Monday, November 16, 2015

Week off served UConn players well

UConn coach Bob Diaco addressed the impact of the team's first bye week after playing 10 straight weeks as well as being one win away from becoming bowl eligible on the weekly American Athletic Conference coaches' call.

"(The players took) advantage of some much-needed rest after 10 weeks, excluding camp, 10 weeks of real battles," Diaco said. "The guys were beat up and taxed pretty good so it was a great week for them to spend a little time on football but mostly just relax and be students for a week. I am sure they all enjoyed that and it was good getting back together, we reconvened for the final push. A lot of energy and excitement for guys who like being together, we like practicing and preparing so full steam ahead.

"The players at all positions, especially the ones who participate in the games, there is no moment where you get to catch up. As one thing starts to hurt, you can then start to compensate for that and something else starts to hurt. Your neck hurts so you are not moving a particular way and then your back starts to hurt, no different than a carpenter, electrician or somebody who is working each day and has an ailment. Your elbow or wrist hurts so you start to hit a different way and your shoulder starts to hurt. That all starts to compound on you especially if you are at a highly physical position but we got a rest and we are feeling better.

"It is very exciting for the team and they see it as a way that is positive and we take those opportunities to prepare us for the final push."

UConn announced that anybody who shows a ticket stub from Saturday's men's basketball game against Furman can buy a ticket for the football game for $15.

The Pratt & Whitney Box Office opens at 12:30 p.m. and is located at Gate B while tickets for the football game can also be purchased at the Gampel Pavilion ticket office which opens at 10:30 a.m..

UConn's regular-season finale at Temple on Nov. 28 will be a 7 p.m. kickoff and will air on ESPNU.

The last time UConn played at Temple the Huskies entered the game with an 0-9 record and came away with a 28-21 victory.


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