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UConn redshirt sophomore QB Casey Cochran has retired from football after sustaining multiple concussions during his career.

Head coach Bob Diaco stated Cochran has an interest in coaching and will transition from being a player to a mentor while still helping the team. Cochran played in the season opener and also started the final four games of 2013.
Sep 9 - 9:26 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline sees a lack of speed as a concern for UConn redshirt senior WR Geremy Davis.

Davis collected 71 receptions, 1,085 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies last season. "While I like the pass catching skills of Geremy Davis his speed is a big concern," Pauline wrote. "Not just the stopwatch speed but also the playing speed witnessed on film. In the end I think Davis fits in as a fifth receiver at the next level." The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder won't singe a secondary, but he is a possession receiver with the size to wall off smaller defensive backs.
Aug 8 - 10:50 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped UConn redshirt senior CB Byron Jones as a fourth- or fifth rounder.

This is a player with upward mobility, the analyst added. "[Jones] could potentially make a Dwayne Gratz type move north with a big senior campaign," Pauline wrote. Jones began his career at safety but transitioned successfully to corner last year, leading the Huskies with three interceptions. He has the size and tackling ability of a safety, and the smooth backpedal of a corner. Jones' instincts will have to improve, however.
Aug 8 - 10:16 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes that UConn redshirt senior WR Geremy Davis "goes up strong and is a physical finisher in contested situations."

Davis collected 71 receptions, 1,085 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies last season. He was extremely consistent in a non-threatening aerial attack, accumulating at least 50 yards in 11-of-12 games, 75 yards in six contests and 100-plus in four more. The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder is a possession receiver with the size to wall off smaller defensive backs from the ball.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 8:05 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UConn redshirt senior CB Byron Jones "has good size and length for the position and tackles like a safety with smooth pedal in reverse."

That's the good news. The bad news is that Jones' "read/react ability is only average with suspect transitional quickness and recovery speed," according to the scribe. Jones began his career at safety but transitioned successfully to corner last year, leading the Huskies with three interceptions.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 6:48 PM

While watching UConn tape, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that UConn red shirt senior WR Geremy Davis, has stood out and "goes up strong" at the catch point "every time."

"I've been watching UConn tape the past few hours, not expecting much. But Senior WR Geremy Davis keeps standing out. Goes up strong every time," Brugler tweeted. Davis had a solid season for UConn last season, with 71 receptions, 1,085 yards and three touchdowns. While UConn's passing game wasn't explosive, Davis shined with at least 50 yards in 11-of-12 games, and 75 yards in six games and 100 or more in four games. In December versus the Memphis Tigers, Davis broke the record for catches in a game with 15 catches for 207 yards and scored a touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 216 pound Davis is more of a possession type of receiver than a burner, but does have the ideal size for the next level.
Jun 25 - 10:47 AM

UConn senior running back Lyle McCombs has left the program.

McCombs finishes his Huskies career with 2,681 yards and 11 career 100-yard rushing games; he led the school in rushing in all three of his years on campus. "Attending school at the University of Connecticut is a special privilege as is being a member of the UConn football team," said head coach Bob Diaco. "With that privilege also come certain responsibilities and expectations. We wish Lyle only the best in his future endeavors as he moves on from UConn." The 5-foot-8, 171-pound back could apply for the supplemental draft, or he could elect to transfer elsewhere and play in 2014 using the NCAA's graduate rule.
Jun 4 - 4:08 PM

Falcons selected Connecticut LB Yawin Smallwood with the No. 253 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Smallwood (6-foot-2, 246) was the Huskies' starting middle linebacker for three seasons, tallying 27 career tackles for loss with 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He was a first-team all-conference pick as both a sophomore and junior, before turning pro. Unfortunately, Smallwood trudged a 5.01 forty at the Combine, with a sub-par 9-foot broad jump. He's a better athlete than the measurables indicate, but was an inconsistent college tackler and is still learning to efficiently use his hands. Smallwood has longer-range starting upside, but figures to open his career on special teams.
May 10 - 7:04 PM

Vikings selected UConn DT Shamar Stephen with the No. 220 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Stephen (6-foot-4 7/8, 309) was a three-year starter for the Huskies, finishing his career with 17 tackles for loss and five sacks. More clogger-container than pass rusher, Stephen managed a 5.23 forty at the Combine with an 8-foot-7 broad jump and 25 reps on the bench. Stephen is a five-technique prospect who could contribute as a Kendall Langford-style run stopper. Already 23 1/2 years old, Stephen's long-range ceiling is limited.
May 10 - 5:42 PM

The Falcons privately worked out UConn LB Yawin Smallwood.

The 6-foot-2, 246-pounder collected 336 tackles over the past three seasons, including 118 last year. Smallwood, who started every game at middle linebacker for the Huskies in 2013, strained his left hamstring while logging a 5.01 forty at the NFL scouting combine. He's projected to go in the middle rounds.
Apr 23 - 10:15 PM

UConn LB Yawin Smallwood could be limited to positional drills at the school's pro day due to a a tweaked hamstring.

Smallwood's Combine performance was likely hampered by the same injury, has he posted a 5.01 forty, 36.5 inch vertical and a 108 inch broad jump. The inside linebacker class is a bit weak, and Smallwood should hear his name called around the fourth-round.
Mar 11 - 10:24 AM

UConn DT Shamar Stephen "gave glimpses of pass rush ability" at Senior Bowl week, according to Director Phil Savage.

"One of the real unknown prospects coming into the week, Shamar gave glimpses of pass rush ability, in addition to having the size/strength to defend the run," said Savage. "He should be a 3rd-day consideration in the 2014 NFL Draft." UConn interim head coach T.J. Weist told the media in December that pro scouts were showing interest in Stephen and called the senior a "force inside."
Feb 5 - 8:40 PM

UConn will hire Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as the school's next head coach.

Diaco’s contract will be a five-year deal worth $1.5 million per year, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was the school's top choice, but Diaco fits the young and energetic coach that UConn officials seemingly wanted.
Source: NBC Sports
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:35:00 AM

UConn redshirt junior LB Yawin Smallwood will declare for the NFL draft.

Smallwood is one of the few talented players on UConn's defense and projects as an inside linebacker in the NFL. The position might be somewhat week in this year's class, and we see Smallwood as a likely second day selection. He registered two sacks against Marshall on Saturday.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 06:42:00 PM

UConn interim head coach T.J. Weist said scouts are coming in to see senior DT Shamar Stephen.

Weist notes this is due to Stephen's consistency, and the senior is a "force inside, gets better every game." He has recorded nine tackles for loss, including two sacks this season. Stephen missed a portion of last season with a sprained right knee.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 01:10:00 PM

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