anselm in New Hampshire. Ryan Osiecki has thrown of 2,694 yards and 30 touchdowns for a New Haven (10-1) offense averaging 43 points per game. The Chargers are ranked second in their region, and have a first-round bye in the Division II playoffs that begin this week. They'll play a home game on Nov. 26 against the Kutztown-Concord winner. Kutztown, by the way, is led by a tailback on the verge of 1,000 yards this season. His name is Robbie Frey. UConn fans might remember him.

  • Speaking of New Haven, offensive coordinator George DeLeone was back in his hometown over the weekend to see a couple of high school football games. Obviously, he had to get some pizza. Pepe's or Sally's? Nope. DeLeone knows the best pies are made at Modern Apizza. Smart man.

  • Pasqualoni not only played for Joe Paterno at Penn State, he knows Jerry Sandusky fairly well. Sandusky was Pasqualoni's linebackers coach there in the late 60s and early 70s. Pasqualoni was as shocked and disgusted by the story as anyone else."For everbody, it's been difficult," he said. "For me, there's a couple sides to it. I feel, as I'm sure all Penn State alums do, very bad about it. I got in this business of coaching to be a college coach and an educator. I was an elementary school teacher for seven years. My core values and ideals, philosophical approach to my career is as a teacher. Even in the NFL, I saw myself as a teacher. I was just teaching older guys. Penn State is a great institution. The board of trustees are special people. They know what's good for the institution, and they did what they feel is the best thing to do for Penn State. Penn State is much more than a football school. There's much more to it than just that. It's been pretty difficult."

  • Trevardo Williams isn't a big fan of the training table food at UConn. When he's there, he'll usually load up a salad bowl full of yogurt. "I eat about a pound of yogurt a week," he said. "And I still maintain my weight (he's listed at 231 pounds)." Rather surprised, I had to ask how he could eat so much yogurt and not lose weight. "I eat other things, too," he smiled. "It's not an all-yogurt diet." Ah. Of course. The lesson, as usual? I'm not all that bright.

  • Williams says he works year-round on his technique, which, now three years into his UConn career, is finally paying big dividends. His speed certainly helps, too. Williams said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds not long ago. A few years back, the 100-yard dash at the spring high school track State Open, featured Williams, Marcus Campbell and a kid from Hillhouse named Terrell Wilks. Williams, only a junior, ran a 10.74, but finished third. Wilks, who went on to become an All-American sprinter at Florida, won it with a 10.42. "I haven't been timed in a 100 since high school," Williams said. "But I think I could still run a 10.7."


Anonymous Pete said...

And I'm sure that you remember Trevardo beat Todman at the New-England meet when they ran against each other.

November 15, 2011 10:16 PM 
Blogger afootball guy said...

hey coach deleone was in ansonia watching the all mighty chargers. could have been watching the lineman and running back.

November 21, 2011 9:43 PM 

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