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  2023 ALL-BIG SOUTH-OVC FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION FIRST TEAM: AP - Jayden Brown, Soph., Gardner-Webb,...Brown earned a spot on the First Team at the All-Purpose position. The sophomore is averaging 129.3 all-purpose yards per game, second in the Big South-OVC and 10th in the FCS. Brown's 532 kick return yards are the fourth-most in the conference. On offense, Brown has had a pair of 100-yard rushing games this season, rushing for 142 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown against EKU and for 147 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown against Charleston Southern. Brown earned the first-ever Big South-OVC Offensive Player of the Week Award after his performance against App State to open the season, finishing with 45 rushing yards and 67 passing yards for 112 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. The Lithonia, Ga. native's 5.87 yards per carry rank 25th in the FCS. - Gardner-Webb Football

So/2026 RB Jayden BrownConnecticut
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  UConn football has announced its spring practice schedule, with the annual Spring Showcase set for April 22 at Joseph J. Marrone Stadium in Storrs. That event will be open to the public and will kick off at 1:30 p.m. The Huskies will have 15 practices this spring, including the showcase event. The scheduled practice dates currently look like this: March 28th and 30th and April 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 20th and 22nd. UConn will kick off the regular season on Sept. 2 as they host NC State. The Huskies will also welcome Florida International (Sept. 16), Duke (Sept. 23), Utah State (Sept. 30), USF (Oct. 21) and Sacred Heart (Nov. 18) to Rentschler Field in the fall. - Hartford Courant

Sr/2024 ILB Jackson MitchellConnecticut
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  When UConn lost at Michigan 59-0 last season, it was noted that the Wolverines dressed 140 players, and it seemed like they used all of them in that game. One of those lost in the sea of maze and blue at The Big House was tight end Louis Hansen, a four-star prospect from Massachusetts who couldn't rise on coach Jim Harbaugh's depth chart. He got in for seven offensive plays against the Huskies, the only game action for him in 2022.

As the season ended, Hansen entered the transfer portal and UConn coaches were on him, pursuing him aggressively even as they were preparing for the Myrtle Beach Bowl. The day after Christmas, they got their tight end, and Hansen is one of seven transfers headed to play for Jim Mora in 2023. Quarterback Joe Fagnano from Maine, linebacker Eriq Gilyard from Kansas, defensive lineman Ray Eldridge from Richmond, and defensive backs Zakhari Spears from Washington, Mumu Bin-Wahad from West Virginia and Noah Plack-Tallerico from Delaware are all on their way as part of what the program is billing as its "reload." - Hartford Courant


rSr/2024 ILB Eriq GilyardConnecticut
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  One of the many questions surrounding the UConn football program heading into the off-season was focused on the future of the program's first All-American since 2010. The offensive lineman made the announcement on Twitter. When asked before the Myrtle Beach Bowl for his thoughts on entering the NFL Draft, Haynes said he was focused on the task ahead. Just over a week later, he made his decision. Haynes has been with UConn since the 2018 season and has started on the offensive line in every game since 2019. Haynes led unit to its most successful season in recent years, paving the way for the Huskies-run first offense. UConn averaged 191 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per rushing attempt. - CT Post

rSr/2024 OG Christian HaynesConnecticut
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  2022 PHIL STEEL ALL-INDEPENDENT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: LB Jackson Mitchell, Connecticut,...Junior linebacker Jackson Mitchell is the Huskies top-tackler and is fourth in the country in total tackles with career-best 133 stops this season. He is ranked fourth in tackles per game at 11.1 pg. He collected 16 tackles at Army, the third time this season he matched-his career-high of 16 tackles in a game. Mitchell had six games this season where he posted double digit stops. He has 8.0 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries on the season as well. Over his three seasons and 34 games played, Mitchell has posted 318 tackles, 16.5 for a loss.. - Connecticut Football

Sr/2024 ILB Jackson MitchellConnecticut
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  2022 PHIL STEEL ALL-INDEPENDENT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: DT Eric Watts, Connecticut,...Junior defensive end Eric Watts had a break-out season for the Huskies and has 44 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 7.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks, all career-best numbers. Watts is currently ranked 51st in the NCAA in sacks. - Connecticut Football

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  2022 PHIL STEEL ALL-INDEPENDENT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: OG Christian Haynes, Connecticut,...Haynes, who has started 36-straight games over the last three seasons, also led a unit that ranked 30th nationally in sacks allowed, giving up 17 on the season, just 1.42 per game. - Connecticut Football

rSr/2024 OG Christian HaynesConnecticut
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  2022 PHIL STEEL ALL-INDEPENDENT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Tre Wortham, Connecticut,...Wortham finished with a career-high 38 tackles on the season and a team-best nine passes defended. Wortham finished with four interceptions this season and ranks 17th in the NCAA in interceptions. Over the past two seasons, Wortham has played in all 24 games and has 74 tackles and six picks. - Connecticut Football

Sr/2023 FS Tre WorthamConnecticut
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  2022 PHIL STEEL ALL-INDEPENDENT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: S Durante Jones, Connecticut,...Sophomore safeties Malik Dixon-Williams and Durante Jones were mainstays in the defensive backfield all season and among the team's top-tacklers. Jones was second to just Jackson Mitchell in tackles, making 89 stops in 11 games. He added an interception and forced fumble. - Connecticut Football

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  UConn junior linebacker Jackson Mitchell (Ridgefield, CT) is a 2022 Butkus Award semifinalist and is second in the nation with 133 total tackles on the season. He averaged 11.1 tackles per game to rank fourth nationally. He had 8.0 tackles for loss including 4.5 sacks. Mitchell is first in the country with five fumble recoveries. He also forced a pair this season and came up with an interception. - UConn Football

Sr/2024 ILB Jackson MitchellConnecticut
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  Linebacker Jackson Mitchell is third in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, and leads the nation with five fumble recoveries. Though he did not make an All-America team, like teammate Christian Haynes on the offensive line, Mitchell, a junior, can count that as unfinished business at UConn next season. "I'm pretty set on just coming back," Mitchell said. "I feel I can improve my [NFL] stock, improve on a few things that can get me to a better place when I leave here." - Hartford Courant

Sr/2024 ILB Jackson MitchellConnecticut
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  2022 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: Ray Eldridge, Richmond, DL, Sr.,...Eldridge has 29 tackles on the season including 8.5 for loss (-32). He has 4.5 sacks (-25), two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup so far this season. He has helped lead Richmond to the third-best defense in the CAA, allowing just 29 touchdowns on the season while holding opponents to 330.5 yards per game. - Richmond Football

rSr/2024 DT Ray EldridgeConnecticut
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  2022 ALL-CAA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: Noah Plack, Delaware, S, Sr.,...Plack joins Johnny Buchanan as a three-time All-CAA selection after earning second-team honors each of the past two seasons. The Bridgeville, Pa. native has set a career high with 84 tackles on the season to rank second on the Blue Hens. He had a personal-best 17 tackles at Navy to open the season and added 10 takedowns at William & Mary. Plack also has 2.0 TFL, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on his stat line. - Delaware Football

rSr/2024 OLB Noah PlackConnecticut
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  NOV 21 BIG SOUTH FOOTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Gardner-Webb running back Jayden Brown (Lithonia, Ga.) rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries to help put away North Carolina A&T and seal the Runnin' Bulldogs' Big South title. He added a 37-yard kickoff return and eight-yard reception to finish with 138 all-purpose yards. Brown's 19-yard sprint to the end zone put GWU ahead for good at 17-14 with 6:11 left in the second quarter, while his 1-yard plunge at 9:30 in the fourth stanza provided the final margin. - Big South Football

So/2026 RB Jayden BrownConnecticut
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  Zion Turner threw a 30-yard scoring pass to Kevens Clercius late in the fourth quarter to lead UConn to a 36-33 win over No. 19 Liberty on Saturday. With the win, the Huskies (6-5) are bowl-eligible under first-year coach Jim Mora after winning only once last season. Turner found Clercius for the go-ahead score with 5:43 left and connected with Keelan Marion on a 2-point conversion to put UConn up three. Turner finished 15 of 21 for 103 yards. Robert Burns led UConn's rushing attach with 104 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. Victor Rosa finished with 62 yards on 10 carriers with two TDs. The lead changed hands multiple times in the fourth quarter. UConn's Victor Rosa bounced off a number of defenders and scampered 27 yards for a TD that gave the Huskies a 28-27 lead. On the next play, Liberty regained the lead 33-28 when Demario Douglas raced 75 yards for a score.

TJ Green led Liberty (8-2) with 119 yards rushing on 24 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Jackson Bennett went 22 for 36 for 201 yards and a TD. Liberty's only other loss came against Top 25-ranked Wake Forest in September. Burns returned the opening kickoff to midfield. UConn reached the end zone eight plays later, with Rosa scoring from 16 yards out. Turner was perfect on the drive, connecting with Aaron Turner four times for 29 yards, including twice on third down. The Huskies' defense also did their part, intercepting Bennett once and with two sacks in the first half, including one by Eric Watts that resulted in a touchdown. Linebacker Jackson Mitchell scooped up a fumble by Kaidon Salter and returned it 32 yards for a 14-3 lead. Despite trailing twice by double digits, the Flames seized momentum in the second quarter when linebacker Ahmad Walker picked off Turner near midfield. Malik Caper bulldozed his way into the end zone eight plays later, cutting the deficit to 21-17 with 35 seconds left before halftime. Liberty then grabbed its first lead on a Green 1-yard run, capping a seven-play, 80-yard drive to begin the second half. - UConn/AP College Football


So/2026 QB Zion TurnerConnecticut
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