Osiecki "All Good Now"

STORRS – Sophomore fullback Mike Osiecki said Saturday he wasn't thinking about transferring from Connecticut and he wasn't concerned about his role with on the football team. He took a couple of days off from preseason camp to straighten out some personal issues and is ready to move on with the season.

"I'm all good now," Osiecki said after the Huskies completed a morning workout that was moved inside to the Shenkman Center because of rain and slippery fields. "I had some things to go through. It was actually really hard (to miss practice). I really wanted to come back. I just realize how much I love football and I love the grind."

Osiecki, a redshirt sophomore from Seymour, is listed as the No. 2 fullback for the Huskies. Right now Reuben Frank is on the depth chart as the starter. But Osiecki, a converted linebacker, has shown the ability to handle all the chores expected of a fullback.

"Mike practiced well in the preseason and he practiced well today," coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "We are happy that he is back.

"Sometimes it might be best for the guy to leave or maybe football is not for him. But that wasn't the case with Mike. I could see that. When he went home, I said, ‘You are going to figure this out in a day and call me and come back.' "

Pasqualoni said both fullbacks are still learning the position.

"They're both getting used to it," Pasqualoni said. "Mike doesn't have the two years under his belt that Reuben does. So Mike isn't quite as far along assignment wise. But he's working hard to get there."

Osiecki said he is picking up the position day by day.

"It's a lot of technique and fundamental stuff now," he said. "I always want the ball. Even in high school, I would get the ball in the flat. Any chance I can catch the ball and make a play, I'll be there."

Osiecki said he appreciated the way Pasqualoni handled the situation with him this week.

"I went in and talked what was going on and he was very understanding," Osiecki said. "It was a mutual agreement. He was just there for me. I really appreciate that. I was really there for me and I have a lot of respect for that."


Junior safety Gilbert Stlouis has decided to leave UConn and Pasqualoni said he will grant him a release to any school the Huskies don't play in the next two years. "I don't know exactly where he's going," Pasqualoni said. "He just feels like he wants to go and have a chance to start." Byron Jones and Ty-Meer Brown, both sophomores, are entrenched in the starting safety spots. Pasqualoni said freshmen Andrew Adams and Wilbert Lee, along with junior David Kenney, would be the primary backups at safety. . . . Saturday was the final day of two-a-days for the Huskies. UConn will scrimmage at Rentschler Field on Tiuesday. . . . Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen was off crutches and Pasqualoni is pleased with the progress he is making with his sprained knee. . . . Tight end Sean McQuillan was taken off the field on a cart late in the practice. Pasqualoni said he thought it was an ankle injury. McQuillan, a freshman from Glastonbury, couldn't put weight on his right leg. "That's what happens when you fall on the ground," Pasqualoni said. "People think if football you are on the ground all the time, but when you practice you are never on the ground. And that is an art." . . . Guard Tyler Bullock is close to returning to drills and should be speed soon. . . .Defensive lineman Andreas Knappe was out of pads and held out of drills. Pasqualoni said the Dane should be back in a day or two.

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