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TheRoundUp 4/23: Smith to transfer; Whitmer leading UConn's QB race

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Roscoe Smith to Transfer - Connecticut News
Smith’s impending exit deals another crippling blow to UConn’s depleted frontcourt, which has already lost Alex Oriakhi to transfer – he committed to Missouri Friday – and freshman Andre Drummond to the NBA Draft. Reserve big man Michael Bradley also filed for transfer, leaving Tyler Olander as the only post player with significant experience.

UCONN FOOTBALL: Summer questions- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut
Who’s the quarterback?: The coaching staff insists none of the five in contention did enough to claim the job outright this spring. But it’s hard to believe Juco transfer Chandler Whitmer doesn’t have the inside track on the job after his performance in the Blue-White scrimmage Saturday.

Blue-White Game: In UConn's Blue-White spring football game, the crowd saw some good things - Courant.com
As expected, the defense was outstanding. The two defensive units gave up a total of 287 yards. Sophomore linebacker Yawin Smallwood led the White team with seven tackles and Stevenson led the Blue with 10 and the two picks.

Chris Elsberry: Whitmer takes early lead in UConn QB derby - NewsTimes
The receiver, DeShon Foxx, had gone to the sidelines and then cut a couple of yards upfield. The cut was something Cochran didn't expect. His pass went straight out of bounds. It wasn't exactly the debut that everyone had been waiting for.

The Day - Pasqualoni takes it all in | News from southeastern Connecticut
Whitmer, who has three years of eligibility remaining, was 18-of-27 for 187 yards, while the other three quarterbacks (Scott McCummings missed the game with an injury) combined to complete only 14 of 38 passes for 132 yards and three interceptions.

NFL Draft: UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes is projected to go late in the first round or early in the second round of the draft, which starts Thursday - Courant.com
UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes is projected as a late first-round, early second-round draft pick. At the NFL Combine, his overall grade was an 84.0. [The grading system says that 85 to 95 is an immediate starter and first-round pick, an impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. From NFL.com: "Reyes is a big body inside with a decent skill set. He's a good option for a team that needs defensive line depth. Reyes is a powerful mover and a hard worker who should stick at the next level based on size and strength."

The New Haven Register Blogs: UConn Men's Basketball Blog: Chris McCullough: UConn My 'Dream School'
McCullough is Class of 2014, so the postseason tourney ban wouldn't affect him. Still, with all the negativity (fair or unfair) swirling around the program these days, it has to be nice for UConn to hear a talented player practically begging for a scholarship offer.

Connecticut Huskies' Jim Calhoun confident amid Roscoe Smith, Michael Bradley transfer reports - ESPN
"Michael may be leaning toward staying at UConn while Roscoe is going the opposite way," Calhoun said. "If they both decide to leave, then we wish them both luck."

UConn's AD Manuel: Striving to maintain success - Connecticut Post
"We needed (an athletic director) who was very strategic and experienced because there are going to be a lot of important decisions to be made for the next decade at least," says UConn President Susan Herbst. "I don't think any big Division I program ever rests. It's always about moving forward, adopting the best practices and winning. I don't think you can ever take your eye off it."

Huskies Split Third Consecutive BIG EAST Doubleheader - University of Connecticut Official Athletics Site
The University of Connecticut softball team faced several rain delays on Saturday afternoon for their doubleheader at BIG EAST opponent Pittsburgh. When the games were finally able to begin later in the evening, the Huskies fell in the first game, 6-0, before defeating the Panthers, 10-5. UConn moved to 21-19 and 9-7 in the BIG EAST, while Pitt is now 24-22 and 8-10 in the conference.