NCF Nation: Marcus Aiken

Connecticut coach Randy Edsall held a summer update teleconference today before he and his coaching staff go on vacation. Edsall said it's been an uneventful summer in Storrs, but he also announced that two receivers won't be with the team this fall.

Redshirt freshmen Marcus Aiken and Malik Generett will both have to try to work their way back next year. Aiken was dismissed from the university, while Generett is ineligible. Edsall would only say the two ran afoul of university policies without elaborating, but he indicated there were no legal issues involved and that the departures were related to academics.

"It's unfortunate that some guys just don't take care of things they should take care of," he said. "If guys took care of their business, they wouldn't put themselves in that situation."

Aiken worked out at safety this spring but was moved to receiver at the end of spring ball. Generett showed some promise during spring, and at 6-foot-4 he was the team's lone true big target at wideout.

The injury news is more positive for the Huskies. Offensive lineman Jimmy Bennett, who missed the spring with a knee injury, should be ready to go for fall camp. UConn's coaches loved Bennett's potential to be a big-time player at tackle before he got hurt.

"He has worked extremely hard," Edsall said. "I think can he be every bit as good as we thought he could be."

Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and linebacker Jesse Joseph, who both had shoulder injuries this spring, are full go, as is receiver Nick Williams (hip). The status of defensive lineman Greg Lloyd, who suffered a serious knee injury near the end of last season, is still up in the air.

"A lot depends on how hard Greg wants to work in the next month," Edsall said. "If he works really hard, he should be OK to get started."

Defensive tackle Alex Polito, who tore his labrum this spring, will be back toward the end of preseason camp, Edsall said. Backup linebacker Emmanuel Omokaro is out until about late September.

Edsall said all of the freshmen reported Sunday and are eligible. Wide receiver Geremy Davis has a knee injury that he suffered while working out this summer, and that may force him to sit out this season, the coach said.

All in all, the news is more positive than negative for the veteran-laden Huskies. While Aiken and Generett would have added depth to the receiving corps, neither was being looked at as a starter. Getting Wreh-Wilson and Joseph back is key to the defense, and if Bennett regains his form it will add to an already imposing O-line.

Sounds like Edsall issued a challenge to Lloyd to work hard on his rehab; the former linebacker could give the defensive line some needed strength on the edge if he's sound.

Big East lunchtime links

February, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Prized quarterback prospect Tom Savage helped keep the Scarlet Knights' recruiting class together in the wake of defections, Keith Sargeant writes in the Home News Tribune.

• Rutgers picked up an in-state linebacker, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Ledger.

• Syracuse got a commitment from linebacker/defensive end Brandon Sharpe, who had originally committed to Louisville. Sharpe's high school teammate, Shamarko Thomas, had switched his pledge from Louisville to the Orange earlier this month.

• The Hartford Courant's Shawn Courchesne spotlights future UConn wide receiver and in-state product Marcus Aiken.

• South Florida is waiting on word from a few players as it puts the finishing touches on a highly-ranked recruiting class, Greg Auman says in the St. Petersburg Times.

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