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Football Update: Mateas Wins Grey Cup, Melifonwu To Senior Bowl

Nov. 28, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - Former UConn offensive lineman Alex Mateas and his Ottawa REDBLACKS teammates won the Grey Cup game on Sunday night over the Calgary Stampeders by a 39-33 score to win the Canadian Football League Championship in Toronto.

Mateas, a native of Ottawa, played for the Huskies from 2012-14 and was the first overall pick of the 2015 CFL Draft. Mateas is in his second season with the REDBLACKS and it marks the second-straight year at that Ottawa advanced to the Grey Cup final.

Mateas joined a list of other former Huskies that have hoisted the Grey Cup, including Martin Bedard and Larry Taylor with Montreal in 2009 and ’11, and Jordan Younger and Danny Desriveaux with Toronto in 2012.

Mateas started 24 games at center for the Huskies from 2013-14 and started four games in 2012. He was a BIG EAST Conference All-Academic pick.


UConn senior safety Obi Melifonwu (South Grafton, Mass.), who played his final game with the Huskies on Saturday, officially accepted his invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Melifonwu led UConn with 118 tackles this season and four interceptions. He tied a school single-game record with 24 tackles vs. Tulane on Saturday.

The Senior Bowl, considered one of the top collegiate all-star games, will be played on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. Central and will be televised on the NFL Network.

Melifonwu joins a long list of Huskies who played in the Senior Bowl, including Dan Orlovsky and Alfred Fincher in 2005, Will Beatty, Darius Butler and Cody Brown in 2009, Lawrence Wilson in 20011, Kendall Reyes in 2012, Sio Moore, Dwayne Gratz and Blidi Wreh-Wilson in 2013 and Shamar Stephen in 2014.