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Jasper Howard’s Death: Two years later

Photo by Colin McDonough. The mural in the Burton Family Football Complex.

By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor

Today is the second anniversary of the death of UConn cornerback Jasper Howard. Howard was killed in a fight outside a school-sanctioned dance at the Student Union on Oct. 18, 2009. This came hours after the Huskies’ 38-25 win over Louisville on Homecoming Weekend. Howard had 11 tackles, a forced fumble, which he recovered, in the win. His famous words to the media on Oct. 17, 2009, “You gotta play every play like its the last play you’re ever gonna play,” will not be forgotten by the UConn football team or many students and fans at the university. Howard has a memorial in the Burton Family Football Complex.


UConn- Western Michigan at the half

It's Military Appreciation Day at the Rent

By Matt McDonough, Sports Editor

EAST HARTFORD– The UConn Huskies trail the Western Michigan Broncos 17-7 at halftime in East Hartford. After an anemic first half for both offenses, Western Michigan broke the scoreless tie as Alex Carder found Jordan White at the 11:15 mark in the second quarter, connecting on a 25-yard touchdown pass.

The UConn football team's dramatic entrance at Rentschler Field didn't lead to any points in the first quarter.

Carder found Dallas Walker five minutes later. Walker’s seven-yard touchdown reception gave the Broncos a 14-0 lead. Johnny McEntee led the Huskies’ on its first scoring drive, hitting Kashif Moore in the back of the end zone on third down to cut the deficit to seven. Western Michigan would counter, however, with a scoring drive of their own. John Potter kicked a 39-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining in the half.

The stadium started to fill up by the end of the first quarter.

Lyle McCombs was a bright spot on a cloudy day, rushing for 105 yards in the first half including a 65-yard run in the second quarter that set up the Huskies’ only score. I’m not sure if coach Paul Pasqualoni gave the team an inspired halftime speech, but for those who need a little inspiration before cheering on the Huskies in the second half, look no further than UConn’s introduction video.

Check for the full stories on the game and as always pick up the newspaper on campus.

UConn versus Iowa State

By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor

EAST HARTFORD- The UConn football team (1-1) is up on Iowa State 10-7 at halftime. The quarterback shuffle has continued for the Huskies with Johnny McEntee starting the game, and Scott McCummings and Michael Nebrich also seeing time.

McEntee is 3 for 7 with 44 yards and 1 interception. Nebrich came in at the end of the first quarter and has thrown three passes, completing one for four yards.

McCummings gave UConn a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run, the first of his career. Dave Teggart made a 52-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter to make the score 10-0, but Teggart has also missed two kicks, from 41 and 43 yards. James White cut the deficit to 10-7 on a 26-yard touchdown run with 11:03 remaining in the second quarter.

The Huskies have forced three turnovers off the Cyclones, picking off Steele Jantz three times. Dwayne Gratz, Byron Jones and Jory Johnson have recorded interceptions.

Dobbs commits to UConn

Ansonia High’s Montrell Dobbs has orally committed to Paul Pasqualoni and the UConn football team. Dobbs was named the Register State Player of the Year by the New Haven Register this past fall. Dobbs will attend Milford Academy this fall and will enroll at UConn in January as a member of the 2012 recruiting class. Sports Editor Matt McDonough featured Dobbs in a column in February.

Dwayne Difton leaving UConn

By Colin McDonough, Associate Sports Editor

The most highly touted recruit in UConn football history is leaving Storrs after just two seasons.

Dwayne Difton, a receiver that came to UConn from St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, is transferring from the university, according to the Hartford Courant. Difton could not be reached for comment.

Difton came to UConn with some of the highest expectations of any player in program history, but only finished his two years as a Husky with 22 receptions for 195 yards and no touchdowns. He bounced in and out of the starting line up last season during UConn’s Big East championship run and Fiesta Bowl appearance.

We will keep you posted if Difton is available for comment.

Meet Daron Bryden

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

UConn’s become something like a trick shot capital of the college world. First you had Caroline Doty releasing her video, then Johnny McEntee taking the web by storm in his. Shortly in their wake were the copycats, like the Division III quarterback who tries to match Johnny throw-for-throw, and even the Washington State long snapper who is trying to get himself a job in the NFL.

None of them, however, can match what this little guy pulls off in his video, which is make an impressive set of throws despite being only eight years old!

This is Daron Bryden, and according to this video, he is only eight years old and is one of the best youth quarterbacks in the nation. Also according to his father, who tweeted this video to us yesterday, Daron wants to be the quarterback for UConn in the future. I have to admit, I don’t know many eight year olds who can pull these throws off, and I know for a fact that I couldn’t have when I was eight (though I might be able to pull one or two off today… if you gave me a couple of hours.)

Keep up the hard work Daron, if you stay at it then hopefully my successors 10 years from now will be writing about you and the UConn football team. If nothing else, this is a good video to keep in your back pocket, I guarantee it’ll make your future birthday/graduation/whatever parties a lot more exciting.

Fiesta Bowl Financial Documents

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

For those of you who are interested, here is the expense document we received and used in our report.


Sent via email from Mike Enright, UConn associate athletic director for communications.

2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Financial Report

BIG EAST Distribution and Travel Reimbursement $2,523,200
Ticket Sales and Donor Reception $676,248
TOTAL $3,199,448

Tickets Required To Purchase (Not Including Band) $3,349,835
Travel and Lodging For Football Team Operations $713,517
Marketing/Printing/Advertising $57,004
Donor Reception $77,500
Practice and Equipment Expenses $61,950
Other Expenses $51,097
Mandatory Pre-Bowl Site Visit $4,472
TOTAL $4,315,425


Air Travel, Lodging, Meals, Facility Rental, Ground Transportation, Game Tickets
Travel of Band and Cheerleaders Is Mandatory Per BCS/Fiesta Bowl Policy


Obtained via FOIA request on Wednesday.

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UConn Men’s Basketball

West Region - No. 3 Seed, 30-9 (9-9)

Last Game: 65-63 W vs. (5) Arizona (March 26)

Next Game: vs. (4) Kentucky (April 2, 8:49 p.m., Reliant Stadium, Houston.)

1 - Enosch Wolf
2 - Donnell Beverly
3 - Jeremy Lamb
4 - Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
5 - Niels Giffey
10 - Tyler Olander
13 - Shabazz Napier
15 - Kemba Walker
21 - Kyle Bailey
22 - Roscoe Smith
23 - Benjamin Stewart
25 - Michael Bradley
34 - Alex Oriakhi
35 - Charles Okwandu

UConn Women’s Basketball

Philadelphia Region No. 1 Seed, 36-1 (16-0)

Last Game: 75-40 W vs. (2) Duke (March 29)

Next Game: vs. (2) Notre Dame (April 3, 9 p.m., Canseco Field House, Indianapolis, Ind.)

3 - Tiffany Hayes
5 - Caroline Doty
12 - Lauren Engeln
14 - Bria Hartley
23 - Maya Moore
25 - Michala Johnson
30 - Lorin Dixon
31 - Stefanie Dolson
32 - Heather Buck
34 - Kelly Faris

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