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Husky Football Update

Anthony Sherman in the Fiesta Bowl for UConn.
Jan. 2, 2015

STORRS, Conn. - Two former University of Connecticut football players will take part in the upcoming NFL playoff in quarterback Dan Orlovsky of the Detroit Lions and cornerback Darius Butler of the Indianapolis Colts.

The Lions take on the Dallas Cowboys in Wild Card Weekend action on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on FOX while the Colts play the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday at CBS.

Butler is in his sixth season in the NFL and third with the Colts. He has played in 14 games this season with four stars and has made 46 tackles with nine pass deflections. He had a career NFL total of 189 tackles in 83 NFL games and four interceptions.

Butler was an All-Big East pick at UConn as a senior in 2008 and started 45 career games with 180 career tackles and ten interceptions. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Orlovsky is in his ninth season in the NFL - the longest tenure of any UConn player. He returned to the Lions this season after playing his first four seasons with the team (2005-08). He also has played for Houston (2009-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Tampa Bay (2013).

Orlovsky played at UConn from 2001-04 and was a key figure in the Huskies' transition to a FBS school. He led the Huskies to their first-ever bowl game - a win in the 2004 Motor City Bowl - and threw for a school-record 10,706 yards.


Former UConn fullback Anthony Sherman, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, earned second team All-Pro Honors this season from the Associated Press. He becomes the first-ever Husky to be named to that team.

Sherman just completed his second season with the Chiefs after playing his first two years in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011-12. Sherman has played in all 32 of the Chiefs' games the past two seasons and started six games this year with 10 receptions for 71 yards and a TD.

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As we look to the 2015 season, here's a look at how the Huskies' upcoming opponents did in bowl games and post-season play. The schedule includes a total of eight teams that played in the postseason in 2014.

Villanova (Sept. 3) - advanced to quarterfinals of NCAA FCS playoff with win over Liberty in second round and played Sam Houston State in quarterfinals

Missouri (Sept. 19) - defeated Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl, 33-17

BYU (Oct. 2) - played Memphis in the Miami Beach Bowl

East Carolina - played Florida in Birmingham Bowl

Cincinnati - played Virginia Tech in the Military Bowl

Houston - defeated Pittsburgh in Armed Forces Bowl, 35-34

Navy - defeated San Diego State in Poinsettia Bowl, 17-16

UCF - played North Carolina State in the St. Petersburg Bowl

Also, from the 2014 season, UConn played Boise State, which won the Fiesta Bowl over Arizona, 38-30; and Memphis, which won the Miami Beach Bowl over BYU, 55-48.