Wreh-Wilson May Also Miss USF

Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson is off crutches, has a slight limp, and is working hard in rehabilitation to heal his sprained right knee. But UConn's fourth-leading tackler will definitely miss this week's game at West Virginia – and might not be ready when South Florida visits Rentschler Field on Oct. 15.

"I don't know, but I would say that's a stretch," UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said Tuesday when asked if the South Florida game would be a possibility.

Wreh-Wilson, who was wearing a brace Tuesday, said he wants to get back as soon as he can – but it all depends on his progress in rehab. If he can't play against South Florida, the Huskies don't play again until Oct. 26 at Pittsburgh.

"I'm just taking it a day at a time right now," he said. "I've been doing two or three treatments [in the swimming pool] a day. So basically it is studying, treatments and meetings for me. That's all I've been doing. I'm doing a lot of pool work, quad work. It's been good."

The injury, a sprained MCL in his right knee, happened in a strange way late in the first half of UConn's 17-3 victory at Buffalo. Wreh-Wilson, who already had six tackles in the game, and safety Ty-Meer Brown were both going for a ball thrown high over a receiver. It is hard to see what caused the injury on video of the play, but the two UConn players made knee-to-knee contact.

Asked if he even realized Brown was in the area, Wreh-Wilson said, "I found out."

"At first, I thought it was my head and my side," Wreh-Wilson said. "My whole right side hurt. But when I stood up, my knee just didn't feel right.

Wreh-Wilson threw aside his crutches Saturday and tried to do some coaching of the UConn secondary as it struggled to contain Western Michigan's potent aerial offense.

"I feel like Coach [Don] Brown's little sidekick," Wreh-Wilson said. "But I'm doing everything I can to help."

Don Brown is UConn's defensive coordinator.

NOTES: Sophomore tailback Martin Hyppolite is getting closer to game action. He injured his knee in the spring and returned to practice last week. Pasqualoni is keeping a close eye on Hyppolite and hoping he can provide some depth at tailback. Lyle McCombs has been basically a one-man attack. This week Jonathan Jean-Louis is listed behind McCombs on the depth chart, along with freshman Deshon Foxx. … Junior linebacker Jerome Williams (knee) is also close to a return, but Pasqualoni did not indicate that would come this week. … D.J. Shoemate, who was supposed to be the starting tailback before he sprained his ankle before the season opener, will miss the remainder of the season because of a dislocated shoulder suffered against Iowa State. Shoemate and Jimmy Bennett, who tore an ACL in practice last Thursday, are applying for medical redshirt redshirt status to regain one season each. Pasqualoni said there was no update on their status yet. "It's too early," Pasqualoni said. "The ink's not dry yet." Bennett is a redshirt junior, who would be back next year, but might get a sixth season of eligibility through the appeal. Shoemate, a transfer from USC, is a senior. … Quarterback Johnny McEntee made the Big East Honor Roll this week with 300 passing yards and four TDs in the loss to Western Michigan. … McCombs said he wasn't surprised to be so wide open on his 26-yard TD pass from McEntee against Western Michigan. McCombs said offensive coordinator George DeLeone drew up the play for the WMU defense. "Johnny read the coverage and we audibled to that play and it worked just like it did in practice," McCombs said. And, yes, McCombs did hear from Pasqualoni regarding his high-kick into the end zone, even though there was no penalty. "He said we can't do those things because the refs won't miss those calls any more. I've just got to give the ball to the ref and act like I've been there, I guess."

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