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UConn named redshirt junior QB David Pindell the starter for the 2017 season.

"Just saw the way he's come in and handled the offense. He's still got work to do, as they all do, but I think it was time," said HC Randy Edsall. Pindell (6'1/185) beat out Bryant Shierreffs and Donovan Williams for the starting honors. He threw for 2,424 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for 459 yards at the junior college level last season.
Aug 14 - 1:10 PM

UConn senior edge rusher Luke Carrezola has accrued 22.5 TFL over the last two seasons.

He's also logged 88 tackles and nine sacks over his two seasons as a starter. Carrezola's numbers could rise in 2017 in UConn's aggressive new 3-3-5 set. "If the Pennsylvania native can improve on his already-impressive numbers, he has the size and tools to be an early-round pick next year," noted SB Nation.
Source: SB Nation
Jun 30 - 3:36 PM

UConn redshirt senior DT Folorunso Fatukasi "looked like a legitimate second-day prospect in 2015 before falling off last year," reports Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Fatukasi was one of several Huskie defenders who saw their stock drop last year. A new coaching staff might do them all some good this fall. "He’s well-built and relatively athletic, but Fatukasi must start making plays on the ball," Pauline wrote of Fatukasi. If he does, the analyst believes he could go in the middle rounds this spring. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Fatukasi has posted 123 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 TFL over the last two seasons.
Jun 28 - 4:50 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades UConn senior LB Junior Joseph as a sixth-rounder.

"He’s a well-built run defender who plays vicious football and shows ability in zone coverage," Pauline wrote. "Predraft workouts will be critical for Joseph, who I think will be a very good 3-4 inside linebacker." Joseph (6'1/242) was third on the team with 81 tackles last season. He added 1.5 TFL.
Jun 28 - 12:56 PM

UConn redshirt senior DT Folorunso Fatukasi has accrued 123 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 TFL over his two seasons as a starter.

Fatukasi's numbers regressed a bit last season, but he should bounce back in UConn's new 3-3-5 set. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder will be closely monitored by the NFL this fall.
Source: SB Nation
Jun 27 - 2:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Connecticut senior CB Jamar Summers will be drafted in the middle rounds if he plays as well in 2017 as he did in 2015.

The analyst graded Summers as a third-rounder last year at this time, but Summers struggled in 2016, hindering his evaluation. "Re-watching the film I noticed Summers was not as bad as I first thought," Pauline wrote. "While he struggled making plays with his back to the ball, Summer was very effective facing the action. I presently grade him as a sixth-round prospect, but he offers next-level size and had previously displayed top ball skills. If Summer gets his game back on track in 2017, he could jump into the middle rounds."
Jun 27 - 2:42 PM

UConn dismissed redshirt sophomore LB Nazir Williams.

Williams was dismissed, per a press release, due to "violation of Division of Athletics policy." No more specifics were given, but we can make an educated guess about which straw broke the camel's back. In the fall, Williams was arrested on charges of weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor. He was a three-star 2015 recruit who never saw the field for the Huskies.
Jun 20 - 2:59 PM

UConn redshirt junior David Pindell exited the spring in a three-way battle with Bryant Shirreffs and Donovan Williams for the starting job.

Shirreffs and Williams struggled last year, while Pindell is the new kid on the block. Pindell threw for 2,424 yards and 31 touchdowns with 459 yards rushing last season at the JUCO level.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 5 - 4:31 PM

Raiders selected UConn DB Obi Melifonwu with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Melifonwu (6’4/224) started a whopping 47 games at UConn, compiling 11 career tackles for loss with eight interceptions and two forced fumbles. Like fellow ex-Huskies SS Byron Jones, Obi completely murdered the Combine with a 4.4-flat forty and off-the-charts vertical (44") and broad (11’9") jumps. While Obi obviously checks boxes for size and athleticism, PFF College charted him with 12 touchdown passes allowed over his final three years, and NFL scouts reportedly question Melifonwu’s on-field toughness. Ideally, he would become a combination safety in the mold of Bengals FS George Iloka. Melifonwu will likely back up aging Reggie Nelson at free safety initially, then take over as a starter opposite Karl Joseph in 2018.
Apr 28 - 9:03 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UConn S/CB Obi Melifonwu had a private meeting on campus Thursday with the Patriots.

Campbell believes that if the Patriots deal Malcolm Butler for a first-rounder, Melifonwu could be a target of New England's. The Patriots could also procure a first-rounder by dealing Jimmy Garoppolo. As we sit now, New England doesn't have a Round 1 pick because of the Brandin Cooks trade. With the NFL Draft one week away, we're becoming more and more convinced that Melifonwu will land at the end of Round 1. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Melifonwu to the Cowboys at pick No. 28 in his most recent mock.
Apr 20 - 2:34 PM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, UConn S/CB Obi Melifonwu visited the Seattle Seahawks on Monday and is visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

The Seahawks hold pick No. 26, while the 49ers could be eyeing Melifonwu as an option at No. 34 early in the second round. He has also drawn interest from the Dolphins, Steelers, Saints, Browns and Titans this month. The 6-foot-4, 223-pounder has been gearing toward a possible first-round selection ever since he blew up at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees it happening in his most recent mock draft, tagging Melifonwu to the Cowboys at pick No. 28.
Apr 18 - 8:54 PM

UConn S/CB Obi Melifonwu is visiting the Dolphins on Friday.

We expect Melifonwu to be selected in the first round, but the question is at what position. If Melifonwu stars in the NFL he should want to play corner, but Melifonwu has far more experience at safety. he played both strong and free roles at UConn. He's an outstanding athlete with rare size.
Apr 14 - 11:45 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is on an official pre-Draft visit with the Steelers on Thursday.

Pittsburgh seems pretty likely to address its secondary concerns on one of the first two days of the NFL Draft. They have plenty of draft equity ammunition, with two third-rounders in addition to their choices in Rds. 1 and 2. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported last month that "about 40 percent" of the teams interested in Melifonwu see him as an NFL cornerback. As a safety, Pro Football Focus and NFL Media's Bucky Brooks have both compared Melifonwu to Seattle's Kam Chancellor. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder is an unmitigated athletic freak, though he comes with inconsistent tape.
Apr 13 - 12:50 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UConn WR Noel Thomas to Indianapolis Colts WR Kamar Aiken.

"Aiken’s been an effective slot receiver in the NFL because of his ability to work the seam with decent speed and route-running combined with very impressive hands and excellent body control for off target passes," writes the PFF analysis team. They believe that Thomas "could develop into a similar player given the right opportunity." The 6-foot, 205-pounder notched a 100-1179-3 receiving line this past season, but despite those gaudy numbers, could be on the outside looking in come the end of Day 3.
Apr 11 - 8:07 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is on an official pre-Draft visit with the Saints on Monday.

New Orleans has problems everywhere on defense, and while some would argue they have more pressing needs than safety (edge rusher, linebacker, corner), the 6-foot-4, 224-pound Melifonwu is an utterly unique prospect whose ceiling is that of a game-changing defensive chess piece. Holding three picks in the top-42, New Orleans may decide that they're in the perfect position to roll the dice on one of the better size/speed/explosion prospects that we've seen in recent years. Obi posted Combine-leading efforts in the broad jump (11-9) and vertical jump (44 inches) and added a 4.40s 40-yard dash.
Apr 10 - 5:55 PM


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