Friday, June 12, 2015

UConn moving forward without TE Sean McQuillan

Friday night was supposed to be all about fun and games with the second annual Women's Football 101 Clinic being held on campus, however there is some serious news to report as UConn coach Bob Diaco said that Sean McQuillan was no longer a part of the program.

McQuillan, who would have been a fifth-year senior tight end, was arrested in April and charged with assault and disorderly conduct after an alleged fight with his roommate. He was not allowed to enroll for classes and was appealing to be reinstated so he could play his final season.

"I just got that word, Sean will be a graduate of the university and be moving on," Diaco said. "I wish him well. He was going to take a different academic track as he participated in his final year of his eligibility. He had accomplished everything he had to accomplish had his eligibility been expired here. Once that ruling came down he is a graduate of the university."

McQuillan addressed the premature end of his college career on Twitter.

I would like to thank my coaches and my brothers of the @UConnFootball family for everything, blessed to have played for you.

The news means that one of the team's most experienced offensive players will not be suiting up for the Huskies during the 2015 season. Sophomores Tommy Myers and Alec Bloom got some snaps a season ago and they will move into even more prominent roles now.

"They are a small group," Diaco said. "We want to play with a lot of tight ends. As much as I don't like to say it, we are going to have to force feed some of these freshmen (tight ends)."

"They are really coming on. Tommy Myers, I didn't realize how young he was even when I met him. He is just a young person. When I met him I think he was 17 but he is really starting to fill out, muscle up, lean, he is leaner than he has ever been and he is bigger than he has ever been. He is moving well, he has a little bit of swagger about him and Alec the same (thing), Alec I'll bet he's put on 20 pounds."

One more Diaco said he would not be making is moving former fullback Matt Walsh back to the offensive side of the ball. Walsh was moved to linebacker and had a strong spring camp and Diaco said he is keeping Walsh at linebacker saying "Matt's a linebacker."

Linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, a former starting linebacker at UConn, will be suiting up for Maryland for his final season.

Maryland announced the arrival of Ashiru, who will be able to play immediately because he has already graduated from UConn.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jefferson to the Maryland football family,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “Jefferson has experience as a starter and can play multiple positions at linebacker. He has a tremendous work ethic and terrific understanding of the game. During his time at UConn, he played in a similar system and he will make a seamless transition. We are confident he will be a great team leader for our football program."

“I’m really excited to join the Maryland football program and have the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten Conference,” Ashiru said in a statement. “I have known Coach Edsall and was also recruited by (Maryland defensive backs coach) Darrell Perkins, so those relationships played a key role in my decision to come to Maryland. Coach Edsall is a tremendous leader who cares deeply about his players. I’m looking forward to furthering my education and continuing my football career for a great University. "

Ashiru played in 24 career games with 18 starts at UConn.

Also, former UConn tight end/defensive lineman Michae Boland is headed to Lackawanna College.


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