Monday, September 08, 2014

Cochran's career at UConn is over

UConn announced that Casey Cochran, who came into the season as the starting quarterback, was retiring as a player due to suffering multiple concussions.

Here is the official release

The University of Connecticut football program, the UConn Division of Athletics medical staff and the Cochran family have decided that redshirt sophomore quarterback Casey Cochran (Monroe, Conn.) will permanently discontinue playing football due to Cochran sustaining multiple concussions during his career.

All those involved in the decision making process feel it is in the best interest of Cochran to end his football playing career and focus on his continued well-being. 
A silver lining in this matter is that Casey has an interest in pursuing a career in coaching,” said UConn head coach Bob Diaco. “We can now accelerate his development in that area as he transitions from a player role to a mentor role as he continues to serve the team.”

UConn will move forward this season with Chandler Whitmer and Tim Boyle as the only available scholarship quarterbacks.

Cochran suffered a concussion in a season-opening loss to Brigham Young but attempted to proceed with preparation heading into the Stony Brook game but midway through the week he was diagnosed with a concussion. Cochran was on the sidelines and in uniform for the Stony Brook game but did not play.

UConn was hoping to use this season to redshirt Boyle but with this news, obviously he will be active for the rest of the season. It goes without saying that this subject might come up in tomorrow's press conference.

The only other available quarterback on the roster is walk-on Will Rishell although junior receiver Kamal Abrams did pass for more than 1,300 yards as a junior at Dover (Delaware) High so perhaps he can be groomed as an emergency quarterback but that is just my opinion, I've heard nothing about that being a possibility moving forward.

Cochran finishes his career with a 3-2 record as a start and 1,464 passing yards in nine games. He threw for a program single-game record 461 yards in a 45-10 win over Memphis in the 2013 regular-season finale and was the quarterback during the Huskies' three-game winning streak at the end of the season.


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