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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

UConn sophomore TE Tommy Myers (leg) is shooting for a return at spring practice.

A left leg injury kept Myers out of the final two games of the 2015 campaign. He's in the midst of rehabbing it at the moment and hopes he'll be able to participate in spring practice. Said the 6-foot-5, 255-pound sophomore, "I'm doing everything with the team and working out as much as possible, but being back for spring practice is the ultimate goal, not rushing anything now." This past season, he caught 16 passes for 232 yards (14.5 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.
Jan 21 - 10:48 PM

UConn junior QB Tim Boyle will transfer.

Boyle's yet to announce his transfer destination. He opened speculation with a tweet that read "One door closes, another one opens" before subsequently confirming that a transfer's in the works. When he wasn't dabbling in intentionally vague tweets, the 6-foot-3, 224-pound junior spent the 2015 campaign playing sparingly. He completed 31-of-60 passes for 281 yards and two interceptions. For his career, Boyle holds a sad panda 1/13 TD/INT ratio.
Jan 17 - 8:00 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang noted that Connecticut redshirt senior S Andrew Adams " has shown a knack for being in the right place at the right time."

Rang did offer a word of caution, writing that Adams "lacks the elite size-speed combination of an early-round choice." This season, the 6-foot, 197-pound redshirt senior has recorded 103 tackles (3.5 for loss) with three interceptions and three pass breakups. Rang concluded that "[Adams'] instincts, reliable open-field tackling and ball skills should earn him Day Three consideration for teams in need of help at safety and on special teams."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Connecticut sophomore CB Jamar Summers recorded his eighth interception of the season in Saturday's 16-10 loss to Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Summers recorded six interceptions over the last five games early in the fourth quarter, when the Huskies were down 13-10. Unfortunately, UConn, as has been the case all year, was unable to capitalize offensively. The 6-foot, 185-pound Summers is not yet draft eligible and hasn't been discussed much by the NFL for that reason, but he figures to get some love from analysts and scouts this summer due to his work down the stretch.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 03:34:00 PM

UConn sophomore QB Bryant Shirreffs (head) is expected to play in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Shirreffs suffered a blow to the head in the first quarter of the Huskies' second-to-last game against Houston. He subsequently sat out the team's 27-3 loss to Temple on November 28. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound sophomore's been cleared to practice without limitation, though, and should start against Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl on December 26. Prior to the injury, he was completing 60.3% of his passes for 1,992 yards and a 9/7 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 07:02:00 PM

Connecticut (6-6) will play Marshall (9-3) in the St. Petersburg Bowl on December 26.

The Thundering Herd are 4.5-point favorites. To win this game, the Huskies are going to have to find a way to manufacture some semblance of an offense. They rank No. 116 in yards per play, No. 123 in yards per game and No. 117 in points per possession, ineptitude that the coaching staff mitigates as best they can by playing at an adjusted pace ranked No. 121. The Huskies' defense is decent but not as good as you'd expect of a unit that dragged an offense that bad to bowl eligibility, playing a bend-but-don't style that buckles down in the red zone. Without RB Devon Johnson, Marshall's ground attack has stagnated. Fortunately, frosh QB Chase Litton is the real deal. He'll have to contend with UConn CB Jamar Summers, who has intercepted seven balls in the last eight games.
Source: SB Nation
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:23:00 PM

UConn sophomore RB Arkeel Newsome rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in Friday's 31-13 win over East Carolina.

Holy breakout, Batman! Newsome had not recorded more than 85 yards rushing in any of his eight games prior to Friday's showdown with East Carolina. He smashed that mark and then some on Friday. Indeed, one of Newsome's carries went for 90 yards just by itself. The 5-foot-7, 182-pound sophomore averaged 7.2 YPC in Friday's victory. For the season, he's rushed for 591 yards and six touchdowns.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 11:39:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Connecticut redshirt senior S Andrew Adams is a "legitimate late round choice that can help at the next level as a dime back/special teamer."

The 6-foot, 197-pound Adams posted just 3 tackles on the day versus Missouri, but Pauline notes that Adams was "was constantly around the action, making plays sideline to sideline in coverage and against the run." Last year the UConn prospect recorded 96 tackles and eight pass breakups, while leading the Huskies in interceptions with 4.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 02:02:00 PM


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