Monthly Archives: February 2010

Dixon, Easley and Witten Set to Participate in 2010 NFL Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine begins this weekend and will run till March 2. The combine, which is basically a “career fair” for prospective NFL players, features the top college football players in the nation, who perform a variety of workouts infront of NFL scouts, coaches, and general managers.

The UConn Huskies have three members of their 2009-2010 football team in Indianapolis this week for the event. Running back Andre Dixon, receiver Marcus Easley, and defensive end Lindsey Witten. All three have been working out in preparation for the event. The combine can really improve a player’s draft stock, which would ultimately increase the amount of money the player makes in his first contract.


Andre Dixon has been working out at the Athletic Edge Training Center, in Bradenton, Fla. Dixon, who is coming off a season where we rushed for more than 1000 yards, is excited about the opportunity that awaits him in Indianapolis, and he knows what it could mean for his future. He spoke with Hartford Courant writer Desmond Conner, and had this to say:

“Whatever my outcome is going to be is going to be my outcome. Know what I’m saying? I’m not holding back anything. I’m giving everything I have. Even if I don’t like the way I did a rep I do it over just so I can be satisfied. I just don’t want it to be a situation down the road I look back and ask myself did I give it my all so I’ve been busting my hump.”

Marcus Easley, who came out of nowhere to have an unbelievable senior season, is also excited about his opportunity. Easley knows he has more to prove then the other two Huskies due to the fact he wasn’t even a scholarship player heading into last season, but worked hard enough on the field to give himself a shot at being a NFL player.

“I’m ready to get out there and kill it to be honest with you,” Easley said. “These past couple months, working out twice a day. It’s been hard and I’ve been working hard but I’m ready to get down there and show what I can do.”

One area scouts are interested in seeing how well Easley does, is with his speed. Speed at the combine is measured in a 40 yard dash. When asked by the Courant’s Conner, what his times have been like during his training, Easley responded,”4.3 second forty.”(Which if you didn’t know, is unbelievably fast)

“If I can run (a 4.3 forty-yard dash) at the Combine, in front of the right folks? Then it becomes official.”

Lindsey Witten has been working out in his hometown of Cleveland at the Euclid Sport Plant. The defensive end, is coming off a senior season where he finished in the top-10 in the nation in sacks. Witten knows he has work to do if he wants to be an NFL player, and it continues at the Combine.

“It’s time to go to the combine and work hard and my main goal is to give great effort in every drill,” Witten said.

It’s a great opportunity for these three young men, and they hope to continue the tradition of good performances at the Combine by UConn players, which was started last year by the likes of Donald Brown, Darius Butler, Cody Brown, and William Beatty.

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Three in A Row: UConn Takes Down #7 West Virginia

The UConn Huskies out-fought the West Virginia Mountaineers Monday night, in a Big East fist fight. In a very physical contest, UConn used the play of Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, and Stanley Robinson, to secure their third straight victory.

Coming off his first ever Big East Player of the Week Award, for his play last week, Walker led the Huskies with 21 points as he went 14-17 from the free-throw line. His massive one-handed dunk with less than a minute to go, put the seal on the win and made the XL Center go crazy.

UConn is now 17-11 on the season and 7-8 in the Big East. They have three games remaining, Sunday vs Louisville, then they close the season with two away games at Notre Dame and South Florida.

The NCAA Tournament hopes are alive for the Huskies, as the win over West Virginia is their third over a top-10 team this season(Texas and Villanova). If the Huskies can win on Sunday, which is the home finale and Senior Day, then they will put themselves on the right side of the “bubble”.

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UConn Puts Tourney Hopes On the Line Against West Virginia

The UConn Huskies will put their two game winning streak on the line tonight, when they take on the 7th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers at the XL Center. Both the Huskies and Mountaineers are looking for an important win. With four games to go in the season, the Huskies have no room for error if they want to make the NCAA Tournament. A win against tonight would be their third victory over a top-10 team this season(#1 Texas, #3 Villanova).

UConn knows the importance of game. “ESPN game, home game,” UConn point guard Kemba Walker said. “We have to come out with a lot of effort. I’m sure they’re going to come out playing real hard and we have to match their intensity.”

Head Coach Jim Calhoun hopes his Huskies can build off the momentum they created in the last week with solid road wins over Villanova and Rutgers. “The team has found a little bit of a blueprint that works,” Calhoun said. “So let’s see if we can do it again. That’s the big thing, trying to use it again.”

The game is at 7pm tonight, and will televised nationally on ESPN.

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UConn Students on UConn’s Tourney Hopes: ESPNU Campus Connection Video

After an upset victory over Villanova ESPNU Campus Connection Reporter Marcus Lynam wanted to find out how UConn student’s felt about the Husky’s Big dance Chances.

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Finally A Big Win: UConn 84, No.3 Villanova 75

“Don’t give up, Don’t ever give up.” The famous quote by Jimmy Valvano rang through the Wachovia Center tonight, as the UConn Huskies finally put together a full 40 minutes of basketball, and were finally able to finish a game. Led by Kemba Walker, who finished with a career high 29 points, the Huskies were able to knock off the third ranked Villanova Wildcats.

Just two days after what Jim Calhoun called an “embarrassing” loss to Cincinnati, the Huskies put a little life back into its season. The Huskies earned their first road victory of the season, and improved to 2-5 against ranked opponents.

Jerome Dyson finished with 15 points and 6 assists, while Stanley Robinson added 10 points and 7 rebounds. However, Walker was the star. The sophomore point guard added 9 rebounds and hit 14 of 16 free throws, including 6 in the last-minute of the game to seal the victory. Walker, whose had his ups and downs this season, played “the best game of his career,” said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas.

“I told them let’s start from the jump. That’s what we did,” said Walker. “We put together a 40-minute game. Probably the first one of the season, to tell you the truth. It was great.”

UConn’s record improved to 15-11 on the season and 5-8 in the Big East. The Huskies travel to Rutgers on Saturday, before hosting #8 West Virginia next Monday at the XL Center.

Let’s hope the Huskies can build off this win, and keep the momentum going. They have five games left in the regular season, and if they can run the table they can put themselves in position to make the NCAA Tournament, which is a goal that looked lost after the embarrassing loss to Cincy, but is now back within reach.

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A Look At UConn’s New Uniforms

On Wednesday, the UConn Huskies introduced their new uniforms. The new, slick design by NIKE is a dri-fit performance uniform. The video below explains the uniform from the designers themselves.

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Jim Calhoun Returns

From a press release from the University of Connecticut:

February 11, 2010 (Storrs, Conn.)– University of Connecticut Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun has returned to his position following a medical leave of absence.

Coach Calhoun returned to the office this morning and has assumed his complete coaching responsibilities with no restrictions.

“I am excited to return to the team and my coaching staff,” said Calhoun. “I appreciate the hard work by the staff and team in my absence and am looking forward to being back on the court for practice this afternoon and moving forward. I am especially thankful to people for their support during the past three weeks, but also for the respect and privacy that everyone has provided me during this time. Dr. Schulman, my primary care physician, and I both felt that the time away was important for my personal and professional well-being and that I am ready to move ahead from this point at full speed.”

Coach Calhoun went on a temporary medical leave on January 19. He missed seven games during that time, during which the Huskies went 3-4.
The Huskies host Cincinnati on Saturday.

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UConn Football’s 2010 Schedule Announced

The UConn Huskies released their schedule for the 2010 season. The schedule is highlighed by six home games, as well as a season opening trip to Michigan for a Saturday, Sept. 4 contest. The game will be played at historic Michigan Stadium and will be the first in the newly renovated facility.

The Huskies will play host to Texas Southern, Buffalo, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. The Vanderbilt game will be the Homecoming game.

The 2010 UConn football schedule currently has four national television appearances on it with broadcast plans for the other eight games to be announced at a later date.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming 2010 season,” said Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. “Our home schedule at Rentschler Field features a great mix of exciting matchups. The number of national television appearances is a testament to the continued growth of our program and the quality of our football student-athletes. In addition, the season opener at Michigan will provide our supporters with another opportunity to see the Huskies play in one of the nation’s storied football settings. We encourage our loyal fans to order their season ticket now and help us maintain our great home field advantage at Rentschler Field.”

2010 UConn Football Schedule
Day Date         Opponent                        TV        Time
Sat. Sept.4      at Michigan                  TBA        TBA
Sat. Sept.11 TEXAS SOUTHERN       TBA       TBA
Sat. Sept.18   at Temple                       TBA       TBA
Sat. Sept.25   BUFFALO                       TBA       TBA
Sat. Oct.2   VANDERBILT(HC)          TBA       TBA
Fri. Oct.8       at Rutgers*                  ESPN       7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct.23    at Louisville*                TBA        TBA
Fri. Oct.29    WEST VIRGINIA*     ESPN2    8:00 p.m.
Thur. Nov.11 PITTSBURGH*          ESPN      7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov.20   at Syracuse*                TBA         TBA
Sat. Nov.27   CINCINNATI*            TBA         TBA
Sat. Dec.4       at USF*     ABC,ESPN or ESPN2     TBA

Home Games In CAPS * – BIG EAST Conference game HC – Homecoming

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UConn Student Section…Don’t Be Like West Virginia

It’s always been known that West Virginia fans get a bad rap for being poor fans, especially the students. Well, as this ESPN article explains, it may have gone to far.

                                                                        

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What Will Happen Will Jim Calhoun Returns? Palestra.net Video

When UConn takes on Louisville tonight, Jim Calhoun will be missing from the side line for the fifth straight game. Earlier this week, I sat down with Ryan Grace of UCTV, to discuss what Calhoun’s return will do for the team.

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