Where Are They Now? A Look At The Transfers & Departures Since Randy Edsall’s Return

On Monday, I put out statistics regarding the amount of transfers since Randy Edsall’s return to UConn football. In total, 49 players have now left the program for a myriad of reasons, be it to transfer to another school, retire from football altogether or depart UConn for disciplinary reasons.

The following is a full breakdown, by class, with what happened to each former Husky since Edsall’s return, beginning with the Class of 2014.

2014 (4 Transfers – 1 FBS, 1 FCS, 1 D2, 1 Canada):

RB Ron Johnson – Johnson was the first transfer following Edsall’s return, departing the Huskies January 17, 2017. He landed at Division II Valdosta State in Georgia, where he accumulated 250-total yards and 2 TD’s during his final year of collegiate football.

DL Sheridan Lawley – Lawley departed the Huskies following the 2017 season to return to Canada, where he played for the University of British Columbia. He played in 4 games in 2018, racking up 17-tackles, 4.5 TFL’s and finished 2nd on the team with 3-sacks. Lawley was selected 24th overall in the 2019 CFL Draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and finished the 2019 season on the practice squad.

S Anthony Watkins – Watkins also left following the 2017 season and transferred to Wagner (FCS) for his final year of eligibility. During 2018, Watkins made 32-tackles and recovered a fumble with the Seahawks.

S Brice McAllister – Like the prior two, McAllister left UConn after 2017, transferring to UMass (FBS). The western Mass native made 74-tackles, had 3-interceptions and recovered a fumble during his final collegiate season in Amherst.

2015 (13 Departures – 3 P5, 2 G5, 1 FCS, 1 DIII, 6 Retired):

TE Zordan Holman – Holman left UConn after the 2018 season and did not play football in 2019.

K Michael Tarbutt – Tarbutt left UConn after the 2018 season and ultiamtely landed at Minnesota (Big Ten), where he saw the resurgence of the Gophers program firsthand this season. He made his only kick of the year, an extra point in a win against Maryland in October.

TE Chris Lee – Lee left the Huskies program in March of 2017, retiring from football altogether for what he called “losing the desire to play.”

LB William Richardson – Richardson ran into a number of judicial issues during his time with the Huskies and was ultimately dismissed from school.

LB Luke Sowa – Sowa departed following spring football in 2017 and after playing a year of JUCO at Butler (Kansas), he landed a full scholarship as a fullback with Kansas State (Big XII). He sat out the 2018 season with an injury and appeared in 11-games in Manhattan this season.

CB John Robinson – Robinson has been on social media in recent days following the announcement on Friday of several players leaving UConn. He transferred to Tennessee State after the 2017 season and made 16-tackles at his new school. He will be graduating in less than a month, but did not play football in 2019.

S Aaron Garland – Garland moved back home to Illinois in 2017 after graduating in three years. He did not play football again.

LB Nazir Williams – Williams was dismissed from UConn in June, 2017 due to a violation of Division of Athletics policy. He landed at Coffeyville Junior College before moving on to DIII at Wesley College, where he made 68-tackles in 2018.

DE Connor Freeborn – Freeborn retired from football following the 2018 season and began a career in business.

S Marshe Terry – Terry transferred to Northern Illinois (MAC) after the 2018 season. He played in all 12-games this year, as he made 39-tackles and recovered 3 fumbles.

DL Philippe Okounam – Okounam left UConn following the 2018 season and did not play football this year.

TE Tyler Davis – Davis transferred to Georgia Tech (ACC) after 2018, where he started 11-games and made 17-receptions for 148-yards and 1 TD. Following his final collegiate game, Davis gave an emotional interview:

DT Kevin Murphy – Murphy left the Huskies program after the 2018 season and was reunited with former HC Bob Diaco at Louisiana Tech (Conference USA), who serves as DC for another former UConn HC, Skip Holtz. Murphy was injured during training camp, but made it back to play in 9-games, recording 12-tackles.

NOTE – Prior to Edsall’s arrival, several players left the program under Diaco from this class (1 IVY, 1 JUCO, 1 D2, 1 Retired):

DL David Ryslik – Ryslik transferred to Penn and recorded 39-tackles and 1.5-sacks in 2019.

DL Dallas Parker – Parker landed at Saddleback (JUCO) following his departure and there is no info following his stop there.

DL Felton Blackwell – Blackwell was dismissed from program for legal trouble and landed at Coffeyville (JUCO), before moving on to Shaw University (D2).

WR Frank Battle – Battle did not play football again after he left UConn.

2016 (19 Departures, 1 P5, 1 G5, 2 FCS, 1 D2, 1 Retired, 13 TBD):

LS Nick Zecchino – Zecchino faced health issues during his time at UConn and ultimately left the school after the 2017 season. He transferred to Purdue (Big Ten), where he was reunited with former UConn DC Anthony Poindexter and Kevin Wolthausen, the Boilermakers special teams coordinator, appearing in all 12-games.

P Brett Graham – Graham was honored on senior day and entered the transfer portal last week.

OL Noel Brouse – Brouse was honored on senior day and entered the transfer portal last week.

S Tyler Coyle – Coyle served as a defensive team captain in 2019 and led the team in tackles the last two seasons. He notified head coach Randy Edsall of his intention to transfer on Friday and entered the portal.

OL Cam DeGeorge – DeGeorge was honored on senior day and has yet to enter the transfer portal.

RB Ja’Kevious Vickers – Vickers left UConn after the 2017 season and transferred to Butler Community College, a JUCO in Kansas, where he ran for 708-yards and 4 TD’s in 2018. He moved on to Tennessee-Martin (FCS) this season, but did not play much. He recorded 1 tackle on the year.

DE AJ Garson – Garson was honored on senior day and has entered the transfer portal.

RB Nate Hopkins – Hopkins left UConn in the middle of training camp in 2018, transferring to North Texas (Conference USA). He did not register a carry and looks to have left the team before the 2019 season.

OL Nino Leone – Leone was honored on senior day and has entered the transfer portal.

LB Ryan Gilmartin – Gilmartin notified Edsall of his intention to transfer on Friday and entered the portal.

CB Tahj Herring-Wilson – Herring notified Edsall of his intention to transfer on Friday and entered the portal.

WR Quayvon Skanes – Skanes is leaving the Huskies program, but has not entered the transfer portal.

LB Eddie Hahn – Hahn was honored on senior day and has entered the transfer portal.

TE Donovan Williams – Williams served as a captain in 2019. He notified Edsall of his intention to transfer on Friday, but has not yet entered the portal.

WR Keyion Dixon – Dixon left UConn after the 2018 season and landed at Eastern Kentucky (FCS). He made 34-receptions for 497-yards and 1 TD in 2019.

FB Teddy Allmendinger – Allmendinger left UConn after the spring in 2017, transferring to DIII Trinity.

WR/K Mason Donaldson – Donaldson has entered the transfer portal.

DL Andrew Migliaccio – A walk-on, Migliaccio has entered the transfer portal.

WR Bryan Coney – Coney arrived at UConn as a PWO and left the Huskies program following the 2017 season. He transferred to the University of New Haven (D2), where he had 2-receptions for 34-yards in the 2018 season opener, before suffering a season ending injury. He did not play football in 2019.

2017 (9 Departures – 1 G5, 2 FCS, 1 D2, 2 JUCO, 1 Retired, 2 TBD):

CB Jordan Swann – Swann left UConn after the 2017 season and transferred to Maine (FCS). He’s played in 13-games over the last two years with 7 total tackles and 3 passes defended.

WR Justin Morehead – Morehead was a walk-on from Notre Dame-West Haven, who announced his decision to transfer prior to the start of the 2019 season. He landed at Garden City Community College (JUCO) in Kansas and played in 4 games, but did not register a catch.

OL Robert Holmes (Edsall) – Holmes has entered the transfer portal.

OL Stanley Hubbard – Hubbard has entered the transfer portal.

S Brayden Brown (Edsall) – Brown left UConn after the 2017 season and has not returned to football.

DE/LB Darrian Beavers (Edsall) – Beavers left UConn following 2018, transferring to Cincinnati (AAC), where he was eligible to play immediately. He finished with 34-tackles, including 3 against the Huskies in November.

OL James Tunstall – Tunstall left UConn after the 2018 season, transferring to Stony Brook (FCS). He played in all 12-games this season.

QB Jordan McAfee – McAfee left UConn after 2018 and landed at Assumption College (D2). He threw for 1,101-yards, 6 TD’s and 3 INT’s, while also rushing for 136-yards and 6 TD’s.

QB Marvin Washington (Edsall) – Washington transferred to Garden City Community College (JUCO) in Kansas, where he served as a backup quarterback (no stats available).

2018 (1 Departure – TBD):

CB Ryan Carroll (Edsall) – Carroll entered the transfer portal after the 2019 season. He played in all 12 games as a true freshman, but missed all of this year for academic reasons.

2019 (3 Departures – 3 TBD):

DL Jeff Woods (Edsall) – Woods was an early enrollee in the spring, but left the Huskies program, notifying Edsall on the day players reported for training camp. He has not transferred to another school for football.

K Sean Young (Edsall) – Young was a transfer from Florida International who played sparingly as a kickoff specialist n 2019 and left the team mid-season. He’s been vocal about his experience with the Huskies, specifically after suffering an injury and might have 1-year of eligibility remaining.

QB Mike Beaudry (Edsall) – Beaudry announced his decision to leave UConn on Saturday and will look for a new school for his final year of eligibility, after applying for a 6th year.

So in total, since Edsall returned to Storrs, 49 players have left the program including 8 players recruited by the new staff (only Beavers has gone FBS so far).

SUMMARY

P5: 4 (Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Purdue)

FBS: 9 total (including the 4 P5)

FCS: 6

D2: 3

DIII: 1

Canada: 1 (Lawley did go on to CFL)

JUCO: 2

Retired/Stopped Playing: 9

Transfer Portal/TBD: 18 (including Jeff Woods who left at start of 2019)

FINAL BREAKDOWN:

Diaco Transfers (41): 4 P5, 4 G5, 6 FCS, 3 D2, 1 DIII, 1 Canada, 1 JUCO, 8 Stopped Playing, 13 TBD/Portal

Edsall Transfers (8): 1 G5, 1 JUCO, 1 Stopped Playing, 5 TBD/Portal

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