Dixon Named to Honor Roll
Connecticut running back Andre Dixon was named to the Big East honor roll after running for 149 yards and 3 TDs in the Huskies 30-22 win over Baylor. Saturday marked the second time in three games(100 yards at Ohio) that the former All-Big East selection has reached the hundred yard plateau.
"It doesn't surprise me what Andre's done," said Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall during his weekly teleconference with the Big East media Monday. "If you go back to '07, Andre had a pretty good year for us. To see what he's doing this year, he's a young man that understands what his role is and he's trained well over the summer and during training camp. When his number is called he goes out and plays to the best of his ability. I'm just very happy. I hope he can continue to stay healthy and can continue to do the things he's done so far and again, he knows he's gonna have his opportunities in the game."
Dixon, who was relegated to the bench in 2008, in large part due to the emergence of the nation's leading rusher a year ago, Donald Brown, has shown the spark and desire that made him a fan favorite at Rentschler Field two years ago.
"After '07 maybe he drank some of the koolaid and when you drink the koolaid, sometimes you get a little soft and don't do the things you used to do," added Edsall. "He knows every day you have to go out and perform. We had a young man Jordan Todman last year that came on the scene and did some really good things. Now I think we have 2 starting tailbacks in Jordan and Andre and its a great situation to be in as a coach."
Lutrus Out Again?
With Rhode Island coming to Rentschler Field on Saturday, one would think UConn captain Scott Lutrus will once again sit out as he recovers from a stinger suffered in the season opener at Ohio. There really isn't a reason to put Lutrus on the field against the Rams unless he is 100%. With next week being a bye before traveling to Pittsburgh for the conference opener, rest may be the best thing for Lutrus at this point in the year.
Big East Shines
Early on in the 2009 season, the Big East has proved once again they are one of the top conferences in the nation, continuously displaying to the rest of college football that the offseason claims of the Mountain West Conference and eventually the national media, were ludicrous.
This past weekend, Cincinnati went to Corvalis and easily defeated the 24th ranked team in the nation, Oregon St., 28-18. Connecticut, a 10.5 point underdog in their match-up on the road in Waco, TX, took it to the much-improved Baylor Bears 30-22. Pittsburgh defeated a Navy team that took Ohio St. to the wire, 27-14. Even Syracuse got a win against a Big Ten opponent in Northwestern.
"As I said after the game, we [the Big East] don't get the respect that we deserve, but we lay low and we go out and try to take care of business on the field," Edsall said. "I would hope that people recognize what we're doing, but again, we don't have much say other than the fact that we can go out and perform. I thought we did pretty well as a conference this past weekend."
The Orange certainly look more like the team that beat Notre Dame in South Bend a year ago, than the one from the rest of Greg Robinson's coaching career in upstate New York. An OT loss to Minnesota followed by a not-so-embarassing 28-7 loss in Happy Valley to Penn St. in week 2, indicates a change may be coming sooner than expected for the Orange under new coach Doug Marrone, something that will only strengthen the conference, from top to bottom.
All quotes courtesy of Bigeast.org.