The duo are also true freshmen just a couple of weeks on campus.
Offensive linemen typically redshirt their first year, but Diaco is going to play both Crozier and Rutherford on Friday against BYU. It's the only way for them to get better as far as Diaco is concerned.
"They need to play to get better," Diaco said. "Only way for them to get better is to play, chicken or they egg...they will both play they should both get in in the first half. "
Rutherford and Crozier are the backups at guard and will come in for either Gus Cruz or Tyler Samra. The Huskies will start Alex Mateas at center and Richard Levy and Dalton Gifford at left and right tackle.
The Huskies will use Deshon Foxx and Josh Marriner in kickoff returns and will sprinkle in Arkeel Newsome at times. Diaco, of course, isn't hoping for too many of those opportunities.
The Huskies will hold a pep rally at 6:30 p.m. in Storrs on Fairfield Way. The team will make an appearance around 7 p.m. This is a big change from past years. The players typically went to a hotel the night before a game in the East Hartford area and bused to the game from there. Players are going to stay on campus the night before home games and bus into East Hartford the day of the game.