Monday, June 09, 2014

UConn gets its first 2015 commitment

Kevin Murphy, a nose guard/defensive tackle out of East High in West Chester, Pennsylvania, became the first player in the Class of 2015 to commit to UConn.

Murphy had 88 tackles in 10 games as a junior including four games with at least 10 tackles. He had a team-high six sacks, three coming in a 38-7 win over Sun Valley. Murphy, a key contributor since his freshman season, will enter his senior campaign with 193 tackles and nine sacks.

Murphy and East High will open the 2014 season by hosting Penn Wood on August 29.

Speaking of UConn defensive linemen, the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul now has a pair of former UConn defensive ends on the roster.

Teddy Jennings is in the midst of a solid rookie season with the Soul as he is currently tied for second on the team with four sacks and Philadelphia acquired Julius Williams in exchange for offensive lineman Duke Robinson in a trade with San Jose.

The trade was completed on June 2 but Williams was placed on the "refuse to report" list by Philadelphia two days later before being activated to the active roster on Friday. Williams did not play in Philadelphia's loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday but perhaps he will make his debut with the Soul on Saturday when Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh.

Former UConn linebacker Jerome Williams, who had six solo tackles and three assists in four games, was placed on inactive reserve list last week by the Soul.


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