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An AFC college scouting director praised the versatility of UConn S Obi Melifonwu and Boston College S John Johnson.

"They did a nice job at both spots," he said. "I wouldn't want them to play outside extensively, but they are certainly capable of playing on the island in spots. ... Every team is looking for a guy who can (handle) dual responsibilities in this league." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks believes Melifonwu and Johnson could be used to defend move-TEs like Jordan Reed and Travis Kelce in spread formations. "Each defender showed outstanding athleticism, instincts and awareness in 1-on-1 and team drills," he wrote of their Senior Bowl work. "They were comfortable guarding receivers in space, and they were athletic enough to do so utilizing off or press techniques."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 5:56 PM

UConn S Obi Melifonwu met with the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and New York Jets on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder has been drawing Day 2 buzz following his impressive Senior Bowl week. "Melifonwu has the prototypical frame of an NFL safety, and the well-rounded skill set teams love at the position," wrote Luke Easterling. "He’s been impressive all week, showing rare fluidity and comfort in man coverage for a defensive back his size, and his willingness to mix it up in the box hasn’t gone unnoticed, either." Pro Football Focus graded Melifonwu as the No. 24 safety in the country last season.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 30 - 3:16 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo writes that UConn S Obi Melifonwu "may blow up at [the] combine."

PFF graded Melifonwu as the No. 24 safety in the country for the past campaign. While the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder worked as a safety with the Huskies, Palazzolo notes that he has also put in work at corner during the Senior Bowl practice week. He could also potentially convert to linebacker at the next level given his size. This past season, he registered a stellar 118 tackles (2.5 for loss) and four interceptions over the course of 12 games played. He could land as a Day 3 pick in the draft. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects him as a fifth- or sixth-rounder.
Jan 27 - 7:39 PM

Former South Carolina graduate RB David Williams transferred to UConn.

As a graduate, Williams is eligible to play for the Huskies immediately. Williams was a consensus top-150 prep recruit, but he never really panned out for the Gamecocks. He finishes his time at South Carolina having rushed for 794 yards and five touchdowns on 187 attempts in three seasons.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 25 - 1:32 PM

Uconn hired Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee to the same position.

It's surprising that Lashlee would leave longtime mentor Gus Malzahn -- once upon a time, Lashlee was an Arkansas high school quarterback on a team coached by Malzahn -- but he reportedly wanted to get out from under Malzahn's shadow. He moves on to be a part of Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall's first staff. UConn's offense was dreadful last year, finishing dead last in the AAC in points (14.8) and total yards (320) per game.
Source: ESPN
Jan 12 - 12:36 PM

UConn hired Randy Edsall to be the school's next head coach.

Edsall coached the Huskies from 1999-2010 before leaving for Maryland. After being fired by the Terps, Edsall spent the 2016 season with the Detroit Lions. This is a retread hire for the Huskies, but it makes sense. Edsall had plenty of success at UConn and school officials likely wanted someone more familiar after Bob Diaco's failure.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 11:52:00 AM

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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 09:34:00 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.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 11:24:00 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.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 03:44:00 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.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 04:31:00 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
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 08:36:00 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.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 02:36:00 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.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 03:21:00 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."
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 01:25:00 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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 04:50:00 PM


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