UConn Football 2014: Season Preview

Bob Diaco, UConn Football 2014

Bob Diaco, UConn Football 2014 (Pablo Lobato / Special to the Courant / August 29, 2014)

UConn Football 2014: Season Preview

Presenting our 2014 UConn/college football preview section gallery: With Bob, there’s hope. New coach Bob Diaco brings energy, now comes trying to win. ... The real Big Man on UConn's Campus: AD Warde Manuel. ... Get to know two of the Huskies' top players: receiver Geremy Davis and defender Byron Jones ... Also a look at Huskies’ opponents. ... Breaking down the UConn schedule. ... The new playoff system. ... Capsules on state teams ... and more!

Making Of A Head Coach: Brush With Mortality As Teenager Fortified Husky Coach's Football Passion

1:10 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

BOB DIACO

Making Of A Head Coach: Brush With Mortality As Teenager Fortified Husky Coach's Football Passion

Elementary school officials had concerns about what was going on at home when a young Bob Diaco showed up one day with his arms all smashed up. It seems Diaco, in third grade at the time, was toughening himself up for football. He took on a concrete piling and, of course, the piling won.

The Big Man On Campus: UConn AD Learned From Legend How Athletes Should Be Treated

1:26 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

WARDE MANUEL

The Big Man On Campus: UConn AD Learned From Legend How Athletes Should Be Treated

The moment he stepped on the football field, Warde Manuel was home.

Warde Manuel Was Sold On Bob Diaco Overnight

1:01 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

JEFF JACOBS COLUMN

Warde Manuel Was Sold On Bob Diaco Overnight

STORRS — This was only minutes before Bob Diaco walked into his introductory press conference last Dec. 12 at the Burton Family Complex. Only minutes before Diaco began quoting St. Augustine in Latin, referencing Ivan Petrovich Pavlov and Garth Brooks and telling the world about energy vampires.

Team Comes First For No. 2 Guy: Chandler Whitmer Showing New Level Of Maturity As Backup To Cochran

12:06 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

THE QUARTERBACKS

Team Comes First For No. 2 Guy: Chandler Whitmer Showing New Level Of Maturity As Backup To Cochran

Casey Cochran, the sophomore from Monroe, state career passing record holder and son of legendary Connecticut high school coach Jack Cochran, will be the starting quarterback for UConn.

Nothing Fancy: Goal Is To Be Simple But Hard To Defend

12:26 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

THE OFFENSE

Nothing Fancy: Goal Is To Be Simple But Hard To Defend

Mike Cummings was asked if UConn has the offensive tools to get done what needs to get done. The Huskies' new offensive coordinator had a simple answer.

Attention-Grabbers: Accolades Being Thrown Receivers' Direction

12:34 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

GEREMY DAVIS

Attention-Grabbers: Accolades Being Thrown Receivers' Direction

The American Athletic Conference has its share of talented quarterbacks, but it's the receivers who could put the league on the map.

Buyers' Market: Unit Expresses Belief In New System

12:20 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

THE DEFENSE

Buyers' Market: Unit Expresses Belief In New System

Defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter said he couldn't have asked for a better group of players in his first run at the position.

Any Defense Would Want UConn's Top Cover Man In Its Corner

12:43 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

BYRON JONES

Any Defense Would Want UConn's Top Cover Man In Its Corner

Richard Sherman. Patrick Peterson, Aqib Talib.

12:55 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

LOOKING BACK AT 2013

It Was Ugly (3-9): A Lost Season From The Start

Looking Back At 2013: It Was Ugly (3-9)

Pirate Sighting: Conference Schedule Requires Some Introductions

2:22 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

NEW-LOOK AAC

Pirate Sighting: Conference Schedule Requires Some Introductions

When UConn transitioned to the world of big-time football a decade ago, fans could look forward to a schedule packed with national heavyweights.

A Look At UConn's Schedule: Huskies Face Five Teams For First Time

2:50 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

MEET THE OPPONENTS

A Look At UConn's Schedule: Huskies Face Five Teams For First Time

Brigham Young

Taking A Look Around The State: New Coaches At Central, New Haven, Southern

2:39 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

STATE PREVIEW

Taking A Look Around The State: New Coaches At Central, New Haven, Southern

Central Connecticut

2:35 PM EDT, August 28, 2014

PLAYOFF SYSTEM

Wishful Thinking?: BCS Is Gone, But The New System Brings Its Own Question Marks

After years of clamoring for change, college football fans got their wish: 2014 will mark the first year of the College Football Playoff, which will officially supplant the Bowl Championship Series as the ultimate determinant of the nation's best team.

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