At this point, it sounds like a broken record.
It’s been a tough season for the UConn football team – rebuilding a program is not easy, and playing SMU Saturday won’t be easy either.
Erik Dobratz caught up with Head Coach Randy Edsall earlier this week. Despite all the losses, he sees the team making strides and showing some fight, even on the practice field.
“They’re starting to get it. Today was the first day you saw them taking a little bit more ownership, and those are the young guys. Those are the guys who are teaching how to do it. When you come in, people don’t know your way and what it takes to be successful. You see the progression he’s making. Not only in there, but in school and everything. That takes time.”
When you’re going through a tough stretch, it’s hard for you, for your players, hard for your assisting coach, but even watching today with your assistant coach having that bounce in their step and seem to be getting after it, it’s has to make you proud to observe that.
“Well, we know what we’re doing. We’re building a program, and it doesn’t happen over night. As the coaches, we know what we have to do.”
When you’re building things, sometimes you have to make tough decisions. Today you announced Kevon Jones (LB) and Marvin Washington (QB) will no longer be playing the rest of the season. Talk about the decisions and how that worked out.
“Well, KK (Jones) had too much on his plate. He was a freshmen coming in from East Hartford, worked, tried to do everything he could, but I saw a young man struggling. Struggling a lit bit academically, struggling on the field, it was too much.
As a head coach, I had to make a decision, so I took the football away from him. Academics is more important, so he’s not going to play these last three games. He didn’t like it, but I don’t care. I’m the guy who has to make that decision for the long run.
Marvin Washington has to do some things academically as well and I’ve talked to Marvin a bunch. I put it to him because in life, they have to make decisions on what’s best for them. So I told him he could stay and be the backup QB and be ready like a starter and do your academics or be a scout QB and do your academics and not have any of that stuff on your plate. He comes in this morning and tells me, ‘Coach, I wanna be here, but I want to focus more on my academics and I’ll do the scout team.’ I walked up, gave him a hug and said, ‘Now, make it work.'”
SMU this weekend, speaking of quarterbacks, that have a pretty talented one playing some really good football right now.
“They are. They’re very talented offensively and defensively and had a big win last week against Houston. They’re getting better as the season goes and, y’know, they have experienced players. We’re going to have to play really well to give ourselves an opportunity to win.”