Saturday, July 26, 2014

UConn roster is up

It has been quite the eventful offseason in terms of player departures at UConn with top rusher Lyle McCombs, dynamic receiver Shakim Phillips and opening game starting offensive tackle Xavier Hemingway among those no longer part of the UConn program.

However, taking a quick look through the recently posted 2014 roster, it looks as if everybody expected back is on the roster with the exception of reserve defensive lineman Brendan Battles-Santos.

The best news is that every player who signed with UConn in February is also on the roster although it was a little surprising to see Steve Hashemi listed as a tight end and not as an offensive lineman. There have also been some number changes, mostly involving the young wide receivers as Noel Thomas is now No. 5, Thomas Lucas is No. 8, Brian Lemelle will wear No. 18 and Blake Feagles is No. 82.

There's also plenty of new walk-ons on the roster including Tim Adanti, a tight end out of Derby, former Bunnell defensive back Joseph Bivona, Dan Carbonaro, an offensive lineman from Oxford, former Barlow linebacker Alex Gallaer, Nyrell Moore, who is a cornerback out of West Haven High, former RHAM quarterback Will Rishell, receiver James Sullivan (who played at Xavier) and a pair of Shelton High products - running back Jason Thompson and linebacker Kyle Zielinski. There are also a pair of new kickers on the roster as Chase Briley out of Capital Prep and Rocky Hill's Andrew Paluch, who booted a 42-yard field goal during the Moe's "Clutch Kick" promo at Rentschler in November.

As for the departures, here is a list of the players with remaining eligibility who were on the team roster for the 2013 finale against Memphis (including walk-ons).
Brendan Battles-Santos, DL
Ty-Meer Brown, DB\
Rick Harrison, K/P
Xavier Hemingway, OT
Lyle McCombs, RB
Scott McCummings, QB/WR
E.J. Norris, TE
Shakim Phillips WR
Liam Sallquist, TE
Donald Slater, LB
Kivon Taylor QB
Zach Taylor, LB
Joe Williams, RB

Players report to camp on Aug. 1 with the first practice being held the following day.


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