First the good news: we're only a few days into training camp but the Huskies wide receivers, most of whom are young and inexperienced, are showing well.
The bad news: there's very little depth at the position and it seems that we can't go long before another receiver transfers out of the program. The latest to leave: Gerrard Sheppard.
According to the Hartford Courant's Desmond Conner, Sheppard is headed to Division I-AA Towson State. The destination might sound familiar because it's where former Husky wideout Leon Kinnard landed just last week.
"I have a passion for the game of football," Sheppard told Conner. "And I want to contribute to my team to the best of my ability. That being said I'm looking for another opportunity. I just feel like I wasn't given that opportunity at UConn."
Which is basically why Kinnard left Storrs for Towson.
"Coming to Towson is a great opportunity for me," says Kinnard, via the Baltimore Sun. "I know that I could have contributed if I had stayed at UConn. But I think I have a chance to contribute even more at Towson. I am just looking forward to playing football. I am excited to be playing for Coach Ambrose and having some fun."
It's also an opportunity for Kinnard and Sheppard to be reunited with TU coach Rob Ambrose who was an assistant at UConn during their recruitments.
Conner writes that Sheppard, a "6-2, 217-pound redshirt junior from Owings Mills, Md., had been struggling to find a spot in the rotation under former UConn coach Randy Edsall but that struggle grew under new coach Paul Pasqualoni."
As for the Huskies, their best receiver, Mike Smith, has been declared ineligible for the 2011 season. Which means the burden falls to seniors Kashif and Isiah Moore (no relation).
Silver lining: the younger receivers will have an opportunity to distinguish themselves. Conner has identified two potential candidates: "Broken record time but freshmen receivers Geremy Davis and Tebucky Jones Jr. are just outstanding receivers, they really are and they carry themselves like they've been playing college balls for sure. Two very gifted and talented individuals there. Jones Jr. caught a high ball one-handed streaking over the middle."