From UCONN's " Daily Campus" by Colin McDonough, senior staff writer.
I have no affiliation with The Daily Campus, I only attend UCONN as a freshman, and am a die-hard Michigan fan.
Friday, Semptember 3, 2010
BRINGING DOWN THE BIG HOUSE
Huskies to Face Wolverines in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd
The UCONN football team will run out of the tunnel of a newly-refurbished Michigan Stadium this Saturday in front of what is expected to be the largest crowd in college football history.To say the atmosphere may be a little rowdier than last year's opener at Ohio University may be an understatement., however, coach Randy Edsall and the Huskies are trying to treat their match-up with Michigan just like any other contast.
"It's the first game of 12," Edsall said. "Every game you play is just as important as any other game you play."
Although fans and the media have hyped up UCONN's opener in the Big House, Edsall is trying to keep his troops focused.
"We are starting this season a little bit differently, playing in the largest stadium in college football," Edsall said. "We have to put all the distractions behind us and just focus on what's going on between the white lines."
USC transfer D.J. Shoemate will make his debut in blue and white Saturday and may feel more excitement about playing the Wolverines than his new head coach.
"It's what everybody dreams of," Shoemate said. "The prestige they have is the thing I've been hearing about. You can feel the chills a little bit going into this game."
While Shoemate is looking forward to the clash with Michigan, other Huskies have echoed Edsall's sentiments.
"It's no different than any other game," said Moe Petrus. "We have to make each one of them count. We're preparing for this the same way we will prepare for the next game."
UConn's defense will breathe a sigh of relief after it was announced that Greg Lloyd Jr. will not redshirt the 2010 season due to a knee injury as was expected earlier in the week.
"I felt he was ready to play, he felt he was ready to play," Edsall said. "My job is to put the people on the field who can help us win. Sometimes young people exceed expectations. That's why our depth chart is what it is."
On offense, Zach Frazer will be the starting quarterback for UConn, and with back up Cody Endres suspended indefinitely, redshirt freshman Michael box is second on the depth chart behind Frazer.
"I feel comfortable with him as a backup," Edsall said. "He's a lot like Dan Orlovsky, but a much better athlete than Dan."
Another change at the quarterback position was announced in the depth chart. Freshman quarterback Leon Kinnard has been switched to wide receiver for the 2010 season. Edsall called Kinnard an "athlete," and may have a few tricks up his sleeve on offense Saturday. To finally beat Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the Huskies may have to pull out all the stops.
Edsall will look to beat Rodriguez for the first time ever as a head coach. Rodriguez's spread offense gave the Huskies fits during his tenure at West Virginia, where the Mountaineers defeated UConn in all four meetings.
"It's not so much the scheme, it's the people playing the scheme," said Edsall. "That's the big thing in any sport, it's the players."
Rodriguez may not have Pat White under center for him anymore, but Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson could both make plays on the field for the Wolverines.
"We've seen both on film," said Edsall. "There's things that each of them do that are a little bit better.
His reason for picking UM in this game, IMO, is right on the mark. If this team is as bonded and "All In For Michgian" as reported the last few months, then there is no way they don't play pissed off and angry right out of the gates.
I love teams with chips on their shoulders.
Another questionable outdoor activity weather driven and family dominated Labor Day weekend gathering is upon me. Currently outside are now football-like conditions with winds howling, dark gray looming clouds and sprinkles are in the air. My voting question is, does one stay home with creature comforts to watch a full day of, most importantly the 3:36 kickoff game, college football from the couch or does one find a single ticket and drive Southbound four hours to tailgate with a couple friends who will be at the game?
… with family consensus permission of course with an immediate return to the Labor Day weekend events the following day.
Here you go.
I didnt make this one but i love it! [audio NSFW]
Seen it a hundred plus times. To me it hasn't become worn or trite. I saw a video of a pregame at WV with Rich and he had me pretty fired up too.
I am having a hard time concentrating on business today and going back through and reading Brian's breakdowns of positions and the UCONN stuff on the net. Then trying to get back to business; and back again to screwing off.
I gotta think:
When you work like these guys work in practice, learning all this new uncomfortable stuff to precision over the last two years, sometimes getting your face rubbed in shit by more experienced opponents, belittled by the know it all media, and you bust ass like many of them have worked in the offseason to get bigger and better, and you chased off the guys who weren't up to the challenge: you have a TEAM that poses a lot of danger to opponents.
That big ball of controlled more mature frustration has got to count for something. What it counts for will be proven starting tomorrow.
I doubt Rich will have to top Al in any pregame with this group. I can sense the energy in the practice videos and interviews I watch on this team.
Nothing like an old friend returning just in time for the college football season to start! I give you ND Creeper (aka Damefan1). Live from his mother's basement in Columbus, OH.
Also well known for his 2009 Michigan Prediction