WR Phillips leaves team

John F. Silver

UConn WR Shakim Phillips is no longer on the UConn football team.

Reports yesterday surfaced online that he was in Boston visiting Boston College — a place he attended before transferring to UConn — and this morning head coach Bob Diaco confirmed to Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant that Phillips has moved on.

Phillips was initially a transfer from BC and played two years with the Huskies, but was injured much of the time and never was able to utilize his talents. He had 28 catches for 406 yards last season, but missed a lot of time with a hamstring issue. Phillips had 10 catches for 170 yards against Maryland, but pulled up lame on a long touchdown catch and never really got back in the swing of things.

The Huskies return all-conference wide receiver Geremy Davis, who went over 1,000 yards receiving last year as well as rising senior Deshonn Foxx, an excellent slot option.

The Huskies also have plenty of options to replace Phillips including rising senior Kamal Abrams, rising sophomores John Greene, Dhameer Bradley, Noel Thomas and Brian LeMelle, while redshirt freshman Thomas Lucas, who is a 6-foot-2 athlete converted from corner, had a strong spring under Diaco.

Phillips will have to complete his course work and graduate this spring or early summer to transfer out as a graduate student.




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