Experienced offensive tackle who will be a leader on an offensive line that lost two starters from 2008.
Career: Has 35 career starts as a Husky with 36 games played ... 31 of his starts have been at right tackle with four at left guard.
2008: Started all 13 games for the Huskies at right tackle in 2008 ... Was part of an offensive line that allowed running back Donald Brown to lead the country in rushing ... UConn team was ranked 20th in the country in rushing yards per game and second in the BIG EAST at 204.58 yards per game ... Earned a game ball, along with his fellow offensive linemen, in UConn's win over Virginia (Sept. 13).
2007: Played in all 13 games, starting all but the season opener at Duke (Sept. 1) ... Started the games against Maine (Sept. 8), Syracuse (Nov. 17), West Virginia (Nov. 24) and Wake Forest (Dec. 29) at left guard and the others at right tackle ... Shared the offensive game ball with his fellow linemen after the USF game (Oct. 27).
2006: Appeared in 10 games, all starts, at right tackle, missing the Syracuse (Nov. 18) and Cincinnati (Nov. 25) games with an ankle injury.
2005: Redshirted ... Named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week prior to the Louisville game (Dec. 3).
High School: An All-State selection on the offensive line by both The Hartford Courant and The New Haven Register ... Also earned All-League and All-Area honors as a senior and was an All-League pick as a junior ... On defense, had 37 tackles with seven sacks ... Team went 8-2 in his senior year while advancing to the state finals in both 2001 and 2002 ... A state weight lifting champion, totaling 1,080 (bench, squat and clean combined) ... Also earned two varsity letters in basketball ... Helped deliver food to the homeless for five years.
Personal Profile: Michael Paul Hicks ... Born on September 24, 1986 ... A sociology major.
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