Monday presser: OL struggles, DL manuvering

Kenton Adeyemi (95) is now the starter at defensive end for UConn. (Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/ USA Today Sports)

Kenton Adeyemi (95) is now the starter at defensive end for UConn. (Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/ USA Today Sports)

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — UConn will head down to Tampa, Florida on Friday night still focused on developing talent, but still very much in need of a win.  

The Huskies will try and do both this week.

UConn, 1-2 after a difficult 38-21 loss to Boise State on Saturday, face a South Florida team that is also 1-2 after getting thrashed by N.C. State last week.

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Pruitt, Paull give up football due to health concerns

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — UConn lost two more players due to injuries as defensive end Angelo Pruitt and offensive linemen Bryan Paull, are no longer with the program.

This comes a week after quarterback Casey Cochran also gave up football due to concussions.

Paull and Pruitt were both fifth year seniors, and in the case of Pruitt, a starter on the defensive side. Pruitt did not play the last two games due to injury.

As far as Paull, who never broke onto the two-deep in his career, his injury remains a mystery as an upper body injury.

Pruitt’s injury was called a lower leg injury and was described  by Diaco as chronic. Paull’s injury, and when it happened, was not divulged.

Diaco has declined to reveal more information citing privacy regulations and even the U.S. Constitution on Monday.

In place of Pruitt, Kenton Adeyemi is now the starter on the defensive end while redshirt freshman Cole Ormsby was moved to the defensive line where he may split snaps with starter BJ McBryde.

Collier makes impression on USA’s Staley

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Dawn Staley has been a part of USA Basketball for more than 20 years. The 2013 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee won Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000, and 2004 as a player and was an assistant coach on the team that won gold in 2008.

So the University of South Carolina head coach and assistant to Geno Auriemma on the United States squad that will take part in the 2014 FIBA world championships has seen it all. This summer, she watched a young player in her debut in international play make a strong first impression.
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Nurse learning from experience of a lifetime

By Carl Adamec

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Kia Nurse was two years old when Sue Bird made her debut for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

No wonder the United States national team’s point guard and three-time Olympic gold medalist feels her age when she looks across the court at the UConn freshman and point guard for Team Canada.
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Diaco: Pulling back on the O-Line

John F. Silver

 UConn’s offensive line was a big concern the moment Bob Diaco took over  the Huskies and three games into the season it remains the major weakness on the team. 

Coming off a 290 yard offensive output, eight sacks, and less than 100 yards of rushing per game over three games, it’s time to get back to the drawing board.

While units, such as the defense, are ahead of where Diaco wanted to be, the offensive line needs to slow down.

Speaking on his Sunday Boise State wrap-up teleconference, Diaco indicated that he is going to have to step back what he is asking the line to do.

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Week 3 Top 25 ballot: Oregon still No. 1

John F. Silver

It was supposed to be a calm week in the Top 25, it wasn’t. Virginia Tech beats Ohio State, then gets beat by East Carolina.  To me, that puts Va Tech back out. You can’t come off a win over State and then fall down 21-0. Boston College beating USC? Yup. Saw that coming.  The AP poll is still in flux. I think my top 4 are solid, those are the top four teams in the country. Everything after that is debatable. I also think BYU is going to go undefeated. Got a hunch there. That’s going to be VERY interesting. The toughest game on the BYU schedule may be against Central Florida. California and Virginia aren’t better than the Knights. So, BYU could be looking at a 12-0 and 11-1 campaign. That’s a realistic chance right there.  Nice to see Cincinnati join the season. That’s the best American team. Marshall remains my pet project. Not a lot of confidence after the Top 4.

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UConn – Boise State highlights

Despite taking a lead in the second quarter, UConn fell to its first loss of the season Saturday against Boise State, 38-21.

UConn men: Enoch commits to Huskies

John F. Silver

The UConn men’s basketball team received a commitment from Norwalk, Connecticut forward Steven Enoch on Saturday night.

Enoch is a 6-10 PF who will prep this season at St. Thomas Moore.

Enoch announced the news on twitter:

Enoch is the second member of the 2015 class with Roxbury, Massachusetts point guard Jalen Adams the other.

 

News and Notes: Turnovers doom chances

Arkeel Newsome fumbles the ball against Boise State in the first quarter on Saturday. Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/USA Today Sports.

Arkeel Newsome fumbles the ball against Boise State in the first quarter on Saturday. Photo Credit: Dave Butler II/USA Today Sports.

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. –For the third straight game, the Huskies looked up at the scoreboard about three minutes in and saw themselves a touchdown down.

On Saturday, against Boise State, an Arkeel Newsome fumble on the first drive of the game was returned 31 yards for a touchdown.

Just like that — 7-0 — just as Josh Marriner’s fumble in the end zone on the first drive resulted in a 7-0 deficit against Stony Brook and Max DeLorenzo’s fumble on the first play of the season gave powerful BYU a short-field and one play after that a 7-0 lead.

It’s not survivable for any football team, much less one of UConn’s ilk.

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Recap: Boise State 38, UConn 21

Result: Boise State held off UConn 38-21, taking advantage of a critical fourth quarter interception by Chandler Whitmer to win at Rentschler Field.

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Boise State Broncos cornerback Donte Deayon (5) strips the ball from Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) and runs for a touchdown during the second half at Rentschler Field. Boise State Broncos defeated the Connecticut Huskies 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State Broncos cornerback Donte Deayon (5) strips the ball from Connecticut Huskies wide receiver Geremy Davis (85) and runs for a touchdown during the second half at Rentschler Field. Boise State Broncos defeated the Connecticut Huskies 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Need to Know:  UConn dropped to 1-2 with a frustrating loss to Boise State. The game began with running back Arkeel Newsome fumbling a carry and having it returned for a touchdown, and it essentially ended with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown. The most critical turnover, however, was in the fourth quarter with UConn trailing 24-21. Whitmer’s pass was intercepted at the UConn 39 yard-line. That led to a Boise State touchdown, a 31-21 lead, and the end of UConn’s upset bid. Boise State scored 21 points off turnovers and scored 38 points despite a stunning total of 290 total yards, far below the over 600 they put up a week before. UConn’s offense wasn’t much better as they managed only 290 yards of offense.  Whitmer was 16 of 29 for 209 yards and two fourth quarter interceptions with two touchdowns.  Deshon Foxx led UConn receiving with 106 yards, while Geremy Davis and Alec Bloom had touchdown catches.  Grant Hedrick threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns for Boise State.

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Next up: The Huskies will head to South Florida next Friday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.


John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn — You can’t give up 14 points on turnovers directly, and then 7 more with a short field. For whatever griping there is about UConn falling to 1-2, and there are concerns about the ability of the offensive line to move the ball, there is not a team UConn can beat on its schedule if it continues to make those turnovers. Three straight games the Huskies have had a fumble from a running back in the first quarter lead to a touchdown. Three times this season, the Huskies have been hit with a defensive score.  It is not survivable.

As far as the rest of the Huskies, the defense was outstanding holding Boise to 292 yards. It was a winning effort. There were some blown coverages, and it wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to win the game. The Huskies offense? Got TDs from Alec Bloom and Geremy Davis. Deshon Foxx had 106 yards receiving. There is something there, but the offensive line has to be light years better. The first half saw -9 rushing yards, 7 sacks. Second half saw UConn manage some semblance of a run game and only one sack.  That has to continue. UConn is 1-2, a frustrating 1-2, but at least there are some things to build off of. Mainly, the defense. Now, if they just don’t turn the ball over.