Football: Tyvon Branch To Oakland

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With the first pick in the fourth round, the Oakland Raiders take, cornerback, Tyvon Branch from the University of Connecticut.

Branch is heading cross country, trading in the east coast blue and white for west coast black and silver.

Football: UConn Game With South Florida Moved To Sunday Evening

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The UConn football team's game at South Florida originally scheduled for Saturday Nov. 22 has been moved to Sunday Nov. 23.

The move was made to allow for a national broadcast of the game on ESPN. The game, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, will kick off at 8 p.m.


Football: And The New Captains Are . . .

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. . .  a couple from last year and two new faces.

D.J. Hernandez (wide receiver) and Darius Butler (cornerback), return for a second year of duty as seniors.

Football: Mike Hicks Held Out Of Action For Disciplinary Reasons

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Junior offensive guard Mike Hicks will not participate in today's Blue-White scrimmage at Rentschler Field.

It was announced before the game that Hicks, of Seymour, will be held out of team activities for 2 weeks for unspecified team violations. It was emphasized that Hicks has not been suspended from the team.

UConn coach Randy Edsall is quickly showing a knack for keeping the state talent at home when it comes to his 2009 recruiting class.

Uconn_football_logoEdsall picked up his second state player for the class when St. Paul-Bristol's Marcus Aiken called and offered him an oral commitment this afternoon.

"He went to practice on Saturday and it felt pretty comfortable to him," St. Paul coach Jude Kelly said. "He was ready to make the decision. My feeling is that if it's a verbal commitment your word is key and I told him if you're comfortable and ready and not going to have any regrets, go ahead and do it and get it done. He slept on it since Saturday and decided this was the place for him."

UConn starting cornerback Darius Butler spent much of Tuesday’s football practice at the Shenkman Center in Storrs wearing a blue shirt.

Uconn_football_logoThe blue shirts are the offense and it was Butler who was working with the depleted Husky wide receiver corps.

With starters Brad Kanuch (quad) and D.J. Hernandez (ankle) nursing injuries along with projected impact receiver Ellis Gaulden (foot), UConn coach Randy Edsall is looking around the roster for beefing up the receiving corps.

Some video views from a fairly uneventful second day of spring practice Thursday at the Shenkman Center.

UConn quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Rob Ambrose works with quarterback Cody Endres (12) while quarterbacks Tyler Lorenzen (4) and Zach Frazer (10) look on Thursday at practice in the Shenkman Center in Storrs.

Some quick hits from the first day of spring practice Tuesday at the Shenkman Center for the UConn football team.

Uconn_football_logo--- A sure sign that spring has arrived?

The first fight.

Though this one came with some surprising sparring partners. In the blue corner, weighing in at 279 pounds, Rob “Bald Bull” Lunn. In the red corner, weighing in at 276 pounds, all the way from Allen Texas, Keith “The Silent Killer” Gray.

Yes, it was a doozy of a scrap, as far as first day scraps go.

There will be a Friday night party in the ‘Ville for UConn in September.

LoucardinalThe Big East announced Tuesday that UConn’s game at Louisville has been moved from Saturday Sept 27 to Friday Sept. 26. The game, at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, will now be played at 8 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN2.

All four times that UConn has met Louisville have broadcast nationally. UConn beat the Cardinals 21-17 at Rentschler Field last year, which was also was played on a Friday night.

UConn football coach Randy Edsall announced during a conference call Monday that the career of offensive lineman Lawrence Green is over at UConn because of injuries. Green was heading into his junior season at UConn.

Lawrence_green"He's done," Edsall said. "He can't play football."

Green began the 2007 season as the start at left guard but sustained a knee injury in the season opener at Duke. Green missed five games because of the injury but returned to the field against Louisville on Oct. 19 and saw action in 5 of the last seven games of the 2007 season.

Edsall had announced in mid-February that Green was scheduled to have knee surgery Feb. 26 and would miss the 2008 season.