Tuesday, July 31, 2012
UConn picked to finish sixth in the Big East
Louisville received 24 of the 28 first-place votes and is the preseason No. 1 pick. South Florida (four first-place votes) was selected second followed by Rutgers, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, UConn, Syracuse and Temple
Monday, July 30, 2012
Another reported commitment
The 6-foot-4 Schafenacker was part of an offensive line which allowed St. Thomas Aquinas to average more than 180 rushing yards per game in 2011 and the Raiders ran for 34 touchdowns in 12 games last season.
New Jersey DB/WR commits to UConn
Summers ran 13 times for 91 yards and one touchdown while catching 28 passes for 580 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior at Orange High. On defense he had 25 tackles and three interceptions.
Summers had a pair of 100-yard receiving games in 2011. In a win over Newark Central Summer caught three passes for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns and in a first-round playoff loss to Caldwell he caught five passes for 131 yards and a touchdowns. He also threw for 165 yards in a win over Barringer and ran three times for 112 yards including an 80-yard TD in a win over Glen Ridge.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Looking forward to a new challenge, assignment
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Teggart waived by Bears
According to a ESPNChicago blog post, Teggart was informed of the decision before Friday's practice.
Teggart was signed by the Bears after working out at Chicago's minicamp in May.
Teggart set nearly every kicking record at UConn from 2008-2009. He finished 128 of 129 on extra points, had 74 field goals including a 52 yarder against South Florida in 2010 which clinched a spot in a BCS bowl game.
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Friday, July 27, 2012
2012 roster is up
Former Xavier High star Graham Stewart, who transferred from Florida, is on the roster (and has been given No. 24) as is freshman lineman Andreas Knappe from Denmark, who is listed as a defensive tackle.
Looking at the roster from the final game of the 2011 season, I see 12 players with eligibility remaining who are not on the roster:
Linebacker Andrew Opoku (has transferred to Delaware)
Safety Jerome Junior (dismissed from team)
Cornerback Tevrin Brandon (dismissed from team)
Linebacker Matt Edwards (graduated)
Fullback Brendan McLaughlin
Cornerback Chris Lopes (transferred to Sacramento State)
Fullback Mark Hinkley (transferred to Bryant)
Linebacker Jerome Williams (previously reported that he would be transferring)
Tight end Corey Manning (graduated)
Tight end Teddy Baker (transferred to Wesleyan)
Tight end Mark Hansson
I do find it worth noting that a couple of former Southern Connecticut Conference stars received some prominent numbers. Former Hillhouse lineman and freshman center Rennick Bryan will wear No. 57 which was worn with tremendous distinction by former starting center Moe Petrus in the past four years. Also former Xavier High star Sean Marinan, a preferred walk on, was given No. 99 which was the number worn by Kendall Reyes. I also noticed at least three number changes as safety Ty-Meer Brown goes from No. 40 to No. 15 and running back Martin Hyppolite goes from No. 45 to No. 25 and Deshon Foxx, who wore No. 10 last year, is now wearing No. 4.
UConn also announced that practices will be open to the public on Tuesday Aug. 7 from 3-5:30 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 14 (3-5:30) and Saturday Aug. 18 (8:45-11:15 a.m.) on the practice fields off of Alumni Drive.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Malik Golden staying at Penn State
Golden drew quite a bit of interest from UConn when he was at Cheshire Academy before committing to Penn State leading to speculation that if he chose to transfer that the Newington native could land at UConn. That ended when Golden wrote on his twitter account Staying here at PSU. This teams about to do something special and I want to be apart of it. #weare
Also, UConn received a commitment from defensive back Javon Hadley out of Palmetto High in Miami. Here is a link to a site which includes a video of Hadley in action
Monday, July 23, 2012
Latest on Casey Cochran, Graham Stewart
Pasqualoni said freshman quarterback and two-time Gatorade state player of the year Casey Cochran's broken left thumb figures to hamper him for 4-6 weeks with Pasqualoni figuring it could be closer to six weeks than four.
Pasqualoni will have to wait a couple of weeks to see how bulky the cast is on Cochran's left hand to see whether he'll be able to take snaps when camp opens.
"Mentally, Casey is on top of things so he'll still be learning," Pasqualoni said, "He'll still be out there and getting reps. If he is not getting the actual physical rep, he will be getting the mental rep. It is just a matter of
'will he be able to take a snap under the center?' The shotgun stuff he will be able to handle. I don't
know how he'll configure or what they can configure with the cast so that is kind of a TBA deal, we will
have to wait and see what happens. Six weeks puts us at just about the start of the season."
As for another highly-touted former Connecticut high school star, Pasqualoni didn't have much information on whether Florida transfer and former Xavier High star Graham Stewart would be eligible this season.
"I really don't know exactly when that committee meets (to rule on Stewart's hardship request to not have to sit out a season after transferring) but obviously time is getting a little short right now," Pasqualoni said. "The good news is he does have a redshirt year because he did play last year as a true freshman so he is what I would consider a guy who has four years to play three. If it works out this year, that's great. If not, then he will practice and learn the system and still have three years with us."
I asked Pasqualoni that if every player he was expecting to be returning to the team in the fall would be doing so and he said "at this point, yeah."
Pasqualoni has been relieved that it has been a relatively quiet summer in terms of off the field issues with the current Huskies.
"You have 85 guys, it's like anything else there are going to be things that come up with 85 people," Pasqualoni said. "Not every day is going to go perfect so you just hope that there are no real big issues. You hope that the behavior issues - knock on wood - the guys have been really good but we still two weeks left. You worry about the injury stuff. They are here running and lifting. They could get hurt in the weight room they can get hurt conditioning. They can pull hamstrings, groins and all that other stuff so you are hoping
that all this stuff doesn't happen. Unfortunately for Casey, he was home riding his bike, hit the curb and fell."
Pasqualoni couldn't comment on the status of former Clemson receiver Bryce McNeal, who indicated back in January that he planned to transfer to UConn or Andreas Knappe, a 6-9 offensive line recruit from Denmark.
Of the duo, it seems as if Knappe is the more likely to play for the Huskies in the upcoming season. McNeal visited Louisville over the weekend and has yet to enroll at UConn so it figures to be more of a wait and see deal with him.
I also got a position by position breakdown from Pasqualoni but I'll probably wait to post that until we get closer to Big East media day.
I did want to pass on the fact that I created a facebook page where I will be posting links to stories, blogs and videos so feel free to go to https://www.facebook.com/UConnFootball and like the page if you wish.
Pasqualoni reacts to Penn State situation
My interview with Pasqualoni ended about 30 minutes before the sanctions were announced but still I thought I would pass on what Pasqualoni had to say.
Pasqualoni not only played for Joe Paterno but during his final three seasons with the Nittany Lions, convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was a defensive assistant at Penn State and was Pasqualoni’s position coach in the UConn coach’s final two seasons.
Following a report filed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh which stated that Paterno and Penn State’s culture contributed in allowing Sandusky to molest multiple children without appropriate action being taken to either stop the abuse or let authorities know of the allegations, the NCAA released its own findings in a press conference on Monday morning.
The NCAA levied a $60 million fine, has vacated 111 victories from 1998-2011, reduced the number of scholarships by 10 initially and 20 each year for a four-year period. Penn State has also been banned from postseason play for four years and was placed on probation for five years. Current Penn State players are allowed the transfer and will be able to play immediately.
“Not just for me because I am a Penn State grad and I played there but I just think, No. 1 it is such an unfortunate thing that whatever happened happened,” said Pasqualoni, who was a linebacker at Penn State from 1968-71.”(I am) thinking of those kids (molested by Sandusky) first. I have young kids, I have a 13, 12 and 10 (year old children) so I couldn't imagine living through that.”
Unlike the NCAA levying the “death penalty” on the Southern Methodist University football programs in the 1980s following a series of recruiting violations and improper benefits paid to football players, Penn State’s violations were not a result of trying to gain a competitive advantage.
“This is not (about) recruiting violations, this is not extra practices,” Pasqualoni said. “This territory that the NCAA is now getting into with Penn State is unprecedented territory. I, like everybody else, am just interested to see exactly what happens and I am curious how they will approach it.”
This was far from the only subject discussed. At some point later today I will have more from our interview.
UConn just sent out a statement from Pasqualoni on the Penn State penalties.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
UConn commit leads team to 7-on-7 title
Although the blog post does not mention it, there are multiple posts on twitter that the 6-foot-6 Lagow was named the tournament's MVP.
Lagow tweeted "just found out I got the tournament MVP... never could have done it without my family, coaches and teammates! #PTOWN till I die. #blessed" about being named the MVP
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
McCombs a Doak Walker Award candidate
McCombs ran for 1,151 yards in 2011 and his average of 95.9 yards per game was second among freshmen. He earned Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers' Association of America and was a second-team All-Big East selection.
Labels: Lyle McCombs
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
UConn freshman QB Cochran sidelined
UConn announced that freshman quarterback and two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year Casey Cochran suffered an injury to his left (non throwing) wrist in a biking accident and will undergo surgery later this week.
Cochran began his career at New London before transferring to Masuk and leading the Panthers to the 2010 Class L title. Cochran is among the players in contention for UConn's starting quarterback spot.
He graduated early and enrolled at UConn for the spring semester enabling him to take part in spring practice and play in the spring game. Cochran struggled in the game, completing just 4 of 15 passes for 46 yards. Cochran threw an interception and was sacked three times. Going by what I saw in the spring game, I'd have to say that Chandler Whitmer (who was 18 of 27 passing for 187 yards with two touchdowns and an interception) would be the frontrunner once fall camp opens although UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni refused to name a starter following the end of spring practice.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Jim Boeheim will miss the classic games against UConn
"It is time to move, the Big East needs to move on and we need to move on," said Boeheim, an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. "We had an unbelievable run. It has been a memorable experience but things happen. The Big East changed over the years many times and it always worked out. This will work out for us and it will work out for the Big East."
When I first heard that Syracuse would be leaving the Big East, I think my reaction is probably similar to a lot of other people in mourning the end of the classic basketball games between UConn and Syracuse including the historic six-overtime thriller won by the Orange in the 2009 Big East quarterfinals.,
"It is tough, those were great games," Boeheim said. "I can't tell you how great those games were over the years and probably the greatest game played in the Big East and a lot of other really good ones. It really will be missed, there is no question."
Monday, July 16, 2012
UConn has three players on Lombardi watch list
Big East, Syracuse make it official
Sio Moore named to Butkus Award watch list
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Fatukasi talks about his decision to commit to UConn
First, the 6-foot-4 280-pound lineman from Rockaway Park, N.Y. addressed the reasons why UConn was so appealing to him.
"It felt very convenient, it has both majors I am interested in (engineering and sports medicine). It's a great atmosphere. I've seen the campus a little bit feel like when they offered, I didn't hesitate."
While Fatukasi has aspirations of playing professionally, he said he plans on using the next four years (or five years if he redshirts) to spread his wings academically. With his eye on a masters degree once he graduates from UConn, a longer stay in Storrs could be possible.
Fatukasi is just as determined as making an impact on the field as he does in the classroom and liked what he saw and heard when he visited campus recently.
"When I went there and talked to one of the players and he said it is coming, it is growing and I want to be a part of it."
Another reported commitment
"It's a great school with great facilities," Thompson said in the Times-News story. "I really like the coaches and I think my biggest opportunity is there for things I want to accomplish."
As a junior at General McLane High Thompson ran for 292 yards and five TDs and had nine receptions with six going for touchdowns. On defense he had 80 tackles and seven sacks.
Here is a link to the story http://goerie.com/article/20120713/VARSITY01/307129851/General-McLane's-Thompson-makes-verbal-commitment-to-Connecticut
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Story on future Husky
Here is the link
Williams on Nagurski watch list
As a junior Williams led the Huskies with 12.5 sacks and had 15 tackles for losses. He enters his senior season ranking sixth all time at UConn with 19 sacks.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Ryan Griffin named to Mackey Award watch list
UConn senior tight end Ryan Griffin has been named to the Mackey Award watch list as one of the top tight ends in college football for the second straight season.
The 6-foot-6, 247-pound Griffin from Londonderry, N.H. caught 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns as a junior and heads into his final season with 87 career receptions.
Griffin had eight games with at least three catches in 2011 highlighted by five catches in an Oct. 8 game against West Virginia.
Griffin was one of 33 players named to the watch list. The semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 12 and the finalists will be named on Nov. 19. The winner of the Mackey Award will be announced on Dec. 6.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
Commitments are starting to roll in
Let's start with Lucas.
When he visited the UConn campus a couple weeks back, he left without a scholarship offer.
When the offer came from the UConn coaches the defensive back out of Paint Branch High in Burtonsville., Md. wasted little time in accepting and becoming the latest player to commit to the Huskies.
"They offered me today and I decided it was the right place for me to be," Lucas said Monday night.
"I love the school because it has a school for business and that is what I'll be majoring in. I love the coaches, Coach Matt (Cersosimo), Coach P (Paul Pasqualoni) ...."
The 6-1, 181-pound Lucas has a 35-inch vertical leap and 4.5 speed in the 40. Although he plays safety in high school and had 57 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles as a junior, the UConn coaches told Lucas he will play at either cornerback or receiver.
Lucas, a grounded enough soon to be high school senior that he requested that I credit his mom, dad, uncle and other family members for getting him to this point, is eager to build on an impressive junior season when he helped Paint Branch win its conference title, go 9-2 and reach the state playoffs.
"I want to win state title. we won our conference, made the playoffs and lost by three points," Lucas said. "This year we are going (for the championship)."
Various recruiting databases are also reporting that New York defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi has committed to UConn. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Fatukasi plays at Beach Channel High and attended UConn's football camp last month. I have a call into Fatukasi.
Finally, Dean College defensive tackle Lance Burlingame tweeted that "it's official, I'm committed to UConn one more season at Dean and I am on my way."
Burlingame had 11 tackles for losses and four sacks as a freshman at Dean.
I just got off the phone with the 6-4, 285-pound Burlingame who will have two seasons of eligibility when he suits up at UConn in 2013.
"I have been talking to UConn since the spring time," Burlingame said. "It is not too far from home so I will be near my family and it was a good fit all the way around, academically, travel wise and football.
"They (UConn) have some great players and every year they seem to improve and I want to be part of that."
Burlingame will play this fall at Dean. I remember going to a Dean game when they played Yale's JV team recently but I checked the schedule on the Dean site and there are no games scheduled for the state of Connecticut.
Burlingame credits his time at Dean for paving the way for him to land at UConn.
"Dean is a great place for me'" Burlingame said. "If it wasn't for Dean I wouldn't have the opportunity I have, the opportunity to come to UConn. The talent level, you have great players here and going up against them only makes me better."
McCombs, Williams named to national watch lists
McCombs ran for 1,151 yards to earn Freshman All-American honors while Williams had 12 1/2 sacks and 15 tackles for losses in 2011.
Semifinalists for the awards will be announced on Oct. 29, three finalists will be announced on Nov. 19 with the winners being named on Dec. 6.
Also, the College Football Performance Awards site listed all of the candidates for its awards. Ryan Griffin (tight ends), Williams (defensive line), Sio Moore (linebackers) and Nick Williams (kickoff returner) made the list in their respective positions.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Lawrence Wilson suspended for season opener
Wilson was taken by Carolina in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He played in all four preseason games in 2011 making a tackle in the preseason final against Pittsburgh. Wilson did not play in any regular season games. He was released in November after an arrest for speeding and misdeanor marijuana possession.
Wilson would be able to take part in training camp but would miss the Sep. 9 game against Washington and be eligible to return to the team on Sep. 10.
Here is a link to the report http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a5f0e4/article/lawrence-wilson-saints-lb-suspended-fined-by-nfl
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Monday, July 02, 2012
Moore, Williams on CFPA watch list
Williams, a Bridgeport native, led the Huskies 12.5 sacks and was second with 15 tackles for losses during the 2011 season. He joins Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald as the only Big East player among the 35 players in the CFPA defensive lineman list.
Moore, who is from Apex, N.C., led UConn with 55 solo tackles and 16 tackles for losses as a junior and is one of 40 players to make the CPFA watch list for linebackers.