Sunday, August 31, 2014

13 state products see time in UConn opener

Casey Cochran was one of 13 state products to play in UConn's opener
As I mentioned in the days leading up to Friday's season opener, there was going to be a chance for local products to shine at Rentschler Field.

I went back through the online box scores dating back to 2006 to see how many Connecticut players took part in the season opener. I would have gone back further but the 2005 box did not include a player participation list and this is just the third time that at least 10 Connecticut natives played in the Huskies' opener as 10 players saw snaps in 2008 and 2006. 

According to the participation chart, 13 Connecticut players got into the game

Here is the breakdown

DT Kenton Adeyemi (Wethersfield): Had three tackles
QB Casey Cochran (Monroe): Started and was 17 of 31 passing for 171 yards with an interception
TB Max DeLorenzo (Berlin): Started and finished with a team-high 38 rushing yards
DB Chris DeBerry (Torrington): Saw time on special teams
CB Byron Jones (New Britain): Started and had five tackles
DL Sean Marinan (Higganum): Saw time on special teams
TE Sean McQuillan (Glastonbury): Started and had 33 yards on three receptions
TE Tommy Myers (Coventry): Had a three-yard catch
TB Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia): Ran three times for 10 yards, caught an 18-yard pass and had 49 yards on kickoff returns
LB/DE Cole Ormsby (Windsor): Had a solo tackle
LB Graham Stewart (Durham): Started, tied for the team lead with 11 tackles and forced a fumble
WR Noel Thomas (Norwalk): Had two catches for 18 yards and made a special-teams tackle
FB Matt Walsh (Madison): Saw time at fullback and the field goal, extra point, kickoff return, punt return and punt coverage teams as he recorded one tackle.

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