Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UConn's Parker is suspended indefinitely

After this morning's practice UConn football coach Bob Diaco said that sophomore defensive lineman Dallas Parker has been "indefinitely suspended due to athletic department policy violation."

Parker has been removed from the roster.

He came into the program as a tight end/h-back and appeared in six games as a true freshman.

Also, true freshman tight end/h-back Jasen Rose from Southington continues to be missing from practice. It is the third straight practice open to the media that Rose has not been at and Diaco once again said that Rose wasn't feeling well.

"I don't really know anything else," Diaco said. "I don't know anything else."

As for the practice, converted quarterback Tyler Davis earned praise from Diaco and offensive coordinator Frank Verducci. Davis, who only recently made the move to tight end, saw some time with the starters in today's morning practice.

"He acts like a 1 (a starter)," Diaco said. "He conducts his business like a 1. He is a try--hard guy. He is tough and smart, energetic, great passion, communicator, leader, how are you going to have a bad play with a guy like that out there."

Here's what Verducci had to say about Davis.

"He's a very unique player at the position,' Verducci said. "The one thing he has at the position is flat out speed. I think in time he is going to be a wonderful addition."

Linebacker Jon Hicks, who was injured a week ago (in the first practice the media was allowed to attend), could be back doing drills in a week or a week in a half according to Diaco.

Diaco also said "we don't have a quarterback controversy, we are not going into practice 16 wondering who our quarterback is, it is really a lot of fun that way."

At American Athletic Conference media day he mentioned that there was competition for the quarterback spot as Garrett Anderson is pushing Shirreffs but Shirreffs has been the No. 1 guy out there for during the practices we've been at.

Madison native Ken Sweitzer, one of four quarterbacks in program history with back to back 2,000-yard passing seasons, has been hired to serve as the sideline reporter for football games on the UConn Radio Network.

Sweitzer was UConn’s starting quarterback in 1980 and 1981 and when he graduated he owned the program record for total offense, touchdown passes and passing efficiency.

Sweitzer takes over for NBC Connecticut’s Kevin Nathan who was unable to continue in that role due to his anchoring responsibilities on WVIT’s 4 p.m. newscast.


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