Huskies' Scrimmage Sunday

Kitt Pommells, we hardly knew ye. The highly touted defensive back from Patterson, N.J., has left UConn, coach Randy Edsall said after the Huskies' scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on Sunday. Edsall did not go into specifics on the redshirt freshman's departure, saying only that "he withdrew from the university for personal reasons."

An on-campus source, asking not to identified, said Pommells left the university because of poor academics.

Pommells (6-0, 220) never played a down for UConn after arriving as one of the most heralded recruits of February 2005. He struggled with his grades and did not arrive in Storrs until the second summer session a year ago, and was playing with the third team defense during spring workouts.

Pommells wasn't the only one missing from Sunday's scrimmage. Sophomore wide receiver Ellis Gaulden had surgery on his left ACL after injuring it during last weekend's scrimmage. Edsall said he hopes to have Gaulden back in time for preseason camp in August. Senior wide receiver Brandon Young was on crutches after hurting his right knee, but Edsall said the injury was not serious. Young, however, may not play in the Blue-White Scrimmage next Saturday at Rentschler Field. The same goes for senior tight end Dan Murray, who is nursing a sore ankle.

"I know what Danny Murray can do," Edsall said. "If he's not ready, the other kids will get reps, which will make them better."

Senior running back Terry Caulley watched most of the scrimmage from the sidelines. Edsall said he just wanted to give Caulley a rest and take a longer look at Lou Allen, Donald Brown, and Andre Dixon in the backfield.

The quarterback battle has come down to a two-man showdown. Senior Matt Bonislawski and sophomore D.J. Hernandez have emerged as the finalists for the starting job, with redshirt freshman Billy Cundiff and sophomore Dennis Brown out of the running.

The amount of time spent in the program is what has set the finalists apart.

"We've got four guys competing, but two that have separated themselves," Edsall said. "The others have the ability to do some good things, but they're just not where they need to be from an experience standpoint."


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