Thursday, March 06, 2014

Diaco ready for UConn's first spring practice

Not that the winter conditioning drills aren't beneficial, but it is pretty clear that new UConn football coach is eager to see his new team taking part in actual football drills.

That will come Monday afternoon when the Huskies hold the first of 15 spring practices ending with the Apr. 12 spring game.

"Can’t wait, can't wait, can't wait," Diaco said after the press conference promoting the Nov. 8 game against Army at Yankee Stadium.

"I am talking about 15 practices and if we can walk out of the spring after 15 practices and the team understands how we expect the games to be played, not necessarily what the plays are but how we expect the games to played, the proper effort, energy, detail and mental toughness necessary to execute and end with that implanted in the DNA it would be a positive thing.

"They are going to do our system, do our brands of ball and we are going to do our evaluation. We need everybody."

Diaco declined to provide an update on the status of safety Ty-Meer Brown who is dealing with a serious neck issue which ended his junior season prematurely.

"We are going to put the roster together tomorrow morning and then I will specifically talk at our next opportunity."

As for new running backs coach David Corley, Diaco said, "It is a very exciting thing, he is a great, great guy and he fits with the DNA of our organization. He was a fantastic player, he has instant credibility as a great player. He has had nothing but people rave about him since he put the whistle around his neck and he is a class individual and has an expertise with the running backs."

Finally, here is what Diaco thinks about early enrollees Chris Britton and Jamar Summers.

"I have all raves about those guys, they did something incredibly challenging, you are coming from high school math class to college math class the next week. These guys are on their own but they are doing an fantastic job."


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