Saturday, December 01, 2012

Swan song for seniors?

The scenario is rather simple - win and live to play one more game, lose and their collegiate careers are over.

Yes, this figures to be an emotionally-charged day for the UConn seniors. While other classes may have recorded more victories as a class, this group of seniors certainly were a productive bunch led by record-breakers Trevardo Williams and Nick Williams.

Now they will take the field against Cincinnati needing a win to become bowl eligible. With a loss, the seniors will exit with a second straight losing season. If the Huskies win, the top bowl options are the Beef O'Brady's Bowl on Dec. 21 in St. Petersburg, the Compass Bowl in Bimrngham, Ala. on Jan. 5 and Liberty Bowl in Memphis on Dec. 31.

Williams has a program record 30.5 career sacks while Williams' 2,420 combined kickoff and punt return yardage is more than any other UConn player. Williams is one of six seniors to record more than 100 career tackles while Ryan Griffin and Michael Smith gives the class a pair of players with 100 career catches.

Here's a breakdown of the headliners in this senior class
OT Jimmy Bennett 14 career starts
TE John Delahunt 28 catches, 338 yards
CB Dwayne Gratz 184 tackles, 8 interceptions
TE Ryan Griffin 113 catches (second most of any UConn tight end) for 1,415 yards and 9 TDs
DE Teddy Jennings 33 tackles, 3.5 sacks
LB Jory Johnson 218 tackles, 20 tackles for losses
DE Jesse Joseph 118 tackles, 13 sacks
OG Adam Masters 30 career tackles
QB Johnny McEntee  12 career starts, 2,136 passing yards
LB Sio Moore 271 tackles, 43 tackles for losses, 15 sacks, 4 interceptions
WR Michael Smith 101 catches for 1,275 yards and 3 TDs
WR Nick Williams 3010 all-purpose yards 
DE Trevardo Williams 134 tackles, 30.5 sacks
DT Ryan Wirth 52 tackles, 3.5 sacks
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson 178 tackles, 8 interceptions
Bennett, Jennings and Joseph are expected to apply for an additional season of eligibility.


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