Well, Day 2 of UConn football practice is officially in the books and if this workout was any indication of what to expect for 2013, the intensity level appears to have been seriously cranked up. On Monday morning (6 a.m., ugh!) the media got a quick half hour looks at the Huskies – who basically just stretched – until it was time for the media to exit stage left until practice ended around 8:30 a.m., so Tuesday was the first time we got to see the entire workout and suffice to say, guys were flying around out there, especially offensive coordinator T.J. Weist, who was buzzing all over the place. One time when Geremy Davis made a diving catch at the sidelines about 20 yards downfield, Weist sprinted all the way down to where Davis was just to high five him.
Safety Jordan Floyd, wearing No. 29 instead of his previous No. 39, intercepted two passes against the offense, returning one for a touchdown and safety Wilbert Lee and cornerback Tyree Clark also picked off passes. Which didn’t sit too well with head coach Paul Pasqualoni.
“Yesterday (Monday), we had one (pick) and today (Tuesday) we had three or four today. Well, until we get a firm handle … it’s only the second day. We’ve got to do a better job taking care of the ball.” Pasqualoni said. “We can’t throw that number of interceptions. Turnovers were our biggest problem last year. And last season, when we didn’t turn the ball over, we won and when we did turn it over, we lost. That was kind of the way our season went, regardless of who we played. We’ve got to get better at it.”
Turnovers killed the Huskies last season and cutting down on that minus-12 ratio will be a focal point of the spring.
As for Weist, who was running circles around the rest of the coaching staff Tuesday, Pasqualoni was pleased with his new OC’s energy.
“T.J. brings a lot (of energy) to the practice field,” Pasqualonmi said. ”We’ve got coaches on both sides of the ball that are high energy guys and that’s important in this game, really important. You come out here and there is a lot of passion for what they do and I think you can see that.”
One position note: Pasqualoni has moved safety Byron Jones to cornerback and seems satisfield with Jones’ progress after the initial two days.
“Byron so far, there’s evidence that there’s a ‘feel’ for the position, there’s some evidence there,” Pasqualoni said. “He’s made some smart plays. After two days I’d say I was encouraged.”
The Huskies will practice on Thursday before completing finals and heading home (or to wherever) for spring break. The next open media practice will be Tuesday, March 26. UConn’s Pro Day will be March 27 at the Shenkman Training Center.