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UConn sophomore RB Kevin Mensah rushed 25 times for a team-high 144 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 56-49 win over Rhode Island.

This was Mensah's biggest game of the season after starting off with two ranked opponents in Boise State and UCF. His longest run was for 22 yards which ended up being the game-winning touchdown. His other touchdown was from 11 yards out towards the end of the 1st quarter. Otherwise, he consistently churned out yardage and helped UConn net their first win of the season. He will likely continue his success against Syracuse next week.
Sep 15 - 5:34 PM

UConn redshirt senior QB David Pindell completed 20-of-27 passes for 308 yards for four touchdowns and an interception while adding 137 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in Saturday's 56-49 win over Rhode Island.

Pindell played much better in this contest than last week and took advantage of Rhode Islands' subpar defense. He kicked off the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and never looked back. Five Pindell touchdowns later and the Huskies were barely able to scrape out a win. His longest pass of the day was on a 74-yard touchdown to Heron Maurisseau. After allowing point totals of 56, 62, and 49 in their three games to start the season, Pindell will have his work cut out for him to keep the Huskies in games.
Sep 15 - 5:26 PM

UConn sophomore RB Kevin Mensah rushed 10 times for a team-high 82 yards in Saturday's 62-7 loss at Boise State.

There weren't many highlights for the Huskies, who suffered their second-most lopsided loss in program history. His 55-yard scamper in the third quarter was the first time Connecticut pierced the Boise State side of the 50-yard line. They scored their only touchdown on the game on the very next play. That's two games and two blowout losses to ranked opponents. He could have a lot more success next week when FCS Rhode Island pays a visit in what should be a much more favorable matchup for the Huskies.
Sep 9 - 2:02 AM

UConn senior WR Kyle Buss brought in seven passes for 113 yards in a 56-17 loss to UCF on Thursday.

Buss was easily the most effective receiver for the Huskies on Thursday, showing the ability to make players miss in the open field on short passes from David Pindell. He had a long of 46 yards, but unfortunately, the 6-foot-1, 181-pound wideout fumbled the ball. Fortunately, the game was well out of hand by that time, but turnovers are turnovers. Buss will look to keep up the good run in another tough matchup against Boise State.
Aug 30 - 10:32 PM

UConn redshirt senior QB David Pindell completed 27-of-41 passes for 266 yards with a touchdown and an interception and ran for 157 yards and a score in a 56-17 loss to UCF on Thursday.

Pindell (6'0/192) had a huge statistical game, but it wasn't really indicative of how he played. He missed several throws, and had a big turnover near the end of the first half that pretty much eliminated UConn from being in the game. That being said, the speed is obvious, and he made several UCF defenders miss; including his run for a score from 14 yards out to make it 56-17 near the end of the fourth. Another tough matchup comes next week for Pindell, as he and the Huskies face Boise State.
Aug 30 - 10:22 PM

Connecticut redshirt freshman RB Zavier Scott is listed at the top of the depth chart for their game against UCF on Thursday.

This is a bit of a surprise, as sophomore tailback Kevin Mensah was expected to be act as the starter to begin the season. Scott (6'1/205) has clearly impressed in camp, however, and reportedly has run a 4.38 40-yard-dash time. Expect Mensah to get plenty of touches as well, but Scott is intriguing because of his size/speed combination. The question will be if the Connecticut offensive line can open holes for either.
Aug 26 - 10:51 AM

UConn redshirt senior QB David Pindell will start the opener against UCF.

Pindell (6'0/192) was considered a heavy frontrunner for this gig, as he received a three-game cup of starting coffee last year while filling in for the injured Bryant Shirreffs. For the campaign as a whole, he saw the field in seven games, throwing for 937 yards with a 4/6 TD/INT ratio in that space while rushing for an additional 289 yards and three scores. As the numbers would indicate, it wasn't the sharpest of showings overall, but we'll see if he can find a bit more of a consistent groove with an offseason to prepare for a leading role.
Aug 22 - 12:34 PM

UConn redshirt junior RB Donevin O'Reilly sustained a torn ACL during Monday's practice.

Per Huskies HC Randy Edsall, O'Reilly suffered the serious knee injury while taking part in a special teams drill on Monday. It's a cruel blow for the 5-foot-9, 191-pound former walk-on, made all the more so by the fact that O'Reilly had been in line to start following Nate Hopkins' decision to leave the team earlier this month. With Edsall and staff now down two running backs, look for freshman Zavier Scott to see significant work upcoming, with sophomore Kevin Mensah also in the mix. O'Reilly is now almost certainly done for the season, barring a miraculous comeback.
Aug 15 - 2:47 PM

UConn redshirt sophomore RB Nate Hopkins will transfer.

Huskies HC Randy Edsall shed some light on this one, explaining on Monday that Hopkins was less than pleased when told that he would be used mostly in short-yardage and goalline situations, rather than as a down-in, down-out back. Said Edsall, "We just try to be honest." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Hopkins rushed for 343 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns. Kevin Mensah, Xavier Scott and Donevin O’Reilly (the latter a former walk-on) are prime candidates to receive additional work in the UConn backfield now that Hopkins has flown the coop. Should he transfer to another FBS program, he'll be required to sit out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA regulations. UConn opens the campaign against UCF on Aug. 30.
Aug 7 - 11:14 AM

UConn AD David Benedict said that "[w]e need our fan base to step up and be accountable."

"You’ve got support the programs through thick and thin. That’s what great programs do. We have to try to re-engage our fan base and get them to start buying into that," Benedict said. UConn averaged around 20,335 souls in their home games last year, essentially filling the stadium halfway. Some of the larger FCS programs on the landscape bring in bigger crowds than that. To be fair to the fanbase, the Huskies have turned in back-to-back 3-9 campaigns, though the offense was an underrated fun watch a year ago.
Jul 28 - 12:11 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that UConn redshirt junior T Matt Peart has "shown more flashes than consistency but has upside."

"He’s a nice-sized tackle who moves relatively well in a small area," notes the analyst of the 6-foot-7, 301-pound Peart. After taking a redshirt his first year on campus, the offensive lineman immediately pushed his way to the fore with the Huskies. He's started 12 games each of the past two seasons. At this juncture, Pauline assigns him a UDFA grade for next spring's draft.
Jul 12 - 11:39 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Connecticut redshirt safety Marshe Terry as the top NFL draft prospect on the Huskies' roster for 2018.

Pauline says that Terry has a chance to be the "next big prospect" to come out of the UConn defensive backfield -- for a program without much success, they sure have had their share of prospects in that area -- and while he only gives him a sixth-round grade, it sounds like that could improve with a big season in 2018. "Terry has excellent size (6'4/206), plays aggressive football and is constantly around the ball," he writes. "He also comes with solid ball skills, although I question his deep speed." Pauline also notes that he finished last year strong, so there appears to be some helium here. Terry is definitely a name to keep an eye on.
Jun 25 - 3:54 PM

Jets selected Connecticut DT Foley Fatukasi with the No. 180 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Fatukasi (6’4/318), whose full first name is "Folorunso," was a three-year starter and four-year contributor on the Huskies’ defensive line, tallying 19 career tackles for loss with 14 sacks and four forced fumbles. A high-end athlete with 70th-percentile SPARQ results, Fatukasi wins with powerful size, long arms (34 1/8"), and plus movement ability, and has a chance to develop into a three-down interior space eater. Initially, Fatukasi would likely be best utilized in an early-down, run-stopping rotational role.
Apr 28 - 3:59 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared UConn DT Folorunso Fatukasi to Jacksonville Jaguars DL Abry Jones.

"Fatukasi is raw but talented and offers a well-built, versatile defender who can be played at a variety of positions by teams who employ varied defensive fronts," Zierlein writes. He believes with the proper coaching, it's not beyond the pale that the 6-foot-4, 318-pounder might eventually work his way in as a starter at the pro level. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Fatukasi tested out fantastically, posting a composite score in the 69th percentile of NFL interior defensive linemen. That was the third-best mark at his position, trailing only Florida's Taven Bryant (97th percentile) and Cal's James Looney (93rd percentile). Zierlein hits up the UConn defender with a grade for Rounds 3-4 later this month.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 4:33 PM

UConn HC Randy Edsall said that he would be in favor of playing student-athletes.

A report from Yahoo Sports broke on Friday revealing that several college basketball players -- including Michigan State's Miles Bridges and Duke's Wendell Carter -- had accepted payment from the offices of former agent Andy Miller. This once again sparked conversation about the long-discussed possibility that collegiate athletes should simply be paid, period. Edsall took to Twitter to call college football a "farm system," writing that college football programs "will employee more people in their scouting departments than the NFL and still not [pay] the players with all the money being brought into the Conferences." Change to the current system is probably still a ways away, if it's coming at all, but the discussion's not going to stop.
Feb 23 - 3:03 PM


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