August 22, 2007

Kickers hope to move past shaky 2006

STORRS, Conn. - Not long after the Huskies lost to Louisville to cement their 4-8 record last season, kickers Tony Ciaravino and Desi Cullen tried to figure out why the season went so wrong.

They had sat through 12 games of mistakes, errors and blunders in the kicking game, which, any way you put it, meant one thing - plenty of missed opportunities for a team needing any small advantage to get back on track after a subpar 5-8 record in 2005.

And while Ciaravino kicked well in the contest - he notched a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter before tacking on two extra points in the 48-17 loss - it was decided that as of that Sunday, things would change for the kicking game.

"When last season was over, Desi and I kind of made a pact between one another that we were going to work as hard as we could on and off the field … because we want to change the way people look at kickers at UConn," Ciaravino said. "We want to change the way we ate, we tried to diet … and we tried to get stronger in the weight room."

Here's to hoping that strategy pays off. With a healthy kicking core and one with only a slight hint of dirt on the record - Cullen was pulled from kickoffs early last season after starting as a true freshman and Ciaravino had a mediocre spring game - the duo, combined with freshman Dave Teggart, is looking to right the ship.

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