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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

UConn hired Delaware special teams coordinator Eddie Allen to serve in the same capacity.

Allen has been working on special teams with Delaware since 2014. Prior to that job, he was on staff with Rhode Island from 2008-13. This new gig with UConn will be his first at the FBS level since he served as a graduate assistant at Rutgers back in 2007.
Feb 20 - 12:25 PM

Connecticut hired Frank Giufre to be their new OL coach.

Giufre comes to Hartford via Indianapolis, as he was an offensive quality control coach for the Colts for the last six seasons. His last collegiate coaching experience was at Maine where he coached from 2007-2011. He'll replace J.B. Grimes, who left to become the offensive line coach at Auburn after nine years at UConn.
Jan 28 - 12:12 PM

Connecticut S Jamar Summers met with the Texans and the Jets.

Summers played safety and corner in hist time at Connecticut, but he has reportedly mostly been at safety over the week's practices of the East-West Shrine Game. His versatility should see him earn late-round picks. Special teams will also be important for the 5-foot-11, 198-pound defensive back, and we should see him play there during the Shrine Game on Saturday.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 7:34 PM

UConn hired Chicago Bears offensive assistant John Dunn to serve as offensive coordinator.

Dunn had worked for the Bears for the past two seasons. This will be the 34-year-old's first full-time coordinating gig. He previously worked with Huskies HC Randy Edsall at Maryland from 2011-15. As for the offense that he'll be bringing to bear, here, Edsall said, "We're going to be a multiple, no-huddle offense that is going to use tempo, formations and other things to create advantages." Dunn is expected to beef up drop-back concepts and meld them with the no-huddle/tempo concepts already in place -- his background in the NFL was appealing for this reason, in part.
Jan 12 - 3:12 PM

Connecticut senior DB Jamar Summers accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Summers looked like a potential star after his sophomore year when he intercepted eight passes, but hasn't had that level of success in his upperclassmen years, although he did have 63 tackles over his senior season. He's currently projected as a late-round pick, with some questions about whether or not he'll play safety or corner at the highest level.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 06:13:00 PM

UConn redshirt senior DT Folorunso Fatukasi accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Fatukasi is an intriguing talent who could really help himself with a big pre-draft process. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder has flashed during his college career, but he's also disappeared for long stretches. He had 7.5 sacks and 8.0 TFL during a breakout sophomore campaign and then never topped those numbers. Last year, Fatukasi fell off to 2.5/2.5 before rebounding with 4.0/7.5 this fall. Last month, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote that Fatukasi has the "size, quickness and athleticism to play at the next level but must step up his production."
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 12:37:00 PM

UConn redshirt junior QB David Pindell completed 27-of-51 passes for 273 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 95 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 22-21 loss to Cincinnati.

Pindell -- who has closed out the season as starter in place of Bryant Shirreffs (concussion) -- led the Huskies with his 95 yards on the ground. He also achieved decent overall passing numbers, albeit requiring 51 attempts to get there. The 6-foot, 192-pounder posted at least 95 yards rushing in two of his three starts down the stretch, but managed just a 4/5 TD/INT ratio after taking over for Shirreffs.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 03:25:00 PM

UConn freshman RB Kevin Mensah ran 16 times for 115 yards with a touchdown in a 39-16 loss to Boston College on Saturday.

Mensah's yardage total is basically based on one play, as he scored from 70 yards out in the middle of the fourth quarter to make it 39-10 Boston College. Still, the freshman tailback has shown promise this year, as he's scored in three of the last four games. UConn will end their year next week against Boston College.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10:48:00 PM

UConn redshirt junior QB David Pindell will close out the season as starter with Bryant Shirreffs (concussion) done for the year.

Pindell (6'0/192) will end the season as he began it, as UConn's starter. He lost the job to Shirreffs in Week 1 and then scarcely played until last week against UCF, when he started in place of an injured Shirreffs. Pindell has thrown for 423 yards with a 2/2 TD/INT rate this year.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 07:11:00 PM

UConn senior QB Bryant Shirreffs (concussion) will not play again this season.

The news officially ends Shirreffs' collegiate career. Shirreffs suffered the concussion against South Florida a few weeks ago and missed last Saturday’s loss at Central Florida. He met with UConn HC Randy Edsall on Tuesday morning to tell him that he didn't intend to play next week’s season finale at Cincinnati even if he's medically cleared. Shirreffs (6'2/210) broke out this season, going 171-of-260 for 2,287 yards and a 14/5 TD/INT rate. David Pindell will finish out the season as starter.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 06:31:00 PM

UConn redshirt senior DT Folorunso Fatukasi "has never really improved from his outstanding sophomore season of 2015," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"With three games left he’s totaled 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks- all below his production from three years ago," Pauline wrote. "Fatukasi has the size, quickness and athleticism to play at the next level but must step up his production." The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Fatukasi posted 123 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 TFL between 2015-2016. He was once considered a Day 2 prospect.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 04:25:00 PM

UConn will start redshirt junior QB David Pindell in place of the injured Bryant Shirreffs for Saturday's game at Central Florida.

Shirreffs sustained a concussion last week against South Florida. Pindell (6'1/185), a JUCO transfer, won the job out of camp but was quickly yanked for Shirreffs in the opener.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 04:58:00 PM


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