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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

UConn redshirt junior LB Yawin Smallwood will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"A northeast scout for an AFC North team told me they've been doing plenty of advanced scouting in anticipation for Smallwood’s entry into the draft," Pauline adds. The Husky projects as a mid-round selection at inside linebacker, and Pauline compares Smallwood to David Harris.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 09:26:00 AM

Connecticut named OC/WR coach T.J. Weist interim coach.

UConn fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni and sent him off with a $750,000 severance package earlier in the day. The 0-4 Huskies have been embarrassed by the likes of Towson and Buffalo this season, but the talent is on hand to potentially pull off a few upsets if Weist can quickly right the ship. UConn stayed within 11 points of 3-0 Maryland and should have beaten 4-0 Michigan on September 21 (they choked away a second-half lead and lost by a field goal). The Huskies have a much-needed bye week on tap and are preparing to host a winnable game against 0-4 South Florida on October 12.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 02:52:00 PM

UConn has fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Pasqualoni, who was in the midst of his third season with the Huskies, had led UConn to an 0-4 record this year. The head coach received a $750,000 buyout. The Huskies were close to beating Michigan two weeks ago, but lost in blowout fashion to Towson in the season opener and Buffalo this weekend.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 10:04:00 AM

UConn redshirt junior LB Yawin Smallwood made 16 tackles in the loss to Towson on Thursday night.

Towson rushed for over 200 yards against the Hukies, but Smallwood did his best to put UConn's defense on his back. They had plenty of defensive talent that left for the NFL, but this performance was embarrassing for UConn. Smallwood made two solo stops, with 14 assisted and none made behind the line of scrimmage.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 12:23:00 PM

UConn sophomore RB Joseph Williams was arrested on charges of alleged credit card theft, illegal use of credit card and larceny.

No details have been reported on the events that led to the charges. Connecticut has already indefinitely suspended Williams. As a freshman last season, the running back only saw three carries which he took for six yards.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 11:52:00 AM

UConn redshirt junior TE Mark Hansson will not be a part of the football program for the 2013 season.

With the Huskies top tight end Ryan Griffin departing to the NFL, Hansson had a chance to claim a position in the starting lineup. The latter's time away from the program is due to undisclosed reasons, but there is a chance Hansson rejoins the club after this year.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Texans selected Connecticut TE Ryan Griffin with the No. 201 overall pick.

Griffin (6-foot-5 7/8, 254) ran a 4.87 forty and put up 21 reps on the bench press at the Huskies' Pro Day. He has strong hands and can line up all over the offense, but Griffin needs work as a blocker. Griffin was set to play college basketball before UConn offered him a football scholarship. He'll slide in behind Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham in Houston.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 05:22:00 PM

Texans selected UConn DE/OLB Trevardo Williams with the No. 124 overall pick.

Williams (6-1, 241) led the Big East with 11.5 sacks as a senior, and graduated as the Huskies' all-time leader (30.5). He added 40.5 career tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. A pure speed rusher, Williams will get swallowed up by run-blocking NFL linemen, but should help on nickel downs and cover kicks on special teams. He ran 4.57 at the Combine with a 1.61 ten-yard split and 10-foot-4 broad jump.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:29:00 PM

Titans selected UConn CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson with the No. 70 overall pick.

It's the third UConn player to go in the last seven picks. Wreh-Wilson (6-1, 195) made 39 starts, recording eight career interceptions and returning two for touchdowns. He ran 4.53 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. A long, lanky corner with some stiffness, Wreh-Wilson is considered a high-character prospect who is willing in run support. He has the potential to grow into a solid No. 2 cornerback.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:05:00 PM


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