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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

Connecticut junior WR Hergy Mayala will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Mayala (6'2/203) leads all of the Huskies wideouts in catches and yards, so it's a big loss for UConn. Expect running back Arkeel Newsome to see even more targets out of the backfield, and freshman Keyion Dixon, Mason Donaldson and junior Tyraig Beals should see the football thrown their way more as well.
Sep 28 - 8:20 PM

UConn junior RB Arkeel Newsome rushed for 15 yards and a touchdown on four carries while catching eight passes for 170 yards and an additional score in Sunday's 41-38 loss to ECU.

Newsome had himself a backwards afternoon, doing almost nothing on the ground but excelling as a receiving option out of the backfield. His 79-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter came with an outstanding after-the-catch effort. After bringing in a little swing pass from QB Bryant Shirreffs, the 5-foot-7, 182-pounder was angled toward the right sideline by a swarming ECU defense before somehow breaking through a four-man attempt at a tackle and finding nothing but green grass ahead of him. While this was an impressive showing by Newsome overall, he's going to have to get on his horse if he wants to post 800 yards rushing for the third consecutive season -- through three games, the junior back has just 32 yards rushing to his fair name.
Sep 24 - 4:57 PM

UConn junior QB Bryant Shirreffs completed 24-of-39 passes for 406 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 41-38 loss to ECU.

Go figure that a buried-away little contest between UConn and ECU would end up being a fireworks show. Both Shirreffs and opposing number Thomas Sirk posted 400-plus passing yards and the game was not decided until UConn K Michael Tarbutt missed a 33-yard field goal that would have tied it up at the gun. This was a career-best effort for Shirreffs, who will face a much tougher test next weekend, when the Huskies travel to SMU.
Sep 24 - 4:18 PM

UConn redshirt freshman RB Nate Hopkins rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in Thursday's 27-20 win over Holy Cross.

The Huskies trailed 20-7 at the half and looked to be on their way to a potentially embarrassing defeat in HC Randy Edsall's second debut with the program. However, they bucked up for a nice second half comeback to come away with the win. Hopkins (6'1/212) was instrumental to the cause, scoring two of his three touchdowns after halftime. He averaged a slick 6.5 YPC for the contest as a whole while busting out for a long run of 37 yards. Up next on the docket, a likely troublesome showdown with USF a week from Saturday.
Sep 1 - 1:15 AM

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


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