UConn Final Four Bound – Campus Reaction: ESPNU Campus Connection Video

UConn is heading to the Final Four, for the fourth time in school history. The Storrs campus is full of excitement. Marcus Lynam has more from Storrs.

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Freshman Playing Pivotal Role for UConn: ESPNU Video

UConn is relying heavily on a group of freshman this season. Jeremy Lamb, Roscoe Smith, and Shabazz Napier are all becoming vital players for the Huskies. Marcus Lynam has more from Storrs.

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ESPNU Video: Student Reaction to UConn’s BCS Birth

UConn secured the school’s first ever BCS bowl bid with a win over South Florida on Saturday in Tampa. The Huskies will face Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Marcus Lynam on the campus reaction.

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UConn Lights Up the Big East Postseason Awards Scoreboard

UConn won a share of the Big East Conference and will head out to Arizona to take on Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, but the Huskies continue to get good news this week.

It was announced on Wednesday that running back Jordan Todman was unanimously chosen as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the second Connecticut running back in the last three years to earn the conference’s top offensive honor. Todman joins 2008 winner Donald Brown as the only Connecticut players to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Todman finished the regular season ranked second nationally in rushing, averaging 143.1 yards per game. He ran for 1,574 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the BIG EAST in both categories, and went for at least 100 yards nine times in 11 games.

Todman was not the only Husky to earn top honors however. Head coach Randy Edsall was voted Big East Coach of the Year, along with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong. Edsall and Strong tied in the voting for BIG EAST Coach of the Year, marking the first tie since the award was first presented in 1991. Both coaches are first-time winners of the award. Edsall rallied the troops after a 3-4 start, and the Huskies finished the regular season on a 5 game winning streak. He has UConn heading to a bowl game for the fourth straight season.

Other Huskies were also honored by the Big East on the postseason all conference teams. UConn had a total of eight players on the first and second All-Big East Teams. UConn players who made the First Team were Offensive lineman Zach Hurd and Mike Ryan, Running Back Jordan Todman, Kicker Dave Teggart, Defensive Lineman Kendall Reyes, and Linebacker Lawrence Wilson. Offensive lineman Moe Petrus and Return Specialist Nick Williams made the Second Team.

Here is the complete list of Big East Postseason Awards:

2010 BIG EAST CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS


BIG EAST CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut (Jr., North Dartmouth, Mass.) *
BIG EAST CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh (Sr., Hollywood Hills, Fla.)
BIG EAST CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lindsey Lamar, WR, USF (So., Tampa, Fla.)
BIG EAST CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville (RFr., Jonesboro, Ga.)
BIG EAST CONFERENCE COACHES OF THE YEAR
Randy Edsall, Connecticut
Charlie Strong, Louisville
ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos.
Player
School
Cl.
Ht.
Wt.
Hometown/High School
WR
Armon Binns
Cincinnati
Sr.
6-3
210
Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena
WR
Jon Baldwin
Pittsburgh
Jr.
6-5
230
Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa
OT
Mike Ryan
Connecticut
Jr.
6-5
332
Tamaqua, Pa./Marian Catholic
OT
Jason Pinkston
Pittsburgh
Sr.
6-4
305
Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin
OG
Zach Hurd *
Connecticut
Sr.
6-7
323
Waterford, Conn./Waterford
OG
Mark Wetterer *
Louisville
Sr.
6-5
306
Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson
C
Sampson Genus
USF
Sr.
6-1
314
Lake City, Fla./Columbia
TE
Cameron Graham
Louisville
Sr.
6-4
242
Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
QB
Zach Collaros *
Cincinnati
Jr.
6-0
216
Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville
RB
Jordan Todman *
Connecticut
Jr.
5-9
190
North Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth
RB
Bilal Powell
Louisville
Sr.
6-0
204
Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson
K
Dave Teggart
Connecticut
Jr.
6-0
209
Northborough, Mass./Algonqun
RS
Lindsey Lamar
USF
So.
5-9
160
Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
DEFENSE
Pos.
Player
School
Cl.
Ht.
Wt.
Hometown/High School
DL
Kendall Reyes
Connecticut
Jr.
6-4
287
Nashua, N.H./Nashua North
DL
Jabaal Sheard *
Pittsburgh
Sr.
6-4
260
Hollywood Hills, Fla./Hollywood Hills
DL
Terrell McClain
USF
Sr.
6-3
302
Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola
DL
Chris Neild
West Virginia
Sr.
6-2
301
Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg
LB
Lawrence Wilson
Connecticut
Sr.
6-1
217
Tuscaloosa, Ala./Paul W. Bryant
LB
Doug Hogue
Syracuse
Sr.
6-2
226
Yonkers, N.Y./Roosevelt
LB
J.T. Thomas
West Virginia
Sr.
6-2
225
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Ely
CB
Johnny Patrick
Louisville
Sr.
6-0
186
Deland, Fla./Deland
CB
Keith Tandy
West Virginia
Jr.
5-10
198
Hopkinsville, Ky./Christian County
S
Dom DeCicco
Pittsburgh
Sr.
6-4
230
Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson
S
Robert Sands
West Virginia
Jr.
6-5
221
Carol City, Fla./Miami-Carol City
P
Dan Hutchins
Pittsburgh
Sr.
5-11
195
Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Township
* unanimous selection
ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos.
Player
School
Cl.
Ht.
Wt.
Hometown/High School
WR
D.J. Woods
Cincinnati
Jr.
6-0
172
Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville
WR
Dontavia Bogan
USF
Sr.
6-1
188
Thomasville, Ga./Central County
WR
Tavon Austin
West Virginia
So.
5-9
173
Baltimore, Md./Dunbar
WR
Jock Sanders
West Virginia
Sr.
5-7
179
St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic
OT
Justin Pugh
Syracuse
So.
6-5
287
Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
OT
Don Barclay
West Virginia
Jr.
6-4
304
Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
OL
Jason Kelce
Cincinnati
Sr.
6-4
283
Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
OL
Byron Stingily
Louisville
Sr.
6-5
300
Country Club Hills, Ill./Joliet CC
OL
Jacob Sims
USF
Sr.
6-5
290
Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park
C
Moe Petrus
Connecticut
Jr.
6-2
292
St. Laurent, Que./Vanier Prep
TE
Ben Guidugli
Cincinnati
Sr.
6-1
240
Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands
QB
Geno Smith
West Virginia
So.
6-3
210
Miami, Fla./Miramar
RB
Isaiah Pead
Cincinnati
Jr.
5-11
194
Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy
RB
Delone Carter
Syracuse
Sr.
5-10
215
Copley, Ohio/Copley Senior
K
Ross Krautman
Syracuse
Fr.
5-7
154
Franklin Lakes, N.J./Ramapo
RS
Nick Williams
Connecticut
So.
5-9
182
East Windsor, N.J./The Hun School
DEFENSE
Pos.
Player
School
Cl.
Ht.
Wt.
Hometown/High School
DL
Brandon Lindsey
Pittsburgh
Jr.
6-2
250
Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa
DL
Chandler Jones
Syracuse
Jr.
6-5
251
Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott
DL
Scooter Berry
West Virginia
Sr.
6-1
287
North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon
DL
Bruce Irvin
West Virginia
Jr.
6-3
235
Walnut, Calif./Mt. San Antonio CC
LB
JK Schaffer
Cincinnati
Jr.
6-1
228
Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle
LB
Jacquain Williams
USF
Sr.
6-3
216
Tampa, Fla./Riverview
LB
Derrell Smith
Syracuse
Sr.
6-1
232
New Castle, Del./Paul Hodgson
CB
Mistral Raymond
USF
Sr.
6-2
192
Palmetto, Fla./Palmetto
CB
Brandon Hogan
West Virginia
Sr.
5-10
189
Manassas, Va./Osbourn
S
Hakeem Smith
Louisville
RFr.
6-1
174
Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale
S
Jared Holley
Pittsburgh
So.
5-10
180
Easton, Pa./Easton Area
S
Joe Lefeged
Rutgers
Sr.
6-1
205
Germantown, Md./Northwest
P
Rob Long
Syracuse
Sr.
6-3
190
Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West

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UConn Heading to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

The UConn Huskies will be heading to Glendale, Arizona to take on the Big-12 Champion Oklahoma Sooners. This will be the Huskies first ever trip to a BCS Bowl game, and will be the first match-up between UConn and college football powerhouse Oklahoma.

UConn finished the regular season with a bang, as a Dave Teggart 52-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the game, gave the Huskies a 19-16 win over South Florida on Saturday night. UConn made their first appearance in the rankings this season, as they sit at Number 25 in this week’s AP Poll. The Huskies end the regular season with a 8-4 (5-2 in the Big East) record. Randy Edsall’s team has rolled off five straight wins and won the Big East due to head-to-head wins over Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

Courtesy of the Hartford Courant

Oklahoma (11-2, 6-2 Big 12), who is ranked #7 in the final BCS rankings, won its seventh Big 12 title on Saturday night (more than twice as many as any other school in Big-12 history). Led by head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners use a great defense and a high-flying offense, led by quarterback Landry Jones, to over power opponents.

Randy Edsall knows how special this game is for the entire UConn community: “Remarkable of what’s taken place. Memorial Stadium is a reminder of where we were and where we’ve come from. We’re extremely excited happy and proud to be playing in Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1: A tribute to these young men, but it will be a tremendous challenge.”

Courtesy of the Hartford Courant

The game will kickoff at 8:30pm ET on January 1st on ESPN. For tickets and travel information visit UConnBowl.com

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Four Downs with Marcus Lynam: UConn One Win Away From BCS

UConn Football is one win away from winning the Big East Championship and heading to its first ever BCS Bowl Game. Marcus Lynam and Ryan Grace break down the Huskies chances.

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3-Point Shot with Marcus Lynam: Breaking Down Maui

UConn was very impressive over Thanksgiving break out in Maui. Marcus Lynam and Ryan Grace discuss three topics concerning the now 7th ranked Huskies.

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UConn News and Notes: Novemeber 29, 2010

Football:

- UConn extended their winning streak to 4 games on Saturday, when they defeated defending Big East Champ Cincinnati 38-17. They improve to 7-4 (4-2 in the Big East) on the year. The win also puts them one win away from heading to the program’s first ever BCS bowl (most likely the Fiesta Bowl out in Arizona). UConn heads down to Tampa to take on South Florida this Saturday to finish up the regular season. USF is coming off an impressive win at Miami, and would love nothing more than to ruin UConn’s BCS dreams. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 8pm.


– Jordan Todman had another great game on Saturday, as he rushed for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 carries. Todman has gone over 100 yards rushing in every game this season except one (@ Louisville). For his efforts Todman was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week. “Our coaches do a heck of a job, and me, I just pretty much do what they say,” Todman said after Saturday’s game. “I’ve got the talent and the ability and that helps, but they do the studying, they do all the work and they put us in a situation, a position to make plays and be successful.”

- UConn picked up two more commitments this weekend for their 2011 recruiting class. Deshon Foxx, a running back from Lynchburg, Virginia and offensive lineman Dalton Gifford of North Bridgton, Maine both committed to play for the Huskies next season.

- In Big East news, the conference announced on Monday that Texas Christian University (TCU) will join the Big East Conference in all sports starting in 2012. This is a major development in the realm of college football. TCU is currently ranked number three in the nation. TCU will bring the Big East big time television money because the Dallas/Fort-Worth television market (which is currently the 5th largest in the nation) will now be in play. This will give the Big East nine football-playing members and 17 basketball playing members. Most likely another football-playing school will be added, and there is a possibility of the Big East getting rid of a few basketball-only schools.

 

 

Basketball:

-In the latest College Basketball rankings, UConn sits at #7 in the AP poll. UConn has been unranked all year until now, but after winning the Maui Invitational last week, voters thoughts on the Huskies have changed. The only bigger jump by an unranked school since the poll went to 25 teams was by Kansas. It went to No. 4 after winning the 1989 Preseason NIT. The Maui Invitational Championship included three wins for UConn, over Missouri-Valley conference favorite Wichita State, second ranked Michigan State, and finally ninth ranked Kentucky. UConn was led by junior guard Kemba Walker, who is averaging 30 points per game this season, the best in college basketball.

- UConn is ranked number 9 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Poll.

- UConn returns to the court tomorrow night when they take on New Hampshire at 7:30pm at Gampel Pavilion.

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Thank You West Virgina…

UConn is very thankful for Bill Stewart and his West Virgina Mountaineers. West Virginia beat Pittsburgh this afternoon 35-10 at Heinz Field, which means Pitt, West Virginia, and UConn are all currently tied for first place in the Big East. UConn holds the tie-breakers over both teams due to their head-to-head wins. All the Huskies have to do is take care of business against Cincinnati on Saturday at the Rent, and down in Tampa on December 4th against South Florida, and the Huskies will win the Big East and head to their first ever BCS Bowl (most likely in Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl).

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What a Week in Maui: The Kemba Walker Show

courtesy of the Hartford Courant


Going into this season not to many people outside of Storrs, Conn. thought the UConn Huskies were going to be a good basketball team. Frankly, not to many people outside Jim Calhoun, his assistants, and the players, may have thought this team had potential. Oh how things can change in three short days.

Heading out to Maui for the EA Sports Maui Invitational, the Huskies had the opportunity to prove themselves on a national stage against a crop of very good teams; and boy did they ever. Behind an absolute mind-blowing performance from junior guard Kemba Walker, the Fightin’ Jim Calhouns proved to everyone that UConn is still an elite basketball program.

“We wanted to show the world we’re still UConn and that Coach Calhoun can still coach a team,” said Walker, the tournament’s MVP after scoring 90 points in three games.

After a tough opening round game against a pretty good Wichita State team, and a heavyweight fight in the semifinals against second ranked Michigan State, UConn finished up their week in paradise with a shellacking of ninth ranked Kentucky and their head coach John Calipari (Personally, and I feel I speak for most UConn fans when I say, there is no one else in college basketball I love beating more than Calipari).

Calhoun couldn’t have been more proud of his young team: “I fell in love with this team,” Calhoun said. “I know the effort is legitimate and as coaches that’s what you want all the time.”

courtesy of the Hartford Courant

Walker made quite a name for himself as well. He played on an entirely different level than the rest of the field all week. Whenever UConn needed a basket, Kemba was there. UConn knew who was going to take the big shots, the fans knew it, and even the other teams knew it…yet they couldn’t stop him. His performance has bolted him into Player of the Year consideration (granted it’s still November), and has seen his draft stock explode upwards. One NBA scout told ESPN.com, “I’m not sure he’s going to be a star [in the NBA], but I just love how he played here and how hard he’s worked on his game. If he keeps this up all season, he’s a top-10 pick.”

While Walker was the star of the tournament, he did receive help from his supporting cast. Alex Oriakhi seems to finally be living up to his potential as he averaged 15 points and 11.67 rebounds in the tournament’s three games. Other players who seemed to really step up during the tournament, include Shabazz Napier, Roscoe Smith, and Niels Giffey, all of whom are freshman. They played like experienced players, and seemed to make the right decisions in key moments. Their hustle and energy really sparked the Huskies.

UConn will now enjoy a nice flight back to campus, and then it’s time to get back to work as the team takes on New Hampshire next Tuesday night (November 30th).

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