Saturday, March 12, 2016

Departing UConn players excited about Huskies' future

The main objective for 10 seniors on the 2015 UConn football team was to open the eyes of the NFL scouts who headed to Storrs for UConn's pro day.

However, there was also a chance for a bit of reflection and belief that they left a program on the rise.

"It is awesome, this is where we started so the fact that we get to perform in front of NFL scouts, trying to live our dream too so it is a nice way to go out," defensive lineman Julian Campenni said.

"I am looking at the (St. Petersburg Bowl) banner up there, the picture and I think we set a good foundation and the team this year is going to carry from where we left off."

Other than Tyler Samra, the other players taking part in the pro day were fifth-year seniors so they had chance to spend all of their time preparing for the workouts in front of the pro scouts.
"We all kind of split up for two months and now we came back together trying to get a job," DeLorenzo said. "It is will be interesting to see where everybody lands but no matter what, we are still family."
Speaking of going their separate ways, UConn is currently on spring break so after holding two spring practices, there is a bit of a gap before the next practice.

The next practice the media will be allowed into is on Mar. 23. It will be interesting to see if the pecking order when the team takes the field. I will be especially interested in how the redshirt freshmen, especially on defense perform. Philippe Okounam and Kevin Murphy were working with the second-team defensive line along with redshirt sophomore Sheriden Lawley with Cam Stapleton and Omaine Steohens were playing the defensive end/outside linebacker positions.

How quickly Connor Freeborn and Nazir Williams emerge and if they can ultimately push Vontae Diggs for a starting spot at that hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position is worth monitoring while William Richardson is a player I am intrigued by at the inside linebacker position as is Marshe' Terry at safety. Defensive lineman David Ryslik was seeing some second-team work a season ago but was limited in the first spring practice. Once he is fully cleared, I expect him to figure prominently in the defensive line rotation.


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