Friday, March 07, 2014

UConn spring roster is up

There was some bad news and good news as UConn finally released its updated roster.

Ty-Meer Brown is not on the spring roster meaning so he made the difficult decision to walk away from the game due to the serious neck injury he suffered during the 2013 season but UConn will have the services of offensive lineman Gus Cruz.

Brown missed the last five games of his junior season because of the injury. He had 51 tackles in seven games during the 2013 season and finished with 145 tackles in 31 career games with four interceptions.
If there is a silver lining it is that UConn does have depth at the safety position. First-year starter Obi Melifonwu finished as the Huskies’ second-leading tackler last season and Andrew Adams finished seventh on the team in tackles despite missing the first four games because of a shoulder injury suffered during fall camp.

Cruz, who started five games in the 2012 season and the first five of the 2013 campaign at right guard, is continuing his career. Cruz was dealing with cardiac issues that were thought to be career threatening but he was able to take part in winter conditioning drills. If Cruz is able to remain on the field it would be a major boost at a position where UConn needs the most help. The Huskies lost four starters to graduation and then Xavier Hemingway, who started at tackle in the 2013 season opener, withdrew from school shortly after being arrested for larceny. One move the staff did make was to move former defensive tackle Andreas Knappe to offensive tackle. While he is pretty raw, he has all the tangible qualities needed to be a left tackle.

Quarterback Scott McCummings, who was moved to receiver last season, before suffering season-ending torn Achilles' is also no longer on the roster.


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