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UConn redshirt junior QB David Pindell will close out the season as starter with Bryant Shirreffs (concussion) done for the year.

Pindell (6'0/192) will end the season as he began it, as UConn's starter. He lost the job to Shirreffs in Week 1 and then scarcely played until last week against UCF, when he started in place of an injured Shirreffs. Pindell has thrown for 423 yards with a 2/2 TD/INT rate this year.
Nov 16 - 7:11 PM

UConn senior QB Bryant Shirreffs (concussion) will not play again this season.

The news officially ends Shirreffs' collegiate career. Shirreffs suffered the concussion against South Florida a few weeks ago and missed last Saturday’s loss at Central Florida. He met with UConn HC Randy Edsall on Tuesday morning to tell him that he didn't intend to play next week’s season finale at Cincinnati even if he's medically cleared. Shirreffs (6'2/210) broke out this season, going 171-of-260 for 2,287 yards and a 14/5 TD/INT rate. David Pindell will finish out the season as starter.
Nov 16 - 6:31 PM

UConn redshirt senior DT Folorunso Fatukasi "has never really improved from his outstanding sophomore season of 2015," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"With three games left he’s totaled 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks- all below his production from three years ago," Pauline wrote. "Fatukasi has the size, quickness and athleticism to play at the next level but must step up his production." The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Fatukasi posted 123 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 TFL between 2015-2016. He was once considered a Day 2 prospect.
Nov 16 - 4:25 PM

UConn will start redshirt junior QB David Pindell in place of the injured Bryant Shirreffs for Saturday's game at Central Florida.

Shirreffs sustained a concussion last week against South Florida. Pindell (6'1/185), a JUCO transfer, won the job out of camp but was quickly yanked for Shirreffs in the opener.
Nov 7 - 4:58 PM

UConn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee announced that junior QB Bryant Shirreffs (concussion) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against UCF.

Far outside the spotlight, Shirreffs (6'2/210) has been something of a revelation for the Huskies this year. He failed to win the starting job out of camp but has been great since relieving David Pindell in the opener. On the year, Shirreffs is 171-of-260 for 2,287 yards, a 14/5 TD/INT rate and a 153.58 efficiency rating that ranks No. 15 in the nation. Pindell will draw the start against UCF. Shirreffs suffered his concussion last week in a home loss to South Florida.
Nov 7 - 3:54 PM

Uconn junior WR Hergy Mayala caught nine passes for 116 yards in a 52-12 loss to Missouri on Saturday.

Mayala (6'2/203) was pretty much the only effective player for the Huskies on Saturday, both on offense and on defense. He had a long catch of 45 yards, and caught eight more balls for short-to-medium yardage as UConn tried to crawl back into the game. As you can see from the score, it didn't work. The Huskies take on South Florida next weekend.
Oct 28 - 10:26 PM

UConn issued a two-game suspension to redshirt sophomore DB John Robinson IV following his arrest early Sunday morning on a charge of DUI.

Robinson was also charged with using his cell phone while driving. UConn has not offered comment beyond saying that they are aware of the arrest. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has recorded just two tackles on the year, so his absence over the next two games shouldn't be counted as anything more than a depth blow. He'll sit against Missouri and USF these next two weekends and will be eligible to return to action against UCF on November 11.
Oct 26 - 4:22 PM

UConn junior RB Arkeel Newsome (shoulder) is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Newsome was forced out by a balky shoulder in a win over Tulsa a week ago. Said HC Randy Edsall of his sidelining for the foreseeable future, "He's been having a very good year and I feel bad for him. But like anything else, you've got to move forward. He's not going to be there so other guys are going to get opportunities." The 5-foot-7, 182-pound junior has rushed for 218 yards (4.1 YPC) and three touchdowns in seven games this season. He had posted back-to-back campaigns of 700-plus rushing yards in 2015 and 2016, but even before the shoulder issue, the numbers weren't really coming together for him this year. Nate Hopkins will work as starter with Newsome down for the count.
Oct 24 - 5:12 PM

Connecticut junior WR Hergy Mayala had four catches for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-14 win over Tulsa.

Mayala (6'2/203) missed three games with an ankle injury earlier this season. Outside of that, he's been great, going over 100-yards receiving in two of four games and catching at least one touchdown in all four.
Oct 21 - 5:30 PM

UConn HC Randy Edsall said he will comment on junior RB Arkeel Newsome's status on Tuesday.

Newsome left Saturday's win over Tulsa early with an undisclosed injury. Prior to leaving, he had nine yards rushing and an explosive 51-yard reception. Nate Hopkins would take over as the undisputed starter if Newsome misses time.
Oct 21 - 4:51 PM

UConn junior QB Bryant Shirreffs completed 23-of-29 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-14 win over Tulsa.

Shirreffs (6'2/210) has quietly broken out this season under new HC Randy Edsall and new OC Rhett Lashlee. That continued to be the case today against Tulsa's Swiss cheese defense. After completing only 58.7-percent of his passes on a 7.10 YPA average and a 7/6 TD/INT rate last year, Shirreffs is completing over 67-percent of his passes for over 9.5 YPA and a 13/4 TD/INT rate this season.
Oct 21 - 3:11 PM

UConn junior QB Bryant Shirreffs completed 18 of 28 attempts for 105 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the school's 28-24 2in over Temple on Saturday.

He added another 39 rushing yards. The route combinations near the endzone helped receivers get open, Shirreffs was able to accurately deliver the ball. This win ended a four-game losing streak for the Huskies.
Oct 14 - 3:31 PM

UConn junior RB Arkeel Newsome rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in Friday's 70-31 loss to Memphis.

Newsome glided his way to a 64-yard touchdown just over a minute into the game to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. Good things do not last, though, and such was the case with that short-lived lead. When the 5-foot-7, 182-pounder notched his second touchdown run of the game in the fourth quarter, UConn trailed 63-24. Lopsided final score aside, this was far-and-away Newsome's best statistical outing of the season. He entered Friday's game having rushed for just 39 yards (1.7 YPC) and one touchdown. We'll see if this can get him rolling. He surpassed 700 yards rushing in each of 2015 and 2016.
Oct 6 - 11:27 PM

UConn junior QB Bryant Shirreffs completed 21-of-35 passes for 310 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Friday's 70-31 loss to Memphis.

Shirreffs was looking for his third consecutive game of 400 yards passing, but it was not to be. Still, three straight with at least 300 yards through the air is none too shabby, particularly when you take into account that the junior gunslinger had just one game over 300 yards in nine contests last season.
Oct 6 - 11:17 PM

UConn junior QB Bryant Shirreffs completed 22-of-28 passes for 408 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 49-28 loss to SMU.

Shirreffs set a career high with 406 passing yards against ECU last Sunday, then promptly reset it in Saturday's defeat. He'll try for a surprise third consecutive 400-yard showing when the Huskies do battle with Memphis next Friday.
Sep 30 - 8:38 PM


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