Monday, February 09, 2015

UConn football players making the grade

UConn honored its top student-athletes during halftime of the UConn/South Carolina women's basketball game and the football team's work in the classroom was on display for all to see.

Three of the 20 student-athletes to attain a 4.0 either in the most recent spring or fall semesters were from the football team including starting punter Justin Wain (who averaged 38.8 yards per punt), special teams stalwart Sean Marinan and quarterback Will Rishell. A total of 36 members of the football team earned at least a 3.0 GPA including 12 players who started a season ago and three of the four captains (Byron Jones, Alex Mateas and Marquise Vann)

Here is the list with players in bold seeing playing time during 2014 season

Joe Bivona
Alec Bloom: One of three true freshmen to score TD
Kyle Bockeloh
John-Luke Bogue
Jeremy Claflin
Jazzmar Clax: Fullback had five catches for 34 yards, a 6-yard run
Casey Cochran: Starting quarterback for season opener before suffered career-ending concussion
Gus Cruz: Started first nine games at left guard
Chris Deberry
Jordan Floyd: Had one tackle
Deshon Foxx: Led team with 587 yards from scrimmage
Alex Gallaer
Javon Hadley
Steve Hashemi
Jon Hicks: Made 17 tackles
Thomas Hopkins
Byron Jones: Had 24 tackles and two interceptions in seven games
Andreas Knappe: Started last seven games of season at right tackle
Ellis Marder: Had three tackles and fumble recovery
Josh  Marriner: Ran 110 yards and a touchdown
Alex Mateas: Started all 12 games at center
Obi Melifonwu: Finished fourth on team with 75 tackles despite missing season finale
Adam Mueller
Tommy Myers: Used primarily as a blocking tight end, had two catches
Paul Nwokeji
Andrew Paluch
Bryan Paull
Angelo Pruitt: Started season opener in injury-shortened senior campaign
Bobby Puyol: Was 9 of 14 on field goals with long of 45
Kyle Schafenacker
Bryant Shirreffs
Tony Tully
Marquise Vann: Led team with 105 tackles


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