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  Wednesday's UConn football media availability started out with sour news; another tough break for the Huskies. Head coach Jim Mora shared that Cam Ross, a redshirt sophomore who was expected to be a top receiver for the team, broke his foot and will likely miss the 2022 season. Ross' injury came during Saturday's situational scrimmage. He caught a pass, his foot landed in awkward position and he rolled over it. Ross limped off the field Saturday, and sat in the back of the end zone with his left foot in a boot on Wednesday.

Ross broke his right foot after two games last season and was working his way back. "You just feel so bad for the kid," Mora said, "it happened to him last year and he worked so hard to get back. He was looking good, I think he was feeling confident, and it is his other foot. Obviously our prayers are with him and they'll get that thing fixed. Knowing Cam and his mindset, and his toughness and determination and character, he'll just put the work in and he'll come back and give it another go. So really tough deal for for him and certainly a blow for the team." Mora noted that Ross had developed into a strong leader for the team, and believes he will have a positive impact whether he plays or not. - Hartford Courant


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  UConn junior defensive lineman Eric Watts walked to practice Tuesday with his new teammate, University of Kentucky transfer Marquez Bembry. He always does. They work out together and push each other. They're roommates. Bembry, who will likely join forces with last year's leading tackler Jackson Mitchell at linebacker, totaled 37 tackles in 24 games played at Kentucky and established himself as a leader quickly after joining the team in January. "He's doing what he needs to do and you can tell the younger guys look up to him," Watts said. "He's trying to help everybody. He helps me, and if he needs my help, I help him."

One of the oldest and longest-tenured college football players on UConn's roster, Bembry played one season at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, after high school. He recorded 36 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2018, helping the Bobcats to a 10-2 record. Bembry then transferred and played three seasons at Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over Ole Miss and Tennessee. Bembry is one of several transfers that UConn hopes will give them a boost this season after the Huskies ranked near the bottom of the FBS in several statistics last year, including rushing and passing yards allowed per game as well as points allowed per game. - Hartford Courant


rSr/2023 ILB Marquez BembryConnecticut
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  2022 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD WATCHLIST: Tommy Zozus, UConn,...Zozus, who transferred to UConn from Florida International University, has appeared in 31 college football games as a long snapper. As a veteran member of the Huskies' special team unit, he brings valuable experience to a UConn team full of up-and-coming talent in college football. His current role has allowed him to truly appreciate the experience. - Connecticut Football

rSr/2023 LS Tommy ZozusConnecticut
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  Steven Krajewski, UConn's primary signal caller in 2021, transferred to Georgia State May 17, leaving the position wide open. Ta'Quan Roberson, who transferred to UConn from Penn State in December, seems to be the favorite for the job in a QB room packed with transfers. Roberson, a redshirt junior, played in three games at Penn State last year and completed 11 of 28 passes for 85 yards. He also ran the ball 12 times for 24 yards. "I knew who he was, because I followed recruiting," Mora told The Courant in February. "A four-star kid out of one of the best high school programs in the country. When he popped in the portal, this was a guy we needed to try to connect with immediately. We were able to get him in here and show him what the plan would be for him and, I'll tell you, he's a really great kid. He's impressive."

Roberson isn't the only new face in the QB room. The list also includes Zion Turner, a decorated three-star from St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Cale Millen, another three-star who committed to Oregon out of high school before transferring to FCS Northern Arizona last year. Tyler Phommachanh will compete for the starting job after starting three games in 2021 before a season-ending injury. - Hartford Courant


rSo/2025 QB TaQuan RobersonConnecticut
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Jackson Mitchell, UConn,...Mitchell (Ridgefield, Conn.) started all 12 games for the Huskies last season, and led the team in tackles, totaling 120 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and also recorded three forced fumbles, one interception and two pass breakups. The UConn junior ranked among the top 15 players in the country in total tackles, he ranked fourth in assisted tackles (73), and his 10.0 tackles per game ranked 11th in the nation. Mitchell's top games of the 2021 season including a career-high 16 tackles at Army and 15 tackles and a half-sack against Purdue. He also recorded 14 tackles and added a pass breakup against Holy Cross. - UConn Football

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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Nathan Carter (So.), UCONN,... 2021As a freshman in 2021, running back Nathan (Nate) Carter (5-9 tall, but no weight listed in school bio, so he must be fast. Maybe a school better known for basketball focuses on height) was a mainstay in the backfield for the Huskies, playing in all 12 games... On 125 carries he totaled 578 rushing yards and two touchdowns while also making 19 receptions for 127 yards... At Massachusetts he carried 20 times for 136 yards, with one reception for three yards (10/9)... Carried the ball 24 times for 123 yards and one reception for five yards against Vanderbilt (10/2)... At UCF he carried the ball 13 times for 77 yards and a touchdown while hauling in two receptions for 47 yards (11/20); News flash, Carter is listed at 196 pounds, ten more than when he enrolled in 2020. - UConn Football

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  Coming off a one-win season, Jackson Mitchell wasn't sure he would ever wear the UConn football navy blue and white uniforms ever again. The Huskies linebacker thought long and hard about transferring out of Storrs. It took two meetings with new head coach Jim Mora to change his mind. "I was confident when they came in," he said. "We talked to coach Mora and I heard him talk. He talked to me. I just talked with other guys here. I thought it was the best decision to stay, even with the past and not winning so much. "I definitely thought about it for a second, but I realized this was the place to be and the place I wanted to be. I trusted coach Mora and coach [Lou] Spanos, who would be around. We thought we had a real chance to turn this thing around with coach Mora and the rest of the coaches."

Mitchell, academically a senior but with two years of football eligibility left, was one of the few bright spots on a team that finished 1-11 overall. He was the team's leading tackler with 120 last season, including 6.5 for loss and one sack. In the locker room his teammates look to him as their leader. "He's a wise man for his age because he has been playing so much football here," said Spanos, UConn's defensive coordinator. "The production is outstanding. I mean, top-10 tackler in the country. He leads by example. When he speaks, everybody listens. When I say everyone, I mean all three phases (of football) because if Jackson is talking, there's a reason for it." - Hartford Courant


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  Memphis senior defensive lineman Kayode Oladele confirmed to The Commercial Appeal that entered the transfer portal Tuesday. Oladele, who is eligible as a graduate transfer, played 11 games in three seasons after enrolling in 2018 a week before the Tigers' season opener. A former four-star recruit from Florida, he initially signed with Auburn in December 2017 but it was reported the following summer that he wouldn't enroll at the school. Oladele redshirted in 2018 and appeared in a career-best eight games in 2020, where he recorded one tackle. He appeared in two games last season and played with the Tigers during spring practice. - Memphis Commercial Appeal

rSr/2023 DE Kayode OladeleConnecticut
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  Alabama freshman offensive lineman Dayne Shor is transferring to Connecticut, he announced Sunday evening. Shor entered the transfer portal early last month, releasing a statement at the time that he had been "dealing with the struggle of mental health." Shor noted at the time that he had received treatment for his conditions at Herren Wellness in Massachusetts, a facility that is about 55 miles from UConn's campus.

A three-star prospect ranked No. 392 nationally in 247 Sports' composite rankings of the 2022 class, Shor was an early enrollee in January but did not take part in April's spring game. Shor, who is from Georgia, had committed to Alabama last July over offers from Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, Georgia, Tennessee and Oklahoma. Shor had been the final of Alabama's 18 scholarship players to enter the transfer portal since last season who had yet to commit to a new school. - Birmingham News


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  UConn has lured a Power Five prospect back home to Connecticut. Jack Stewart, a big, powerful lineman from New Canaan High, is transferring from Michigan and committed to the Huskies and new coach Jim Mora on Monday night. "I'm coming home," Stewart said, in announcing his decision via Twitter. Stewart, 6 feet 4 and 314 pounds, was one of the top linemen in Connecticut, and, playing on both sides of the line, helped New Canaan to the state final in 2015, '16 and '18. He played for Lou Marinelli, whose son, John, is on Mora's staff. Stewart, a junior, was at Michigan for three seasons, but never saw any game action. - Hartford Courant

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  Michigan football has wrapped up spring practice, giving players the opportunity to ponder their next move. And for the second time in as many weeks, the Wolverines have a player who's entered the NCAA transfer portal. This time it's reserve defensive lineman Jack Stewart, a former three-star recruit who never played in a game for Michigan, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 314-pound Stewart came to Ann Arbor in 2019 as an offensive tackle, dealt with injuries and health issues and soon found himself switching sides of the ball.

He did not get into a game during his three seasons at Michigan, from 2019 to 2021, leaving him two years of college eligibility. "I've had a great experience playing both OL and DL at the University of Michigan," Stewart wrote on social media Tuesday. "Thank you for everything Ann Arbor. I'm very excited to see where this new journey takes me." Stewart, from New Caanan, Conn., joins linebacker Jordan Morant as the second player to enter the NCAA transfer portal since Michigan concluded spring practice on April 4. - Ann Arbor News


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  Running back Kevin Mensah, the fourth-leading rusher in UConn history, has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Mensah had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018-19, but saw his role diminish as a senior as freshman Nate Carter took over as the Huskies primary ball-carrier. While he still has a year of eligibility left due to the COVID-19 season, Mensah's departure was expected. He was honored on Senior Day last month against Houston, the final game of the Huskies 1-11 season. The 5-foot-9, 202-pound Mensah finished his UConn career with 2,933 rushing yards, ranking behind Donald Brown (3,800), Terry Caulley (3,187) and Jordan Todman (3,179). - CT Post

Sr/2022 RB Kevin MensahConnecticut
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  UConn football coach Jim Mora scored his first win in the transfer portal, landing former Old Dominion wide receiver Nigel Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound graduate transfer, announced his commitment Monday morning following a visit to Storrs over the weekend. "Keep Grindin' Boy, Ya Life Could Change in One Year..110% Committed!" he wrote on Twitter. Fitzgerald battled injuries during his time at ODU. He played just one game this past season, making one catch. In 2019, he had 14 receptions for 219 yards, with three starts. He will have three years of eligibility remaining. - CT Post

rSr/2023 WR Nigel FitzgeraldConnecticut
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  Following last week's announcement that Penn State starting quarterback Sean Clifford would return for a sixth season, third-string quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson entered his name into the transfer portal on Monday morning. The redshirt sophomore quarterback took over for Clifford following his injury suffered in the 23-20 loss against Iowa. Roberson went 7-for-21 (33% completion rate) on passes for 34 yards and two interceptions and rushed 10 times for 27 yards. After Penn State went into the bye week, head coach James Franklin was bullish on who the starting quarterback would be with Clifford's injury status and Roberson's performance in the Iowa game looming large. - Centre Times

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  Jones, a true freshman from Atlanta, started at safety against Fresno State and had six tackles in his collegiate debut. Senior safety Diamond Harrell said Tuesday that Jones already carries himself like a leader. "Durante is the quarterback of the defense," Harrell said. "He's very vocal. He has a lot of energy, very aggressive...playing next to him is really great because we need that on our defense. We need someone to bring the defense, when they're down, when everybody's head is down, we need him to make sure everybody's head is up. Just lift everybody's head up so we can keep going and never go back down." Edsall said he wasn't surprised to see Jones win the starting job in preseason camp. - Hartford Courant

So/2025 FS Durante JonesConnecticut
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