Thursday, August 21, 2014

UConn roster attrition continues

DB David Stevenson, who had 13 tackles in back
to back games against SMU and Louisville, is no
longer a member of the UConn football team
Add former nickel corner David Stevenson to the list of players no longer on UConn's roster.

Things had calmed down significantly since news broke that fellow former reserve defensive back Tyree Clark left the team. However, a quick check of the current roster shows that Stevenson, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Michael Boland and true freshman linebacker Tom Rodrick are no longer listed on the roster. None of the three appeared to be in line for significant duty this season although the depth at defensive back continues to shrink which led to a pair of receivers being shifted over to play in the secondary.

Heading into last season Stevenson was thought to have a chance to compete with Taylor Mack for one of the vacant starting cornerback positions following the graduation of Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson. However, Stevenson did have some disciplinary and injury issues and he ended up playing just four games a season ago (finishing with 16 tackles).

Boland was originally headed to prep school last season but when a couple of UConn freshmen left the program, he was given a scholarship. He quickly moved from defensive line and tight end and say regular practice reps as a true freshman. He was moved back to defense during preseason camp.

Rodrick is the first departure among this current group of scholarship freshmen. Walk-on receiver Bobby Cole is also gone from the roster.

In a couple of other changes, former Hand High star Nick Vitale has been moved from receiver to cornerback. He also switched from wearing No. 89 to No. 27 while freshman Sheriden Lawley is now wearing No. 88 after being moved to tight end also John Green is now listed as a cornerback. At the last practice there was a player wearing a beaten-up No. 7 jersey who was working with the second team at cornerback. At the time I assumed it was just a case of not being able to see both numbers on the jersey but I guess that is not the case.

By my count there are 19 players who were on UConn's 2013 season-ending roster with remaining eligibility who are no longer listed on the roster although this does include some walk-ons.

Here is the list along with their current school
DE Brandon Battles-Santos
DE Michael Boland
DB Ty-Meer Brown Boston College
DB Tyree Clark
QB Michael Ecke
K   Rick Harrison
OT Xavier Hemingway
DB Carlos Martinez
RB Lyle McCombs Rhode Island
QB Scott McCummings
TE E.J. Norris
WR Shakim Phillips Boston College
TE Liam Sallquist Miami (Ohio)
LB Donald Slater
DB David Stevenson
QB Kivon Taylor Foothill (CA) College
LB Zach Taylor
TE Quinn Thompson Baldwin Wallace
RB Joe Williams ASA (NY) College


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