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Paw Prints – South Florida Bulls (1-4, 1-0) @ UConn Huskies (0-4, 0-0)

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South Florida Bulls @ UConn Huskies

The UConn Huskies will host the South Florida Bulls on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Rentchler Field in East Hartford, CT. It is Homecoming for UConn.

The Line:

According to DocsSports.com odds, UConn is favored by 4.5 points and the over/under is 41 points.

Tickets:

According to UConn Huskies ticket office, there are still tickets available to Saturday's game.

Getting To The Game:

Here is link for the weather report. Here is all the parking info you will need for the game, this link includes directions to Rentschler Field. Here is a Rentschler Field seating chart and here is some general information for Rentschler Field.

The parking lots will open up 4 hours before kickoff. Here is a list of the tailgating rules at the Rent.

At UConn home games, FanFest takes place starting four hours before kickoff up until 30 minutes before the game. It takes place between Gates A and B outside the stadium gates.

The offerings change each game, but activities typically include inflatable games for children, live bands, promotional vehicles and UConn student-athletes from various teams signing autographs.

The “Husky Walk” is a chance for fans to welcome the UConn team as they get off the team buses and head to the stadium. That takes place approximately two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff between Gates A and B.

Once again this season at the end of home games, the UConn team will sing the “UConn Husky” fight song in front of the student section at Rentschler Field.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television:

Saturday’s game will be televised as the American Athletic Conference Game of the Week through ESPN Regional Television. Eamon McAnaney will handle play-by-play duties and is joined by former NFL tight end Anthony Becht on color, while Brooke Weisbrod is on the sidelines.

The game will be seen in Connecticut and the metropolitan New York area on SNY and will also be seen in such markets as Chicago (WCIU), Philadelphia (WPVI), Dallas-Ft. Worth (KTXD), Washington, D.C. (MASN), Houston (KUBE), Tampa-St. Petersburg (WFTS), Orlando (WKCF), Cincinnati (WKRC), San Antonio (KCWX) and Louisville (WHAS).  You can check here to see if the game is broadcast in your area.

The game will also be available on Watch ESPN.

Radio:

The UConn IMG Sports Network is the home of Husky football on the radio. WTIC NewsTalk 1080 in Hartford serves as the flagship station and is the state’s only 50,000 watt signal and can be heard in 23 states and parts of Canada.

Veteran UConn announcers Joe D’Ambrosio (play-by-play) and Wayne Norman (color commentary) return to call the action with Kevin Nathan on the sidelines

UConn football on home Saturday dates, including this game vs. USF, gets going early with “Breakfast At The Rent” with Ray Dunaway and Scott Gray beginning at 6:00 a.m. For noon games, the UConn Tailgate Show will air from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the game and then postgame “Husky Talk” with Nathan.

The South Florida game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 135 and XM 191.

UConn football games are also broadcast over the internet at WTIC.com. Here is a full list of stations on the UConn IMG Radio Network.

The UConn IMG Sports Network airs the UConn Football Coach’s Show presented by Webster Bank throughout the fall on Monday evenings at the Wood-n-Tap in Vernon, Conn. Hosted by Joe D’Ambrosio, the show is heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network. Interim head coach T.J. Weist and other individuals associated with UConn football will participate in the hour-long show, reviewing previous games and looking forward to upcoming match-ups. The Wood-n-Tap in Vernon is located at 236 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon and fans are invited to attend to watch the show live in person. There will be ticket and prize giveaways every show.

The following is the schedule for the shows this season:  Oct. 14 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Oct. 21 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov. 4 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.; Nov. 11 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.18 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.25 – 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Dec. 2 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

South Florida Bulls Radio:

Voice of the Bulls Jim Louk and analyst Mark Robinson begin their 17th season of calling USF football action. The pair will be joined this season by Alex Perlman who will take over sideline reporting duties. USF Football can be heard live on flagship station 98.7 The Fan (WHFS-FM) and 1010-AM (WHFS) in the Tampa Bay area as well as on 10 affiliates across the state of Florida, including stations in Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando on the USF Radio Network.

All games will feature a pre game show starting two hours prior to kickoff on 98.7-FM The Fan (one-hour show on radio affiliates).  Jim Lighthall and Justin Pawlowski serve as co-hosts for the pre game and post game shows.

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Last Week:

UConn was off last week. They last played on September 28 when they were trounced by the Buffalo Bulls 41-12. South Florida beat Cincinnati 26-20 last week in their first American Athletic Conference game.

History:

Saturday’s game is the 11th meeting between UConn and South Florida and the series is tied 5-5 – with the home team winning every game except a UConn win at USF in 2010.

Connections:

The UConn roster has nine players from Florida on it – redshirt sophomore Tyree Clark (Tampa), redshirt freshman John Green (Miami), freshman Javon Hadley (Miami), redshirt freshman Ellis Marder (Windermere), redshirt junior Bryan Paull (Parkland), sophomore Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach), freshman Kyle Schafenacker (Cooper City), redshirt sophomore Brandon Steg (Coral Springs) and redshirt freshman Jhavon Wiliams (Wellington).

The USF roster, dominated by Florida players, has one Connecticut connection—sophomore WR and Central Connecticut transfer Jimel Atkins, who is a Jacksonville native.

The two head coaches, UConn’s T.J. Weist and USF’s Willie Taggart, were members of the same coaching staff at Western Kentucky from 2001-06. At various times while on staff together, Taggart was the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach while Weist handled the wide receivers and was the offensive coordinator for the Hilltoppers.

UConn Notes:

Here are is the video from head coach T.J. Weist's press conference. If you don't have time to watch, here are the quotes Weist's press conference as well quotes from some of the players.

Here is UConn's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is UConn's depth chart for the game.

T.J. Weist, a 25-year veteran of the coaching profession who most recently served as the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati, is the interim head coach at UConn for the rest of the 2013 season and making his head coach debut this week vs. USF. Weist was elevated to that position on Sept. 30 — four games into the 2013 season. Weist is in his first season at UConn and continues to serve as offensive coordinator and also has position responsibility with the wide receivers.

T.J. Weist is making his debut on Saturday as the Husky head coach on an interim basis. Paul Pasqualoni was the first UConn coach since Sumner Dole in 1923 to win his first game at UConn, when the Huskies topped Fordham by a 35-3 score on September 3, 2011.

The captains of the 2013 UConn Huskies football team are Steven Greene, Shamar Stephen and Yawin Smallwood.

The 2013 season marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Rentschler Field with many special events planned for the season to commemorate that.

The ticket for the USF game features Scott Lutrus against USF in 2007, UConn’s first win over a ranked opponent.
The ticket for the Michigan game featured D.J. Hernandez celebrating a successful two-point conversion in UConn’s double-overtime win over Pittsburgh in 2006. The ticket for the Maryland game featured Alfred Fincher and UConn’s 22-20 win over Duke in 2004, the second year of stadium play. The ticket for the Towson game featured quarterback Dan Orlovsky and the Opening Day Game, a 34-10 win over Indiana on Aug. 30, 2003.

The Huskies have sold out 30 of their first 65 dates at Rentschler Field. UConn has played to 96.4-pct. of capacity all-time there, drawing 2,506,962 fans, or an average of 38,568 per game.

UConn was picked to finish 7th in 2013 AAC Preseason Poll.

The match-up with USF marks UConn’s first ever American Athletic Conference league game.

UConn is 34-24 in games following a loss since Oct. 26, 2002. The Huskies lost their 2012 season finale vs. Cincinnati and the record includes games over two seasons with the losses to Towson, Maryland, Michigan and now Buffalo.

Tim Boyle becomes the first true freshman to start a game for UConn at quarterback since Shelton native Dan Orlovsky did on October 6, 2001 – a 19-0 win over Eastern Michigan.

Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:

  • 1. LSU 12
  • 2. FIU 10
  • 2. Ohio State 10
  • 4. UConn 9
  • 5. Florida 8
  • 5. Ole Miss 8
  • 5. Kansas State 8
  • 8. Louisiana Tech 7
  • 8. Oklahoma State 7
  • 10. UCF 6
  • 11. Auburn 5
  • 11. Southern Cal 5

The following is where UConn ranked in the NCAA national statistics:

  • Total Offense – 119th at 272.5 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 123rd at 45.8 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 70th at 226.8 yards per game (7th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 109th at 18.0 points per game (8th American)
  • Total Defense – 52nd at 378.3 yards per game (7th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 94th at 192.5 yards per game (10th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 63rd at 128.2 rating points
  • Scoring Defense – 97th at 32.6 points per game
  • Ind. Tackles – Yawin Smallwood, 2nd at 13.8 per game (1st American)

Yawin Smallwood Awards Watch Lists for 2013 season:

  • Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Bednarik Award
  • Butkus Award

Lyle McCombs Awards Watch Lists For 2013 season:

  • Doak Walker Award

South Florida Bulls vs UConn Huskies stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent South Florida:

Here is the video from South Florida head coach Willie Taggart's press conference.

Here is the South Florida Bulls 2013 roster and schedule.

Here is the South Florida depth chart for the game.

Willie Taggart is in his first season as the head coach at USF after serving as head coach at Western Kentucky from 2010-12. He led WKU to a 13-11 record, including 7-5 marks in the final two years and an appearance in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl. Taggart has an overall record of 14-15 as a collegiate head coach. He served as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky from 1999-2006, ending his tenure as assistant head coach and QB coach. He was the running backs coach at Stanford from 2007-2009 prior to being named the head coach at WKU. He is a 1998 WKU graduate and was the team’s starting quarterback from 1995-98 and is one of four players at WKU to have his jersey retired.

USF marketing video featuring an animated bus piloted by coach Willie Taggart and filled with luminaries from around the Tampa Bay area, including Rays manager Joe Madden, Dick Vitale, Jon Gruden, Doug Martin, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay mayor Bob Buckhorn, and USF president Dr. Judy Genshaft, went viral in August collecting more than 160,000 views and getting play on ESPN and websites across the nation. Taggart’s opening news conference metaphor “What we have to do is put everyone on the bus, put them in the right seat, and let Coach T drive this bus” served as the genesis of the video.

The USF captains are DeDe Lattimore, Matt Floyd and Marvin Kloss.

USF has posted a 35-47 (.426) record in true road games during the program’s 17-year history.

K Marvin Kloss was born and raised in Germany until the age of 8. His father, Thomas, was a professional soccer player there.

Wide receiver Derrick Hopkins goes by the nickname “Flea” and is a two-time Big East Conference 100-meter champion (2011 & 13). He was named Most Outstanding Performer of the 2011 Big East Indoor Championships after winning the 60 and 200 meters.

Guard Lawrence Martin was an all-state high school basketball player who played point-guard and led his team in assists and rebounds in three seasons. He can still dunk and plays regularly at the USF recreation center in the off-season.

Defensive end Julius Forte is a bit of a gourmet around the kitchen learning from his mother who owns a local catering business and teaches him new recipes, such as crab bisque, which he occasionally prepares for teammates.

Freshman fullback Auggie Sanchez experienced his first ever plane flight on the Bulls trip to play Michigan State in East Lansing.

Center Austin Reiter’s father, Richard, played on the offensive line at Cincinnati and was a teammate of current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Cornerback Brandon Salinas writes, records and performs his own gospel wrap songs and has his own youtube channel.

DeDe Lattimore- Senior LB

  • Butkus Award Watch List – Nation’s Best Linebacker
  • Bednarik Award Watch List – Defensive POY
  • Phil Steele’s Preseason All-AA C Second Team
  • Athlon Sport’s Preseason All-AA C Second Team

Aaron Lynch – Sophomore DL

  • Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List – Nation’s Top Lineman
  • Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List – Defensive POY
  • Sporting News Preseason All-AAC Team
  • Sports Illustrated Preseason All-AAC Team
  • Phil Steele’s Preseason All-AAC First Team
  • Sports Illustrated ‘Impact Transfer’

Austin Reiter – Senior C

  • Rimington Trophy Watch List – Nation’s Best Center

Sean Price – Sophomore TE

  • Sporting News Preseason All-AAC Team

Ryne Giddins – Senior DE

  • Phil Steele’s Preseason All-AAC First Team

Mark Joyce – Senior S

  • Phil Steele’s Preseason All-AAC Second Team

Thursday UConn Football Links:

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Visit from wounded warriors group offers a bit of perspective [jim fuller – new haven register]

The decay of the offensive line [john silver – snyuconn.com]

Know Your Foe: USF [uconn huskies youtube]

UConn's Hank Hughes Won't Give Up, Vows To Turn It Around [hartford courant]

Bulls Beat: USF-UConn rivalry has odd history [tampa tribune]

Next Week:

UConn goes back out on the road next Saturday as they'll head to the Queen City to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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