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Nwosu looks to improve draft stock in Senior Bowl

Nwosu looks to improve draft stock in Senior Bowl

first_imgThis week, former USC outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu began preparation for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in an annual showcase of college football talent. He currently projects to be a late-first to second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his senior season, Uchenna Nwosu recorded a career-high 9.5 sacks. He is projected to be a first-or second-round pick. Daily Trojan file photo.The 6-foot-2, 240-pound edge rusher finished with 75 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 13 pass deflections in 2017. For his efforts, he earned first-team All Pac-12 honors. On his career, the Carson, Calif. native recorded 169 tackles with 20.5 tackles for loss. He capped off his career with a twosack, four-tackle performance against Ohio State the Cotton Bowl. Nwosu has the opportunity to improve upon his draft stock with an eye-opening performance in the Senior Bowl. He will play against the likes of 2017 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, and former Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (whom he intercepted this year). USA Today’s “Draft Wire,” calls Nwosu an, “undersized but explosive and productive edge player,” who has made, “huge strides over the past two seasons, turning himself into one of the most intriguing defensive prospects in this draft.” NFLDraftScout.com ranks Nwosu as the fourth-best outside linebacker in the 2018 draft class. Nwosu is the lone player to represent USC in the Senior Bowl this year. Previous Trojans who were featured in the game include Clay Matthews, Carson Palmer and Lynn Swann. He will be a participant on the “South Team,” which is set to be coached by the Houston Texans staff. The “North Team,” will be coached by the Denver Broncos’ staff.This year’s Senior Bowl takes place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network with ongoing practice coverage throughout the week on ESPNU.last_img read more

UConn nears Big East return after conference presidents’ vote, report says

UConn nears Big East return after conference presidents’ vote, report says

first_img Lincoln Riley has 4.6 million reasons not to leave Oklahoma for NFL If approved by trustees, a formal announcement of UConn rejoining the Big East could happen as soon as Thursday.Among the details of the move, unidentified sources told The Courant: “(T)he exit fee from the AAC could be as high as $12 million because UConn would not be giving a full 27 months notice. The first payment of $2.5 million would be due once UConn notified the AAC of its withdrawal. The Big East entry fee is believed to be about $2.5 million.” Related News Neither the Big East nor multiple athletic departments in the conference would comment to the Courant on Monday’s vote.UConn has not offered a statement since its one Saturday that read: “It is our responsibility to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our student athletes, our fans and our future. With that being said, we have been and remain proud members of the American Athletic Conference.”But for how long?The UConn athletic department has struggled in recent years with finances, most notably facing a $41 million deficit in 2018 that was offset by school and student fees. While the Huskies women’s basketball team has continued to thrive, the department’s two biggest expected revenue-producers — the football and men’s basketball teams — have struggled.Now, where coach Randy Edsall’s football team stands is in question as the university appears poised to join a conference that doesn’t compete in football.For his part, Edsall continued to tweet about his program, sending updates Monday on recruiting, new uniforms and a renovated locker room.Just before 1 p.m. ET, however, Edsall tweeted a gif of the character Sergeant Schultz from the ’60s era situation comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” that said, “I see nothing, I hear nothing. I KNOW NOTHING!” UConn moved another step closer to rejoining the Big East after a vote Monday by conference presidents to extend an invitation, according to multiple reports.The details of the potential move from the American Athletic Conference are set to be reviewed by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and then the UConn Board of Trustees would meet at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday to vote on whether to accept, the Hartford Courant reported.center_img Why North Carolina basketball could look very different soon pic.twitter.com/lNcuu9Mb58— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) June 22, 2019Edsall has not spoken publicly on the pending move.Meanwhile, initial conversations this week among AAC officials and representatives from member schools indicate the conference is unlikely to replace UConn, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, citing an unidentified source.An 11-team AAC could eliminate divisions in football and instead match the two teams with the highest rankings in its conference championship game. That, the Enquirer’s source said, would help raise the conference’s profile and perhaps better position it for a College Football Playoff berth or, outside that, more prestigious bowl bids.last_img read more