Friday, March 24, 2017

UConn's Puyol to join brother on center stage

Wednesday was a special one for former UConn kicker Bobby Puyol as scouts and/or assistant coaches from 20 NFL teams were on campus for UConn's pro days. Puyol was given a few minutes to hit some field goals and also take some kickoffs.

"Coach Baylock was helping me out, letting me go first so no teams could leave afer watching Obi (Melifonwu)," Puyol said. "There was a little adversity there, I want you to kick for five minutes and let's go. I did all right on kickoffs, a little inconsistent but I thnk my tape proves I can hit a good kickoff."

Puyol has hired the agent who represents New Orleans kicker Will Lutz. He said he will take part in a local workout with the Miami Dolphins (Puyol grew up in southern Florida) and a couple of others teams have shown interest in one of the most accurate kickers in UConn history.

Puyol was flying a little under the radar at the pro day with the NFL reps there to check out Melifonwu and see some of the other prospects  but that won't be the case this weekend. He is going to have the microphone to introduce his older brother Eddy, a Grammy-recognized artist and speaker at a concert at Laurel Hall on Saturday at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Athletes in Action, an organization Puyol has been very involved with during his five years at UConn.

"We did it two years ago so it is a little event for the students here that want to come out especially the athletes," Puyol said. "It is going to be fun. A lot of athletes are excited so it is going to be fun, a good little event to hang out and have fun."

So does Puyol have any of his brother's musical gifts?

"I don't have the musical gifts, he took them all," Puyol said. "OK, a little."



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