In a few months, Kyle Weiss will be juggling the demands of a Division I assistant football coach with new duties as a dad.
He’s not sure how this will work out with his wife Jenna’s due date in the middle of UConn football season.
âI don’t know,â Weiss said recently. âWe’re going to have to ask the baby. Hopefully the baby comes Sunday through Friday and not at noon on Saturday. The due date is October 14, so the only away game is UMass, so I can still get it. in a car.”
Weiss, an East Lyme High School graduate, will do exactly what he did as a running back coach, especially last year, for the Huskies.
He will make the necessary adjustments.
If the new member of the Weiss team arrives on time, the baby – a girl – would enter the world two days before UConn’s home game against Yale on October 16 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
âGreat timing,â Weiss said with a smile.
Weiss has learned that some things are beyond his control.
While the COVID-19 pandemic still rages on, UConn has decided to cancel its football season, one of the few university programs in the country to do so.
The Huskies made good use of their free time, spending countless hours working on their skills, strength and conditioning and evaluating the team.
The technical staff are delighted with the results.
âWe are excited,â Weiss said. “There is a different energy here.”
Weiss, who is in his fourth season with Randy Edsall’s squad, can’t wait to see his running backs in action, starting in the season opener on Aug. 28 at Fresno State.
This is the largest group of running backs in recent years, according to Weiss.
âThese guys worked hard, really hard,â Weiss said. “If you see pictures online, they look totally different. They’ve changed bodies. We have to spend a whole year worrying about what we’re doing, not just any opponent or whatever. .
“I have never in my life been able to teach football from scratch like we have been doing for the last year and a half. I think the most beneficial thing we have had is not not having the pressure of having to get it all in time for a game. We can break it down. We took a unique situation and turned it into a positive one for us. “
Preseason camp is underway in Storrs.
Senior Kevin Mensah anchors a backfield group that includes Robert Burns, a transfer graduate from Miami, freshmen Nate Carter, Brian Brewton, Devontae Houston and Max Modeste.
Mensah is the favorite for the starting position, following back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019. Burns, who has seen limited action at the University of Miami and has two more years of eligibility left, will be pushing for the playing time. It’s hard to say how much of an impact the young full-backs will have given their inexperience.
âKevin has been very productive for us over the past few seasons,â said Weiss. âNate Carter, it looks like he’s already in sophomore, he’s been here for so long. We just haven’t had a season with him. He’s done a great job changing his body.
âYoung guys like Devontae and Brian Brewton bring speed that we’re really passionate about. To add Rob Burns, an experience from Miami, he’s about 230 years old right now, so that’s another addition to the toolbox. Add Max from Texas, who I haven’t had the chance to work with
, but he was there all summer training, he is tall, long and weighs over 200 pounds.
“These are my six guys. It’s awesome. I’m very confident with the depth.”
Weiss will have the next few weeks to sort the depth chart at this position.
Competition makes them all better and brings them together. They have already formed a close bond.
âWe invited them over to our house for dinner not too long ago,â said Weiss, who lives in Manchester. âThese six backs that I have in the room, they’re as thick as thieves.â¦ It’s amazing how they are together. They’re so much closer than they’ve ever been since I’ve been. here.”
Without a proven quarterback, the Huskies will need a reliable running game to be effective on offense. With improved depth, the offensive line has a chance to be one of the team’s strengths.
Weiss is confident his running backs will do their part to help the team succeed this season.
He has two countdowns running – one until the season opens and the other until the arrival of his first child.
He is lucky to have his parents who still live in Niantic, so they can help him.
His life-changing event – the birth of his first child – will be here before he knows it.
âIt’s going to be crazy,â Weiss said.