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UConn S Obi Melifonwu has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Melifonwu stands a large 6-foot-3 and 217-pounds. UConn frequently uses split safeties, so there will be plenty of snaps where Melifonwu puts his foot in the dirt and attacks pass catchers upfield. It will be interesting to see if teams view Melifonwu as a pure safety, a third safety who plays in the box, or a possible linebacker conversion due to his size.
Nov 18 - 9:34 AM

UConn senior WR Noel Thomas caught four passes for 32 yards in Friday's 21-0 loss to Temple.

Thomas entered Friday's action on an absolute roll, having ripped off six consecutive games of 100-plus yards receiving. Temple was having none of that. The Owls ultimately limited the 6-foot-1, 202-pound senior to his lowest yardage total of the 2016 campaign. For the season as a whole, Thomas is working to an 87-1090-3 receiving line over 10 games.
Nov 5 - 11:24 AM

UConn senior WR Noel Thomas caught seven passes for 135 yards in Saturday's 41-3 loss to East Carolina.

Poor, poor Noel Thomas. UConn's big dog receiver has recorded six consecutive games of at least 100 yards receiving, but much of that work has fallen in vain. The Huskies are currently stumbling through a three-game losing streak. No matter for interested fantasy parties, as the team's overall struggles have done nothing to blunt the individual brilliance being displayed week in and week out by the 6-foot-1, 202-pound wideout. Through nine games, Thomas is working on an 83-1058-3 receiving line. The touchdowns aren't flowing like water in this offense, but the rest of Thomas' numbers here are aces.
Oct 29 - 3:44 PM

UConn senior WR Noel Thomas caught nine passes for 165 yards in the school's 24-16 loss to UCF.

Thomas was the best player on the field in this game. Hiss 33 yard catch was a diving grab in double coverage, with both defensive backs trailing the receiver. UConn's next leading receiver accounted for 20 yards. This is already Thomas' best season of his career.
Oct 22 - 4:31 PM

UConn redshirt senior S Obi Melifonwu had an interception in UConn's loss to South Florida on Saturday.

Melifonwu leads the Huskies in tackles. "At 6-2, 215 pounds he has a good size for his position, and his athleticism isn't a question, either; I've seen him come up in run support and make stops, and I've seen him play the deep middle of the field and cover a lot of ground," ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote. "I think the senior is a fourth-round pick at this point with the potential to rise after the all-star games are played."
Source: ESPN
Oct 20 - 8:36 PM

UConn redshirt freshman LB Nazir Williams and redshirt freshman DL Felton Blackwell have been suspended following a Wednesday arrest on weapons charges.

Williams and Blackwell were pulled over on Wednesday night, initially due to a headlight issue. When officers approached, they smelled marijuana and asked to search the vehicle. Per the police report, officers found approximately four grams of marijuana, an open container of vodka and a loaded BB gun. That BB gun was one of two in the vehicle. Both Williams and Blackwell have been charged with possessing weapons in a motor vehicle, while Williams has also been charged with marijuana possession and possession of alcohol by a minor.
Oct 20 - 2:36 PM

UConn sophomore RB Arkeel Newsome rushed for 116 yards on only 14 carries in Saturday's 20-9 victory over Cincinnati.

The Huskies' punchless offense once again turned to Newsome to move the chains. He did exactly that today, churning out over eight yards per carry. Over half the damage came on one 67-yard jaunt. With this win, UConn squared its record at 3-3.
Oct 8 - 3:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Connecticut junior CB Jamar Summers "has spoken with agents about exploring his next level options."

This is where it gets awkward, because, as the analyst notes, "unless he quickly turns it around his best course of action is returning to UConn." Indeed, it's been a rough fall for the forward-looking Summers. "The junior corner was considered a lock second day pick off his tremendous 2015 campaign but his game has taken a step back this year," Pauline wrote. "He’s been burnt badly in consecutive weeks against Syracuse then Houston and has played more like a late round prospect."
Oct 5 - 1:25 PM

Connecticut senior WR Noel Thomas caught 14 passes for 111 yards in Saturday's 31-24 loss to Syracuse.

No touchdowns for Thomas, but a fine effort overall. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound senior has surpassed 70 yards receiving in all four of UConn's games to date and has now notched a pair of double-digit reception efforts. For the season as a whole, Thomas is working to a 40-388-1 receiving line.
Sep 24 - 4:50 PM

In Saturday's win over Virginia, UConn redshirt senior S Obi Melifonwu led the Huskies with 11 tackles.

He now has 25 in three games. "The senior safety goes 220-pounds and plays with solid instincts and awareness," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. "Some scouts question his physicality but in many ways Melifonwu reminds me of a poor man’s Su’a Cravens; a solid last day pick that could line up at strong safety or potentially as a one gap linebacker." Melifonwu was third on the Huskies in tackles with 88 last year. He also finished second on the team with five pass break-ups and collected two tackles for a loss and two interceptions.
Sep 22 - 6:09 PM

UConn sophomore RB Arkeel Newsome rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 13-10 win over Virginia.

Almost half of Newsome's yardage came courtesy of a 38-yard run, his long rush of the afternoon. The 5-foot-7, 182-pounder averaged a healthy 5.9 YPC in the low-scoring win. Overall, this was Newsome's best rushing effort of the 2016 campaign. He has rushed for 130 yards. Look elsewhere for fantasy fun.
Sep 17 - 4:57 PM

Arkeel Newsome was unable to gain much traction in Thursday's 24-21 win over Maine, rushing for 40 yards on 15 carries.

Newsome averaged just 2.7 YPC in the win. His longest run went for a paltry eight yards. The 5-foot-7, 182-pounder did manage a two-yard touchdown with 6:36 remaining in the contest to knot the score at 21-all. The Huskies would go on to win it on a 37-yard Bobby Puyol field goal with 11 seconds remaining. Last season, Newsome rushed for 788 yards (4.3 YPC) and six touchdowns. Respectable enough numbers, but there isn't much fantasy intrigue here in most formats.
Sep 1 - 10:25 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks UConn redshirt junior DT Folorunso Fatukasi as the No. 101 overall player in college football.

Fatukasi finished last season as the team leader with eight tackles for a loss. He ranked third in sacks with seven and had three QB hits and 20 hurries on his 341 rushes. Fatukasi also forced four fumbles and had 50 tackles. As PFF's Steve Palazzolo points out, Fatukasi has graded out at a sensational +52.8 overall on 1,136 snaps over his first two years, including a +28.3 overall grade (No. 13 among returning DTs) last season as he "took strides as a pass rusher."
Jul 6 - 2:49 PM

UConn and HC Bob Diaco agreed to a two-year contract extension.

Though Diaco is only 8-17 across two seasons, he led the Huskies to a respectable 6-7 showing and a St. Pete Bowl appearance last season. Diaco, a former Notre Dame defensive coordinator, is now under contract through 2020.
May 16 - 4:14 PM

UConn S Junior Lee has worked out for the Jets, Giants and Colts.

This according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. During the UConn Pro Day, Lee -- who was buried on the depth chart as a third safety during his time with the Huskies -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds and showed respectable explosivity through a 37-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-6 broad jump. His lack of exposure in college could hinder his already thin-ice hopes of a Day 3 selection in this month's draft.
Apr 16 - 2:23 PM


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