It's a pretty special time for many of the seniors on the 2014 UConn football team.
Led by Byron Jones
, the first-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, and Geremy Davis
, taken in the sixth round by the New York Giants, five seniors from a squad which finished 2-10 will be taking part in NFL rookie camps. Defensive lineman B.J. McBryde
signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles while linebacker/defensive end Reuben Frank
(Detroit Lions), center Alex Mateas (New York Jets) and Deshon Foxx
(Seattle Seahawks) will head to camp on a tryout basis which is something that Foxx was receiving congratulations for via social media for days but was officially confirmed by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. I just saw a tweet from Ed Kracz, who covers the Philadelphia Eagles for three papers in the Calkins Media chain, saw that quarterback Chandler Whitmer
is heading to camp with the Eagles. Also, former UConn receivers Tebucky Jones
and Andrew Opoku
, who finished their collegiate careers at Fordham and Delaware respectively, received invitations to training camp by the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.
There's a pretty good number of players from Connecticut colleges or who grew up in Connecticut getting a chance at pro football.
Sacred Heart had four players going to rookie camp led by safety Gordon Hill
, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers. Cornerback JD Roussel
(Green Bay Packers), defensive lineman Troy Moore
(Carolina Panthers) and running back Keshaudas Spence
(Jacksonville Jaguars) earned training camp invitations.
Yale has three rookies heading to camp as running back Tyler Varga
was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts, linebacker Charles Cook
is going to camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and receiver Chris Smith
, who graduated in 2013, is going to the Patriots camp.
The New York Giants invited former Southern Connecticut State defensive lineman Carlif Taylor
and former Xavier High tight end Will Tye
, who played collegiately at Florida State and Stony Brook. Central Connecticut State running back Rob Holloman
is heading to camp with the New Orleans Saints.
Former Valley Regional star Mitch King
, who played at Penn, is going to camp with the Packers while Wethersfield native Tyler Murphy
, a former quarterback at Florida and Boston College, is headed to camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent where he will move to receiver. Southington's Jordan Chapman
, a defensive back out of Fordham, is going to Ravens camp.
Former Windsor High star Ryan Delaire
, a standout defensive end at Towson, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hopefully I didn't miss anybody.