Thursday, July 30, 2015

31 UConn players earn All-AAC academic honors

The American Athletic Conference announced that 235 student-athletes made the conference's all-academic team during the 2014-15.

A total of 31 UConn football players were on the list including linebacker, team captain Marquise Vann, starting receiver Deshon Foxx, starting offensive linemen Alex Mateas and Andreas Knappe, safety Obi Melifonwu, kicker Bobby Puyol and punter Justin Wain.

Here's the list:
Joseph Bivona, Alec Bloom, Kyle Bockeloh, John-Luke Bogue, Jeremy Claflin, Chris DeBerry, Deshon Foxx, Alex Gallaer, Steve Hashemi, Thomas Hopkins, Andreas Knappe, Dominick Manco, Ellis Marder, Sean Marinan, Josh Marriner, Alex Mateas, Obi Melifonwu, Adam Mueller, Daniel Oak, Andrew Paluch, Bryan Paull, Angelo Pruitt, Bobby Puyol, Will Rishell, Kyle Schafenacker, Bryant Shirreffs, Jason Thompson, Anthony Tully, Marquise Vann, Justin Wain, William Weyrauch

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

UConn's Crozier to miss season; TE Williams to transfer in

There is some news to report on the UConn football team beginning with some bad news as projected starting center Ryan Crozier will miss the upcoming season due to a lower-body injury.

Crozier started the last three games of the season at left offensive guard but was being moved to center to replace the graduated Alex Mateas. Although he has never played a game at center, he was one of 63 players named to the Rimington Trophy watch list.

Crozier played as a true freshman so he will use the 2015 season to redshirt and have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Dan Oak, who redshired last season, was one of the early candidates to replace Mateas so perhaps he will move into the starting role.

The news wasn't all bad as UConn added former Northern Iowa tight end Billy Williams as a transfer.
The 6-foot-3 Williams is a native of Knoxville, Tenn. who had two catches for 94 yards as a freshman in 2014. He is currently enrolled in summer school but will need to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Former UConn TE McQuillan eligible for NFL Supplemental Draft

Former UConn tight end Sean McQuillan is one of nine players eligible for next week's NFL supplemental draft according to a tweet from Michael Signora, NFL Vice President for Football Communications.

McQuilan joined receiver Deshon Foxx, currently in camp with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent as the only skill position players to start every game for the Huskies during the 2014 season.

He was being talked up by UConn coach Bob Diaco as having a key role in the upcoming season. However, McQuillan was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct after an alleged fight with his roommate. McQuillan finished up with the classes he needed to graduate and then the university declined to admit him for graduate school ending his run with the football program.

The 6-foot-3, 239 pound McQuillan caught 41 passes over the last two seasons and he had the only touchdown in UConn's spring game.

Clemson OT Isaiah Battle, West Georgia DE Darius Caldwell, Houston DE Eric Eiland, Kansas DB Kevin Short, West Georgia DT Dalvon Stuckey, North Carolina Central receiver Adrian Wilkins join McQuillan as players eligible for the supplemental draft.
The supplemental draft is set for July 9. Teans forfeit the pick for each player they select so a first-round pick will result in a team losing its first-round selection in the upcoming draft. Ten players have been taken in the supplemental draft from 2002-11 but quarterback Terrelle Pryor, selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round in 2011, is the last player to be selected in the supplemental draft.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Torrington's Chris DeBerry now a grad assistant at UConn

It's been quite the journey for Torrington's Chris DeBerry, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship for his senior year. I just happened to took a look at UConn's staff directory and DeBerry is listed as one of the four graduate assistants with the football program.

David DeBoer, Nick Lezynski and Tyler Stockton are set to return for the second seasons as grad assistants while DeBerry should be replacing Josh Zidenberg who is now the assistant secondary coach and special teams co-coordinator at Virginia Military Institute.

I never got around to reporting this, but the Sept. 12 home game against Army is slated for a noon kickoff and will air on CBS Sports Network. That means that the kickoff times for four of the first five games as well as the Oct. 30 home game against East Carolina have been announced.

The season opener against Villanova on Sept. 3 will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on SNY. ESPNU will show the Sept. 19 game at Missouri that will kick off at noon, the Oct. 2 contest at BYU will begin at 10:15 p.m. and air on ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise the 7 p.m. East Carolina game on Oct. 30.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Suffield Academy DB Herring commits to UConn

For the second time in three years the UConn football program has received a commitment from a highly-touted Suffield Academy product.

Brice McAllister wasted little time making an impact as he made seven tackles as a true freshman in 2014. Now Tahj Herring has followed the same route as he announced his commitment on his Twitter account.

Herring made 28 tackles and had four interceptions as a junior. Herring averaged 21 yards on his 23 catches including a 90-yard reception and also returned a fumble 99 yards for a score. He helped Suffield Academy record four shutouts in nine games en route to beating Cheshire Academy 31-28 to win the New England Super Bowl title. Herring, a Hartford native, has played at Suffield Academy since he was an eighth grade and Suffield has a 33-3 record since Herring's arrival.

I am very truly blessed to say that I have committed to the University of Connecticut!!!!!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Illinois receiver Quayvon Skanes commits to UConn

The next group of UConn incoming freshmen isn't expected to number much more than 15 (if it gets that high) and at this rate, that number could be reached before July 4 or the time I get the power back at my house.

The constant flood of verbal commitments continued today when Quayvon Skanes, a 6-foot-1 receiver out of Phillips High School in Chicago, became the fourth player to commit to the Huskies.

Skanes, who caught 41 passes including 12 for touchdowns as a junior, announced his decision on his Twitter account.

I'll be committing to the University of Connecticut #BleedBlue #Humbled

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune Skanes has a 3.7 grade-point average and Illinois and Iowa are among the teams to have offered him a scholarship.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hahn becomes UConn's third Class of 2016 commit

Eddie Hahn committed to UConn becoming the third pledge from Class of 2016

Blessed and honored to say that I have committed to the University of Connecticut🐾🏈 #Huskies

Hahn completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,485 yards with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions while running for 531 yards and 12 more scores. However, he is likely to move over to defense at UConn. He had 32 tackles including two for a loss while intercepting two passes as a junior at Red Bank Catholic.

UConn's Diaco thrilled to welcome freshmen to campus

The newest additions to the UConn football team arrived on campus over the weekend and nobody was happier to see them there than head coach Bob Diaco.

"It is great and the veterans have completely embraced them, showed them the ropes, teaching them our culture and how we do our business and what the school is about," Diaco said after competing in the charity mini-golf event at the Travelers Championship along with UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey. "It is fun to watch them during their first week here, it is fun to watch them train, trying to learn movements. It is an awesome time.

"I am excited to watch everybody make gains, from Marquise Vann to Graham (Stewart) and all the way down to guys who just got here like Connor (Freeborn) and Tyler (Davis)."

He is also happy to see the preferred walk-ons including Valley Regional three-sport captain Chris Jean-Pierre, who was named the Register's Male Athlete of the Year last night.

"All the guys are like that," Diaco said. "They are all multi-jobs guys on strong teams, they have long histories of success and good to great students. If you have a recipe like that, good to great students who are incredibly athletic, winners, multi-sport, multi-job guys, how can you not like guys like that.
We are looking for competitors and teammates."

As for the mini-golf event, the UConn team did not win but Diaco still enjoyed the experience.

"It is just great to be here, to do an activity that is other centered and the proceeds going to all these other awesome charities whether I was representing UConn football or not, I would like to be a part of it," Diaco said. "To come and spread the word, talk about the football team and the young men that represent it is awesome. I will do it any time I can.

"I was better than last year. The course, I think was the same, so that helps and maybe next year I will keep getting better and better. Hole in one on the last one."

Last but not least, with P. Diddy arrested after getting into an argument with UCLA strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi due to the treatment of his son, I got Diaco's thoughts on how he handles meetings with unhappy parents.

"I don't know what happened," Diaco said. "There are three sides to every story. There is the coaches' side, the parent's side and somewhere in between is what happened. I have no idea of what happened.

"I think communication helps that. You communicate with respect, love and care and even if it is something that they don't want to hear and they are not participating more than they would like to or more than their family thinks that they should,  if the communication is right you work through it."

It was previously announced that the Oct. 2 game at BYU would start at 10:15 p.m. Today BYU put it out there that the game will be televised by ESPN2. It was originally listed as either an ESPN or ESPN2 game.