Huskies at home, will honor Howard

Updated: October 29, 2009, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut is planning a number of tributes at Rentschler Field during the Huskies' first home game since the stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard.

Connecticut (4-3, 1-2) will host Rutgers (5-2, 0-2) Saturday at noon.

The school, which normally bans signs from the stadium, is doing away with that rule in anticipation of numerous tribute banners.

Connecticut's players plan to wear shirts with Howard's No. 6 on them during their traditional "Husky Walk" on a route lined with fans from their busses to the locker room.

There will be a moment of silence before the game and a video tribute to Howard at the game.

Fans will each receive a card with a "6" on it, and the first 15,000 fans who enter the gates will receive wristbands that read "Jazz, Live 365." Jazz was Howard's nickname.

The marching band plans to come onto the field wearing No. 6 jerseys and will display the formation of a "6" in the word "UCONN" during its pregame program.

Students who attend the game will receive a No. 6 button and eye-black stickers that are also being worn by the players -- one with Howard's number and the other with his initials.

UConn players will continue to wear a helmet sticker with Howard's initials and bring his jersey and helmet to each contest this season.

Players say they expect the game to be emotional, but not as emotional as last week's 28-24 loss at West Virginia, their first game without Howard.

"It's a little different just because last week was all really new," said defensive tackle Kendall Reyes. "We're going to always remember Jazz, but it might be a little bit easier this week than last week."


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