Huskies introduce their 2015 High School signees.
STORRS: It's the first class that he can truly call his own and to hear him talk, UConn head coach Bob Diaco likes what he's gotten his hands on.
The Huskies held a press conference for season’s ticket holders and the media on Wednesday afternoon to introduce most of the 30 players that will become part of the 2015 football team, including eight walk-ons.
UConn is coming off a disappointing 2-10 record in 2014 and you have to figure has nowhere to go but up.
In his first try at the controls in picking his own players, Diaco went for both big and heavy across the board for the most part.
"We are looking for "RKG" players (right kind of guys) who exhibit certain traits we were looking for," Diaco said. "If we are bigger than the opponent, we think we will have a better chance of winning."
Diaco was happy to talk about his team with his usual enthusiasm but while he likes this group of talented players he has coming in, he doesn't expect many to have much of an impact during the '15 campaign.
A season ago, the Huskies were forced to use far more first year players than they would have liked out of necessity and would to try and avoid the same fate in 2015.
The average height of the newcomers is 6'4 with the average player weighing in at more than 230 pounds.
After falling dangerously low on players at the end of last season, this healthy influx of fans brings their number to 82 with room for more.
Two players, quarterback Tyler Davis and kicker Michael Tarbutt may have a chance to see some time, if they earn it.
Davis has been on campus for a semester and has been working out with the team while Tarbutt could compete for a job right off the bat.
The Buffalo, New York native who attended Canisus has a 60-yard field goal on his resume and could handle punting duties as well if needed.
Bobby Puyol handled the place kicking duties while Justin Wain handled the punting a season ago.
On the local Connecticut side of things, New London offensive lineman Bryan Cespedes has made a positive impression on the UConn coaching staff after coming off a stellar high school career.
Playing tackle at New London, Cespedes helped his team to a Class M Large Division state playoff berth as they totaled 338 yard of total offense in five games.
He only began playing football as sophomore and was also a standout basketball and baseball player.
We will have much more on each of the 22 scholarship players and the eight preferred walk-on players over the coming days.