Saturday, June 29, 2013
UConn commit takes in all-star game at Rentschler
Delahunt makes pro debut
Friday, June 28, 2013
Rochester QB commits to UConn
I don't have statistics on Noye from his junior season but he did have scoring runs of 77 and 80 yards and his best individual game might have come in a 50-35 loss to Hilton Central when he ran 17 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes.
Boyle, Ormsby headed to Rentschler Field
Tim Boyle, a quarterback out of Xavier High, and former Windsor High defensive end Cole Ormsby are set to take part in the Hall of Fame Classic Military Bowl on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Rentschler Field.
Boyle will play for the National Guard squad while Ormsby is a member of the Marines squad.
An intriguing story is how former rivals from Xavier and Hillhouse are now teaming up for the all-star game.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
CFL season kicks off tonight
Four UConn products are on opening day rosters as Martin Bedard is a long snapper with Montreal, John Delahunt a fullback with Hamilton, Larry Taylor a receiver and return specialist with Calgary and Julius Williams a defensive end with British Columbia.
ESPN announced that it would be televising 60 CFL games beginning with a doubleheader tomorrow with three of former Huskies in action when Hamilton plays Toronto at 7 p.m. followed by Calgary meeting British Columbia at 10 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN3.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Pennsylvania tight end commits to UConn
Luke Carrezola, a tight end from Langhorne, Pa., announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to UConn.
The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Carrezola also had a scholarship offer from Temple. According to the Max Preps database he had five catches for 76 yards and 47 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and a team-leading 10.5 tackles for loss as a junior at Neshaminy High School.
He joins St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi as the first players from the Class of 2014 to commit to UConn.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Special night for UConn commit
Well, the UConn signee didn't waste much time making an impact as he made a crushing hit behind the line of scrimmage on the first play of last night's game in Leominster, Mass.
On the first series the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end who will arrive at UConn on Tuesday, had two tackles for loss and a quarterback pressure. By my count he finished with six tackles (three behind the line of scrimmage) and a pair of quarterback pressures.
"I was dreaming about that since last night," Holines said after the game. "I couldn’t wait to get out here. I have been dreaming about playing in this game since I was a freshman, I have been watching it every year and I finally got my chance to play in it and it was over."
Perhaps Holines' most impressive play came when he rushed the passer from his right defensive end position. He was double teamed and when the play went away from him, it looked as if he would just have to get ready for the next play. Holines had other ideas. While the two Central Mass. players blocking him gave up on the play, Holines raced across the field and was able to be one of a host of players to force the runner out of bounds. Although he did not get credited a tackle on the play, the relentlessness he displayed certainly caught my attention.
"Once I saw the facility I feel in love with that and I felt that was probably the way to get me out and go to the next level," Holines said
"We have some good defensive players coming in, good quarterbacks and hopefully we can get some good recruits in next year so hopefully we can win the (American Athletic) conference championship.
"I think this group, with a couple of years together can by junior year, sophomore year we can make some things happen."
"It was a big victory, we didn’t get one of these in probably in 10 years and to end my season with one was like getting a Super Bowl," Holines said.
Holines also played another 20 plays as a blocking tight end and threw a key block leading to the first touchdown but he said the UConn staff views him as a defensive end. He would love to follow in the footsteps of E.J. Norris, who earned plenty of playing time at defensive end as a true freshman at UConn in 2012.
"When I get there in the summer I am going to work out, use the facility to my best advantage to try to get as good as I can be so I can play my freshman year," Holines said.
Friday, June 21, 2013
UConn commit shines at Chowder Bowl
By my count Holines had six tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback pressures as the Western Massachusetts squad defeated the Central Massachusetts team 13-0.
I will have much more on his performance including posting a video of his first tackle of the game at some point on Saturday.
Game times for Towson, Maryland games announced
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Blidi Wreh-Wilson signs with Titans
Wreh-Wilson, taken by Tennessee in the third round in April's NFL draft, signed a four-year contract worth $2.16 million according to the Tennessean. With his signing, all five Huskies taken in the 2013 draft have signed their rookie contracts.
Wreh-Wilson was a two-time captain at UConn who had 181 tackles and eight interceptions in his collegiate career.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Fatukasi's story is worth sharing
Foley Fatukasi saw his life turned upside down due to Hurricane Sandy crushing his family's home. I read a few of the story from the New York papers about how he has not only overcome the circumstances but handled everything with incredible grace. So with Fatukasi one of the three UConn signees playing in the Empire Challenge tonight, I decided to make a detour on my way back from covering the Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pa. so I could talk to Fatukasi after Sunday's practice. It was well worth the extra driving time in my opnion. I wrote a story on Fatukasi's trials and tribulations for today's edition of the New Haven Register.
Fatukasi is a tremendously likeable kid. A bunch of New York All-Stars walked by me as I stood on the sidelines shooting videos and he was the only one who made it a point to say hello. After the practice he was an engaging interview and if he emerges into a key player during his UConn career the media will be thrilled because he is a great quote.
Fatukasi is the first football player from Beach Channel High School to head straight to a BCS program and with the school scheduled to close in 2014, that is a distinction that likely will not be matched.
"I am very excited. I never thought I was going to go D-I and if I was I never thought it was going to be UConn and I am running with it," Fatukasi said..
Dwayne Gratz signs with Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Gratz and fellow rookie defensive back Johnathan Cyprien were signed by the team.
There have been reports that both Gratz and Cyprien could be opening-game starters for Jacksonville.
Gratz started 41 career games at UConn and recorded 189 tackles and eight interceptions. He was the first of the five former Huskies selected in April's NFL draft.
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Andre Dixon cut by BC Lions
Dixon was signed by the Lions last month but caught up in the numbers game at running back for British Columbia. Dixon ran for 1,958 yards and caught 37 passes for the Huskies from 2007-09. He went to training camp with the New York Giants in 2010 and had a stint with the UFL's Hartford Colonials during that same year.
Terence Jeffers-Harris, who played at UConn and had 61 catches during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before transferring to Vanderbilt (but never playing for the Commodores), was also released by Calgary on Sunday.
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Milford Academy is next stop for Jordan Fuchs
Fuchs is an intriguing prospect as some believe he could have played Division I college basketball and if he develops he could become a top-notch receiving option as a tight end. It is Fuchs' desire to fulfill that potential which led him to delay his enrollment at UConn until January. He will attend Milford Academy in the fall and play for the Falcons before coming to Storrs.
Fuchs is currently preparing to play for the New York squad in the Empire Challenge tomorrow night and I caught up with Fuchs after Sunday's practice at Hofstra.
“Obviously I want to go to school (at UConn) but it is benefiting me that I get this experience because I only played two years so I get more experience,” said Fuchs, who caught 52 passes for 866 yards over the last two seasons at Christ the King. “I need to get to bigger, faster and stronger (before) I come in in January and get started.
"Over the past few months I have been training really hard. I have been watching a lot of football and talking to my trainer and I have been picking up things pretty fast.”
He could have company in Milford as fellow UConn commit Jamar Summers may follow the same path.
Summers, a defensive back from Orange, N.J., never signed with UConn as he was dealing with NCAA clearinghouse issues. He recently attained the SAT score he needed to become eligible to play at UConn as a freshman. However, according to his high school football coach UConn is still in a wait and see pattern.
Orange (N.J.) High coach Randy Daniel said the UConn staff wants to see his final grades before making a decision. Final exams are starting this week so a decision could be made one way or the other by the end of the month.
Smallwood named to CFPA watch list
Smallwood had 10 tackles or more in six games during the 2012 season and he had five games with multiple tackles for loss as he had 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage including four quarterback sacks.
Smallwood is the only Husky named to the Offensive or Defensive Watch lists.
Stratford's Tyler Matakevich, a rising sophomore linebacker at Temple, also made the list after recording 101 tackles as a freshman.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Impressions from Big 33 Classic
While Lemelle and Joseph said they are heading to UConn on June 25, Britton's arrival date is still to be determined. After the game when I asked him when he was going to Storrs he said 'I'm supposed to talk to (UConn defensive coordinator) Hank Hughes tonight."
St. Paul QB commits to UConn
Marchi announced his intentions on his personal Twitter page. It marks the third straight year that a top in-state quarterback prospect committed to UConn joining Casey Cochran, who will be a redshirt freshman, and incoming freshman Tim Boyle.
I've already heard the "how many quarterbacks do they need" refrain but the fact remains that coaches can't just ignore a position even if three quarterbacks were signed the year before. Nobody knows how Boyle, Richard Lagow and Kivon Taylor are going to develop at the college level. Having too many quality quarterbacks is a problem any program would like to have. I haven't seen Marchi play but the fact that fellow Northeast BCS programs were going after him is a pretty good indication of his potential as a prospect. It would surprise me if any more quarterbacks are brought in since there would be six quarterbacks on scholarship when Marchi is a freshman at UConn.
St. Paul opens the 2013 season with a game at Derby on September 13.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Busy week for UConn recruits
It begins tomorrow when quarterback Richard Lagow, who threw for nearly 2,000 yards as a senior at Plano (Tex.) High, plays for the East squad in the North Texas East/West Classic at 7:30 p.m.at Pennington Field in Bedford, Tex.
Three future Huskies (linebacker Chris Britton, defensive end Junior Joseph and receiver Brian Lemelle) will be suiting up for the Pennsylvania squad playing in the Big 33 Classic at HersheyPark Stadium tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
The game will air live on NFL Network. Britton will wear No. 33, Joseph will wear No. 45 while Lemelle will wear No. 7.
Defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi, receiver/tight end Jordan Fuchs and defensive end Cameron Stapleton will play for the New York squad in the Empire Challenge on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.. The game will air live on MSG Varsity. Fatukasi, Fuchs and Stapleton will wear numbers 93, 88 and 20 respectively for those of you who may get that station.
It was also brought to my attention that UConn signee Sha'ki Holines will be playing in the Chowder Bowl Classic on June 21 in Leominster, Mass. Holines will play for the Western Massachusetts squad.
Also, closer to home UConn incoming freshmen Tim Boyle and Cole Ormsby are among the players expected to play in the Hall of Fame Classic at Rentschler Field on June 29.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Delahunt makes CFL debut
Delahunt, listed as a fullback for Hamilton, caught an eight-yard pass in the second quarter as Hamilton jumped out to a 23-10 halftime lead.
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Sio Moore signed by Raiders
Moore was taken by the Raiders in the third round in April's NFL draft and has been drawing plenty of praise during workouts with the team.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
UConn posts 958 APR score
According to a release put out by UConn, the Huskies' multi-year score was 11 points above the national average for public institutions and the football program is eligible to play in a bowl game.
The biggest news for UConn coming out of the APR report is that the men's basketball program is eligible for the 2014 NCAA tournament after being banned from 2013 tourney for poor APR scores.
Here are the scores over that period
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Former UConn LB cut by Buffalo Bills
Lloyd was drafted by Philadelphia in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He spent time both on the Eagles practice squad and active roster during the 2011 season. He was traded to Indianapolis in August of last year but was cut late in training camp. He was signed by the Bills in November. Lloyd played in Buffalo's games against Miami and the New York Jets in December but did not record a tackle. He played in six preseason games in 2011 and 2012 and had 11 tackles.
Lloyd played in 35 games at UConn from 2007-10, starting 24 times. His best season came as a junior in 2009 when he had 91 tackles.
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Smallwood a preseason All-American
Smallwood led UConn with 120 tackles during the 2012 season. He had six double-digit tackle games as a sophomore including back to back 14-tackle efforts against North Carolina State and Maryland. Smallwood also had four sacks, forced two fumbles, 15 tackles for loss and recovered a fumble.
Smallwood, running back Lyle McCombs and cornerback Byron Jones were all named to the American Athletic Conference preseason first team, offensive tackle Jimmy Bennett and kick Chad Christen were third-pick pick while offensive guard Steve Greene, linebacker Graham Stewart and punter Cole Wagner were fourth-team selections.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Tommy Myers win State Open title
Myers, a Coventry High senior, had a winning throw of 193 feet and 11 inches which was nearly 10 feet better than anybody else in the field. Myers finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 50-11 3/4.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Jordan Younger retiring from CFL; Cody Brown released
Jordan Younger has indicated he is going to retire." -
Younger was one of three players listed as "suspended" by Toronto on Sunday.
Younger played in the CFL for nine seasons including eight with the Argonauts. He had 40 tackles and five interceptions with Toronto during the 2012 season and finished his career with 408 tackles, 19 interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He was a member of Grey Cup winning teams in his first and last season with Toronto.
Also, former UConn defensive end Cody Brown was released by the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday less than three weeks after he was signed. Brown was taken by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft but injured his wrist during the preseason. He played in six preseason games with the Cardinals in 2009 and 2010 before getting released and never appeared in the regular-season NFL game despite getting into camp with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions. He was signed by Calgary in 2012 but was cut by the CFL team.