Following spring practice, University of Connecticut head football coach Randy Edsall released his 2010 fall depth chart and, to no one’s surprise, red-shirt sophomore Jerome Junior from Archbishop Curley was listed as a starting safety for the Huskies.
Junior broke into the starting lineup early last season, starting 12 of the 13 games in which he appeared. He finished the season with 48 tackles and one interception, which came on Sept. 19 against Baylor. He also had a career-high seven tackles in two different games – Sept. 12 against North Carolina and Nov. 28 against Syracuse.
In his senior season at Curley, Junior was a honorable mention All-State selection and an All-Metro player. He had 153 tackles and 13 sacks that season and also gained 608 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a running back. In addition, Junior blocked three punts.
Also on the depth chart at safety for UConn is red-shirt sophomore John Yurkek, who was a Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star at St. Paul’s before finishing his prep career Wyoming Seminary (PA).
In addition, yet another red-shirt sophomore, Gerrard Sheppard is second on the depth chart at wide receiver. Sheppard also played his high school ball in the MIAA at McDonogh.
Finally, former Loyola quarterback Leon Kinnard debuted with the Huskies this spring. Kinnard was one of the most dynamic offensive players in the MIAA prior to suffering a broken leg early in his senior season, in 2008. Instead of red-shirting last fall, Kinnard stayed in Baltimore and helped the Dons before enrolling at UConn in the spring.
Kinnard took his first college snaps in the spring game, completing 4-of-7 passes for 69 yards. Sheppard had two catches for 48 yards in the contest, including a 39-yard reception.