Deon Anderson Returns to UConn

Deon Anderson always loved football. That was one of the reasons Randy Edsall was so high on Anderson when he recruited the hard-knocking fullback in 2001. Anderson's love for the game apparently is so strong that it has brought him back to the University of Connecticut.

"He's here, he's paying his own way for classes, and he's taking part in football activities right now," Edsall said this morning. "He's a walk-on who'll be fighting for a chance to play, just like everybody else."

Deon Anderson left UConn after his junior year, in which the Huskies went 8-4, including a 39-10 victory over Toledo in the Motor City Bowl. He rushed for 99 yards and caught 14 passes for 133 yards while also playing a key role busting up the opponent's blocking wedge on kickoff return coverage.

The reason Anderson left the team was never made clear, though disciplinary issues were a cause for speculation. Edsall did not comment on Anderson's departure last summer or this morning. He also didn't say what made Anderson change his mind.

"He came to me and asked me if there was room for him to come back, and I said yes," Edsall said.

The Providence native was not available for comment this morning.

An exuberant player and a popular teammate, Anderson will be a welcome commodity if he can return to his old form. He immediately becomes UConn's best blocking fullback and one of its most reliable special teams players.

"He's here, he's paying his own way for classes, and he's taking part in football activities right now," Edsall said this morning. "He's a walk-on who'll be fighting for a chance to play, just like everybody else."

Anderson left UConn after his junior year, in which the Huskies went 8-4, including a 39-10 victory over Toledo in the Motor City Bowl. He rushed for 99 yards and caught 14 passes for 133 yards while also playing a key role busting up the opponent's blocking wedge on kickoff return coverage.

The reason Anderson left the team was never made clear, though disciplinary issues were a cause for speculation. Edsall did not comment on Anderson's departure last summer or this morning. He also didn't say what made Anderson change his mind.

"He came to me and asked me if there was room for him to come back, and I said yes," Edsall said.

The Providence native was not available for comment this morning.

An exuberant player and a popular teammate, Anderson will be a welcome commodity if he can return to his old form. He immediately becomes UConn's best blocking fullback and one of its most reliable special teams players.

Anderson is not the only former Husky paying his own way to play this winter and spring. Defensive back Donta Moore, who was expelled by the school for a semester in the wake of his brush with the law stemming from an incident in Willimantic involving a pellet gun last May, also is making a comeback after missing the 2005 season.

Spring practice begins Saturday, March 18. Anderson is not the only former Husky paying his own way to play this winter and spring. Defensive back Donta Moore, who was expelled by the school for a semester in the wake of his brush with the law stemming from an incident in Willimantic involving a pellet gun last May, also is making a comeback after missing the 2005 season.

Spring practice begins Saturday, March 18.


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