UConn Poised to Make Mark on NFL Draft

Win-loss record, conference record, out-of-conference schedule, bowl appearances, and recruiting: just a few  measures of a collegiate football program.  But what about the number of players that the program sends to the NFL?  When a program takes fairly unheralded recruits, and develops them into top NFL prospects, that is a clear reflection on the quality of the […]

Sports Briefs: Rovell on NCAA Fantasy Games, UConn’s Donald Thomas, Former NFL Executive Launches blog

As a follow-up to the Connecticut Sports Law article regarding the use of players’ names in college fantasy football games, see Darren Rovell’s recent post on his Sports Biz blog.  Rovell, CNBC’s sports business guru, writes that he has played fantasy football for 4 years using players’ names (although not through a major provider such as CBS).  He also […]

Pro Football Update: Ricky Santos and Other Local Players Look to Catch On

The Boston Globe has provided an update of the progress of some local football players’ quest to play professionally.  Connecticut Sports Law favorite Ricky Santos, now with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, is mentioned, as is Mackenzy Bernadeau, the offensive lineman from Bentley College who was drafted by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Some former UConn football players […]

NFL Draft: Connecticut Connections and Notes

Two UConn Players Drafted, Two Signed as Rookie Free Agents Cornerback Tyvon Branch was selected with the 1st pick of the 4th round (100th overall) by the Oakland Raiders; of note, Branch graduated from UConn in only 3 1/2 years Offensive Guard Donald Thomas, a West Haven native, was selected with the 29th pick of the 6th round […]

NFL Draft Update: UConn’s Branch, Thomas Ranked in Top 10 at Their Positions

UConn’s Tyvon Branch and Donald Thomas have been ranked in the top 10 draft-eligible players at their respective positions by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.  Branch is listed as the fourth best safety prospect in the draft, while Thomas is listed as the tenth best offensive guard prospect. Without taking any credit away from […]