This was supposed to be a preview of USF and Saturday’s game with UConn. But, as you know by now, Mother Nature has gotten in the way. In the interest of the safety of the USF travel party getting back to Tampa on Saturday, the game has been cancelled.
Yes, it is disappointing, especially for the UConn seniors who miss out on one more opportunity to play in front of the home fans at The Rent. Randy Edsall always talks about a game being one of 12 opportunities. Well, one of those opportunities is gone. And it’s disappointing for
David Bowie made a hit out of the song “Changes” in 1972. Randy Edsall made changes after week one of the UConn Football season after Thursday’s narrow win against Holy Cross.
The biggest change comes at quarterback where Bryant Shirreffs rescued a slumbering UConn offense by leading the Huskies to three second half touchdowns to rally UConn from a 20-7 deficit. Edsall said the fifth year senior
For 43 minutes Thursday night, it looked like the UConn Football would get off to a disastrous start. Holy Cross was dominating the Huskies and held a 20-7 lead. The return of Randy Edsall was not going well.
Then, things changed with the insertion of senior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs into the lineup. The heretofore lethargic offense went 53 yard in 78 seconds to get within six points. The defense produced a three and out and Shirreffs marched the Huskies 59 yards in 8 plays and threw a perfectly executed touchdown pass to Hergy Mayala to give Connecticut a lead it wouldn’t lose in an eventual 27-20 season opening win.
Much of the publicity surrounding the new look of the UConn Huskies has surrounded the fast paced offense. Equally important are the changes that have been made on the defensive side of the ball.
New defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, a native of Waterford (and big Yankees fan, two reasons we get along ! ) has implemented a 3-3-5 scheme that emphasizes attacking the offense. It is a far cry from the philosophy of the previous head coach who did not blitz and played a more read and react style. To a man, the defensive players are thrilled with the change and anxious to make things happen on their side of the ball.
It’s baaack…Yes, with the football season opening on Thursday night at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (heretofore to be called “The Rent”) it’s time to get back to giving my thoughts on the Huskies. It’s been a great summer but I am ready to get back to covering the Huskies.
Here’s what’s coming up this morning with Joe D. who’s on the air this week for Ray Dunaway.
Joe D talks with Quinnipiac Women’s Basketball Coach, Trish Fabbri about the exciting run the Bobcats have been on during the NCAA Tourney.
Joe D talks with the Travelers Tournament Director Nathan Grube and the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bessette, about the Travelers and the announcement of Rory McIlroy’s participation this year.
Joe D sat down with UConn Athletic Director David Benedict in studio to talk about his first year as AD. Hear about his experience, and his vision for the future of UConn’s programs.
Joe D and Jeff Jacobs, sports columnist with the Hartford Courant, discuss what UConn needs to look for in a Head Football Coach in the wake of the firing of Bob Diaco.