Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick hitters from UConn's press conference on Monday

I will have more in the coming days but figured I would throw in a quick update of what we learned after meeting with Bob Diaco and selected players.

Diaco said No. 1 right offensive tackle Andreas Knappe is dealing with a lower leg issue and is day to day. He was not at the media portion of practice on Monday as Dalton Gifford worked in with the first team offensive line.

Cornerback Jhavon Williams is a little nicked up so that is why freshman Jamar Summers has been getting so much time with the first team offense.

Diaco said no quarterbacks have distanced themselves from the others and if that doesn't change in the next week, he will rely on intangible traits than any tallying of positive and negative plays in determining who is the No. 1 quarterback. He did say that the play of the quarterback and tailback positions will not prevent UConn from winning games. That begged the question of which position is he concerned could impact the Huskies' ability to win and he mentioned the reserve safeties and second tier group of offensive linemen as areas of concern.

Although Kenton Adeyemi has been working with the first team defense at the last two practices I attended, Diaco said that B.J. McBryde has had as good of a last week of practice so the competition between the two defensive end is rather intense.

He said freshman running back Arkeel Newsome has more body mass and is physically stronger than he anticipated and that he may work his way into the mix on either punt or kickoff returns. He also said Deshon Foxx will be a main guy in returning both punts and kickoffs.

Diaco said he liked what he saw at the scrimmage the team held on Saturday at Rentschler Field and was especially thrilled to see the offense get the first down it needed on the final play of the scrimmage. There will be more on that later on today.

Finally, defensive end Sheridan Lawley is now working with the tight ends to add some immediate depth to that position although he thinks Lawley will eventually move back to defense.


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