Jan. 27, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut senior linebacker Sio Moore (Apex, N.C.) tied for the North team lead in tackles with six at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday as the South defeated the North 21-16. Moore was a late addition to the North team roster last week as he made four tackles and impressed several coaches and media members as he played for the East team in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Tampa, Fla.
UConn cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz (Piscataway, N.J.) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Edinboro, Pa.) also played in the Senior Bowl. Linebacker Trevardo Williams (Bridgeport, Conn.) was also schedule to play, but was a late scratch with an injury. Gratz made four tackles inthe game while Wreh-Wilson had two an a pass break-up.
After Moore chased down Texas A&M running back Christine Michael in the East-West game for a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, Mayock spent a couple of minutes raving about Moore on the NFL Network broadcast - according to Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register.
"I like the combination of heavy production at a BCS school, a great week of practice and following it up with a solid game," Mayock said. "I think as this process goes on you are going to see this guy start to rise, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if at the end of April he doesn't end up in the third round."
The announcers also said that Moore drew praise from East head coach Jerry Glanville. Glanville, a former head coach of the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, said "put an asterisk next to that guy because you are going to know who he is in the next couple of years."
UConn tight end Ryan Griffin (Loudonderry, N.H.) and outside linebacker Jory Johnson (Mobile, Ala.) both played for the "Stripes" team as the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 19. The "Stripes" team posted a 31-3 win over the "Stars" squad. Johnson had two tackles in the game while Griffin did not have any receptions.
UConn wide receiver/kick returner Nick Williams (East Windsor, N.J.) played in the the second annual Casino Del Sol All-Star Game for the East team. The contest was Friday, January 11 at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., and the West team won 40-7.
Husky wide receiver Michael Smith (Houston, Texas) will play in the annual Texas vs. The Nation at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 pm CT on Saturday, February 2.