UConn Huskies interim head coach T.J. Weist held his second weekly press conference on Tuesday and he talked about a variety of different subjects.
Here's the cliff notes version:
- During his opening statement, he talked about the team is ready to get refocused. They are ready to work on the mistakes that cost them the game against South Florida. He also talked about taking all of the good in practice and translating that on to the field. He plans to have agressive practices so that he can put the best team out on the field.
- He said the wide receiver mistakes were on him. He said Deshon Foxx works hard in practice but needs to make the big plays. Besides Geremy Davis and Shakim Phillips if he can't go, the rest of the WR spots are open up for competition during practice this week and that includes Brian Lemelle who should be able to go after injuring his ribs during the game.
- Weist stated that after watching the game film that Tim Boyle showed good decisions, good poise but seemed a little anxious. Said Boyle settled in after getting hit on that early run.
- He also said that Boyle did everything right on the Hail Mary play at the end of the game as did Geremy Davis. The other receiver down there wasn't in the right position.
- He said the receiving corps (WR's and TE's) needs to continue to work on their timing with Boyle. According to Boyle, they've been staying late after practice and working on that.
- Weist talked about the receivers getting used to Boyle comes down how fast he can get ball to receivers. They need to build that rhythm. The wide receivers need to trust their technique and adjust back not forward and to stick to their fundamentals. They also need to keep their patience and understand that the QB has to go through his progressions on the plays too.
- He stated that Dhameer Bradley has been very consistent and is one of the smartest players at WR who has played all three WR positions this season.
- Even though he was burned on the strip-sack, Jimmy Bennett is still the guy at RT. Weist said it wasn't entirely Bennett's fault as Boyle dropped too far back.
- The Huskies will wear a "77" helmet sticker to honor the memory of Cincinnati freshman Ben Flick who was tragically killed in a car accident. He wanted to be able to do something as teams had done the same when Jasper Howard was tragically taken while at UConn.
- As far as his former team goes, he said they (Cincy) is more of a spread team with Brendon Kay at quarterback. Weist knows their strength and weaknesses and the experience of knowing that helps some. He also said they have one of the best defenses in the country.
- He stated their linebacking corps is full of experience. They hafve a solid front seven and that LB Greg Blair is a great player and one of the best linebackers in the league.
- As far as facing his former team, he said it's part of the game. He may exchange pleasantries with them before game if opportunity arises but once the whistle blows they are two opponents/enemies playing each other. Said they are a solid group of kids that he loves but only not when they are playing them.
- He and his family had a great time while in Cincinnati where they had success. The Bearcats have first class facilties.
- In regards to being a head coach, he said he learning a new experience each day and every decision he makes affect the program on and off the field.
- He'd like to be able to call more runs and the ball to Lyle McCombs. The run wasn't as successful in second half because of different looks from the USF defense.
- He evaluates everyone including himself, players and staff. And has them do the same thing.
- He talked about the terrible field conditions on how the field is beat up a little bit. He said the guys need to get out there early and figure out what the best cleats were. He said that's why he had receivers doing double moves because of the turf conditions hoping to get the defensive player to fall.
- He stated that punter Cole Wagner is a great weapon and maybe should have gone to him on one of the long field goal attempts instead, especially given the field conditions.
- He was happy to see Andrew Adams back. Adams saw about 20 snaps and got some hits in. He also said Marquise Vann played very physical in place of Ryan Donohue who missed the game with a concussion.
- On the injury front, Phillips, Taylor Mack, Graham Stewart and Tyree Clark are all questionable. He said that Donohue is probable and was supposed to be back on Tuesday. He also said that he'd like to Stewart get back out there and be at least day-to-day.
- He said he watched the game film right away as he got on the bus back to Storrs. He stated that he can't sleep until he does then quipped that who gets much sleep udring the season anyways.
I'll have more on Boyle and what's he done to earn the respect of the offensive line as well as a few other things this week before Saturday. I'll also be posting the pictures from the USF game which I totally forgot to do.