Junior defensive back Oneil Robinson and redshirt junior wide receiver Garrison Burnett both announced that they would be transferring from UConn on Wednesday, joining the growing exodus of football players from Storrs.
Robinson and Burnett are the 22nd and 23rd player to leave Randy Edsall’s program, which is staring down a third straight rebuilding year. Neither player was a major contributor heading into 2020, but their exits are a blow to depth nonetheless, leaving the Huskies frightfully thin in terms of scholarship bodies.
Robinson started two games in 2019 and nine in 2018, appearing in 20 total contests with the Huskies. The Hartford, CT native had 83 total tackles in his time at Storrs, racking up three interceptions and five pass breakups.
Burnett, on the other hand, had an even smaller role with the Huskies, only appearing in eight total games across his three-year career. By waiting until the first week of spring classes to announce his transfer from UConn, he’ll keep his scholarship through the semester and finish out his degree in May.
As if we needed any more evidence that this year is out of the ordinary in terms of transfers, both Burnett and Robinson were recruited by Edsall and not Diaco, like the majority of prior transfers were. Regardless, both additional transfers only chip away at UConn’s depth and leave us with more question marks regarding Edsall’s second stint as the Huskies’ head coach.
We’re up to two-dozen now! Running back Donevin O’Reilly was the 24th Husky to enter the transfer portal on Monday.
After rising from a walk-on to a potential starter during the 2018 season, then suffering a torn ACL in a non-contact practice drill and having to work his way back up again, O’Reilly has played sparingly, with just five carries for 17 yards in 2018. He had potential to get more touches this year with the departure of Art Thompkins and Dante Black, and has received praise from members of the coaching staff including Randy Edsall, but will be taking his talents elsewhere.