Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Familiar names on UConn roster

UConn posted its fall roster on its official site earlier today as as the UConn Report picked up on, receiver Ricky Gutierrez, fullback Wyatt Vinci and defensive end Jonathan Louis are not on the roster.

By my count, 12 players who were listed on the spring roster are not on the current roster. Besides the trio of Gutierrez, Louis and Vinci also missing are running back Eric Brainard (who led all rushers with 12 yards in the spring game), tight end Mark Hansson (which it was previously reported will not be with the program in 2013) and North Haven's Chris Matteis. None of the 12 players are listed as having been letterwinners.

On the other side of things, thee were some names that caught my eye including former Cheshire High quarterback Michael Ecke, former Valley Regional kicker Rick Harrison and former Hand High receiver Nick Vitale are on the roster. Of the trio the player who intrigues me the most is Vitale who was a game-breaking receiver and dynamic return specialist cut from the mold of a Nick Williams. As a senior Vitale had 11 touchdown receptions for Hand. Vitale originally enrolled at Stony Brook. It will be interesting to see if the speedy Vitale can work his way into the rotation for playing time at receiver or as a punt/kickoff returner.

I posted a video I put together on Vitale for a story I wrote when he was a senior at Hand.

Also, four of the 25 players who signed with UConn in the most recent recruiting list are not on the roster meaning they are headed for prep school. The list includes defensive tackle Michael Boland, tight end Jordan Fuchs (heading to Milford Academy), linebacker Chris Britton and offensive lineman Chasz Wright.

Any interesting note is that I count 29 true freshmen on the UConn roster and five are quarterbacks as Tim Boyle, Richard Lagow and Kivon Taylor are joined by Ecke and fellow walk-on Liam Salquist.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

nick had NO biz going to stonybrook no dis. but heS one of the best to step on the field in ct, the blood runs beeter east. 5 OR6 big boys. LOVE HIM HE IS STEP HIGHER THAN THE REAST IT A GOOD DAY AT UCONN. HE IS THE NEXT NEXT.NFL SLOT HE GENTMEN.ITS .A GREATDAY FOR UCONN MAY TAKE THE SPOT

August 02, 2013 12:36 AM 

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