Sunday, August 09, 2015

Former UConn standouts shine in NFL preseason opener

The 2015 NFL season kicked off on Sunday night with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

The preseason opener between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers gave a chance for a pair of former UConn standouts to shine.

Second-year defensive lineman Shamar Stephen had a team-high five tackles and one of the team's two sacks in a 14-3 win.

Rookie receiver Shakim Phillips, signed as an undrafted free agent, had a highlight worthy one-handed catch which turned into a 35-yard gain and he did it against the Vikings' first-round pick Trae Waynes. Phillips finished with two catches for 43 yards. He also drew a holding call on Waynes on another pass intended for Phillips but also was called for offensive pass interference later in the game.


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