Commit No. 14: WR Frank Battle, (Miami, Fla.)

UConn is coming off a loss on Friday, but they added a piece to the recruiting class on Monday adding their second receiver for 2015 in Miami’s Frank Battle out of Belen Jesuit per a recruiting source.

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Tuesday presser: In for the long haul

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn — UConn head coach Bob Diaco has a plan.

It’s a complicated play, it’s a different kind of plan, and it isn’t the easiest plan to execute and diagram.

The Huskies are going to play players — 50 saw snaps on offense and defense in Friday’s 35-10 loss to BYU — and are very much in a developmental role right now.

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Wrapping up the American Week 1: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

John F. Silver

Week 1 is in the books for the American Athletic Conference. There were some revelations – Temple 37-7 over Vanderbilt! – and of course a great game to kickoff the league with Tulsa stunning Tulane in overtime.  There was a great game in Dublin, Ireland between UCF and Penn State and others good and bad.  

Week 1, in the American, here’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

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Chris Clarke Down to 7, Set for UConn Visit

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Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, is down to seven schools and will next visit UConn Sept. 5-7.

Along with UConn, Clarke is considering, Florida, Iowa State, Tennessee, Creighton, Minnesota and Virginia Tech.

Clarke averaged 12.5 points this summer with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points at the Peach Jam. He made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.

Reigning national champion UConn is his first visit.

“He likes the academic side of it,” Cape Henry Collegiate coach Mark Hall told by phone Friday. “Obviously, he likes Kevin Ollie. A great coaching staff. Glen Miller is out there as well. The whole coaching staff is from UConn, they’ve won multiple national championships.

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UConn football: How the 2 QB system worked

John F. Silver

UConn head coach Bob Diaco said on Friday night he was pleased with how the two-quarterback system looked.

How the Huskies decided to sprinkle in Chandler Whitmer over the course of the game was preset well before the game. This wasn’t an on the fly and by feel move. UConn’s rotations are methodically set and designed.

The design on Friday was to give Whitmer every third series, and to bring him in the game in the red zone area save for the first two drives. Cochran, was promised the entire drive his first two possessions. After that, if Cochran didn’t knock the Huskies in, Whitmer was going to come in as a more of a red zone threat.

That change happened one time.

Casey Cochran, who was 17 of 31 for 171 yards passing, worked in the third quarter and  was pulled for Whitmer after taking the Huskies down to the 17-yard line down 28-7. To read more of this story, click here

UConn players on NFL Rosters

John F. Silver

It was cut down day in the NFL and former UConn players are well-stocked on rosters.

The Huskies have 16 players currently on NFL rosters, with veteran Dan Orlovsky heading the list making it through another training camp in Detroit as a backup.

The Huskies had three players waived over the last two day. LB Yawin Smallwood, an early entrant into the NFL last year and a seventh round pick of the Falcons, was cut on Friday. He’s likely ticketed for a practice squad somewhere.  Other cuts are former linebacker Lawrence Wilson of the Rams and wide receiver/kick returner Nick Williams of the Redskins. Williams a returner and actually had a solid camp for the Redskins. Per, former UConn writer Zac Boyer, now covering the Redskins for the Washington Times, Williams is likely ticketed to the Redskins’ travel squad.

Shamar Stephen made the Vikings as a 7th round pick, and in the feel good story among the group, well-traveled vet Danny Lansanah made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Marcus Easley, apparently, has made the Bills roster as a special team’s guy.


Here’s the list in alphabetical order:

Will Beatty New York Giants Offensive Tackle
Tyvon Branch Oakland Raiders Strong Safety
Donald Brown San Diego Chargers Running Back
Darius Butler Indianapolis Colts Cornerback
Marcus Easley Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver
Dwayne Gratz Jacksonville Jaguars Cornerback
Ryan Griffin Houston Texans Tight End
Danny Lansanah Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker
Robert McClain Atlanta Falcons Cornerback
Sio Moore Oakland Raiders Linebacker
Dan Orlovsky Detroit Lions Quarterback
Kendall Reyes San Diego Chargers Defensive End
Anthony Sherman Kansas City Chiefs Fullback
Shamar Stephen Minnesota Vikings Defensive Tackle
Jordan Todman Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back
Blidi Wreh-Wilson Tennessee Titans Cornerback


The day after: On quarterbacks and subs

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn — On Thursday, Bob Diaco had his coaches sit down with their position groups and go over the gameplan.

It was there that the Huskies were told how much they were going to play and what their roles were.

Diaco promised to methodically detail how much players are going to play and had preset snaps and series for these players.

The result? Diaco counted 25 different players playing on offense and defense. UConn played 50 players in the game, not counting special teams.

The Huskies played eight true freshmen in the game.

In one sense, it was a managing marvel. It worked in real time for the Huskies. There were no timeouts because of  sub confusion, no delay of games, no chicken-with-the head cut off sub patterns. The patterns worked, showcasing Diaco’s managing magic.

But was it effective?

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn falls to BYU

GEICO SportsNite has highlights of UConn’s football opener, in which the Huskies were on the losing side of a 35-10 contest against BYU.

UConn football: A long way to go

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. —Losing football plays.

Way back during spring practice UConn head coach Bob Diaco didn’t even want to think about how to win football games. His goal was to avoid losing, losing plays that can doom a team before the game really starts.

It was as he feared against BYU.

The Huskies, in the first five minutes of the game, had three penalties, a broken assignment that led to a touchdown, a fumble, and then another blown coverage that led to a touchdown.

The Bob Diaco era at UConn began with a two touchdown deficit five minutes in and while it got better from there, the Huskies never really got over the hump on Friday. The Huskies just aren’t good enough to come back from that kind of start.

They didn’t. UConn fell 35-10 to BYU.

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Game recap: BYU 35, UConn 10

Result: Taysom Hill threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns as BYU overwhelmed UConn 35-10 at Rentschler Field on Friday night in the season opener.

Need to know: The Bob Diaco era got off to a difficult start as BYU jumped out to a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Hill ran for a 7-yard touchdown run to open the scoring and UConn’s first offensive play was a fumble. Hill then found Mitch Matthews for a 26-yard touchdown pass and it was 14-0 and UConn never got closer.  The Huskies gave up 513 yards of offense to BYU. UConn played two quarterbacks with Casey Cochran passing 17 of 31 for 171 yards and an interception. UConn’s Chandler Whitmer added 13 yards passing. Josh Marriner had the lone touchdown run for the Huskies.

Gameball: Hill showed why he’s a Heisman candidate accounting for over 400 yards of offense.

Links: Recap | Box score

 Next up: UConn plays host to Stony Brook next Saturday at noon on SNY.