Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco on Importance of Walk-on players

Like every team in college football, the UConn football team finds itself with walk-on players who don’t get scholarships.

Scholarship or not, the walk-on players for any team are the unsung heroes. They might not get any playing time but they are out there grinding with their brothers at every practice just as hard if not harder.

They do it because they want to not because they can. And sometimes, they’ll be rewarded with a scholarship, something that is not uncommon in college sports these days.

The UConn football walk-ons are no exception. They play a vital role in the teams preparation. Some even see quality playing time at important positions.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn football coach Bob Diaco talks about the importance of walk-ons to the football program:

Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco on Ryan Crozier at Center

The UConn football team lost one of its most important starters on the offensive line in center Alex Mateas to graduation.

Mateas was backed up by Kyle Bockeloh for most of the 2014 season. But that’s not how things are looking right now during UConn football’s spring practice.

In the two practices we’ve been able to attend for UConn football, Ryan Crozier has gotten the bulk of snaps at center. And for now unless something changes, it looks like it’ll be that way for the foreseeable future.

Watch and/or listen below as UConn football coach Bob Diaco talks about the Crozier “experiment” at center as well as the importance of the younger guys on the offensive line:

Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco on JUCO QB Transfer Garrett Anderson

As we know, the UConn Football team has a quarterback competition going on right between Tim Boyle, Tyler Davis and Bryant Shirreffs.

But that hasn’t stopped from head coach Bob Diaco from bringing another QB to battle for the starting spot on the UConn football team as Garrett Anderson, a JUCO quarterback, committed to the Huskies two weeks ago.

While Anderson won’t get a shot in the spring, when he comes on campus in June and then in preseason camp, he will be given the chance to win the starting job on the UConn football team.

Watch and/or listen below as Diaco talks about what Anderson brings to the UConn football team:

Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco Talks About Senior Leadership

There’s one thing that the seniors on the UConn football team hasn’t done during their time in Storrs, CT. And that’s go to a bowl game.

They are hoping to change that and so far this spring according to head coach Bob Diaco, he is seeing the seniors step up and become leaders of this team.

Watch and/or listen below as Diaco talks about the leadership from the UConn football senior class.

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Video: UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco Talks About QB Competition

When Bob Diaco took over as the UConn football coach, there was a three-way competition for the starting quarterback spot between Chandler Whitmer, Casey Cochran and Tim Boyle.

With Whitmer exhausting his eligibility, Cochran retiring due to concussions, Boyle is the only incumbent left to battle for the starting spot. Bryant Shirreffs, a transfer who sat out last season and ran the scout team, and Tyler Davis, a freshman, are battling for the QB1 spot along with Boyle.

Diaco did say that he wants to have a starting quarterback named by the end of spring and according to his comments on Monday, it’s quite possible that there could be one by the end of the week.

Watch and/or listen below as Diaco talks about the competition at quarterback for the UConn football team:

Video: UConn Football’s Bob Diaco on Matt Walsh’s Transition To LB

When the UConn football roster came out for spring 2015 practice, one of the changes to it involved Matt Walsh moving from fullback to linebacker.

Walsh earned the job of starting linebacker for the 2013 season and at the start of the 2014 season. The special teams standout did lose his starting spot to Jazzmar Clax during last season.

So when he was approached by the defensive staff to move to linebacker, Walsh jumped at the opportunity to play there just like his days at Hand High School in Madison, CT.

After UConn football’s fifth spring practice of 2015, head coach Bob Diaco talked about how Walsh’s transition was going.

Video: UConn Women Like To Share The Rock

When you watch the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, you’ll notice that they seem to pass the ball more than other teams. One could say they are a very unselfish team.

Take a look at the stats:
Moriah Jefferson – 164 assists
Breanna Stewart – 107 assists
Kia Nurse – 106 assists
Morgan Tuck – 96 assists
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis – 89 assists

Jefferson’s 164 assists puts her at 47th in the country. As a team they have 740 assists on 1,197 made baskets (61.8%). That also averages out to 21.8 per game which is tops in the country.

Because of this, many opponents have a tough time stopping the Huskies because they just have too many weapons. Stop one, another one will get ya.

So when the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and UConn take the court on Monday night at 9 p.m., look for C. Vivian Stringer to play a man-to-man defense to try and stop the Huskies passing and scoring attacks.

Watch below as UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and Stringer talk about UConn’s passing abilities.

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