Running back Donevin O’Reilly suffered a torn ACL on Monday during a special-teams drill, head coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday.
A redshirt junior, O’Reilly played in only two games in 2017 but had taken the majority of the first team snaps during training camp. O’Reilly was one of the standouts of last April’s spring game after tallying three touchdowns and 179 total yards.
Esdall had been quick to praise the former walk-on’s leadership and work ethic during training camp.
The Huskies have now lost two running backs in as many weeks. Sophomore Nate Hopkins departed the team earlier this month with intentions to transfer. O’Reilly was awarded a scholarship after Hopkins’ exodus.
Freshman Zavier Scott and Sophomore Kevin Mensah are the likely candidates to take over UConn’s No.1 running back role. Freshmen Dante Black and Khyon Gillespie will likely see a significant amount of snaps as well. Esdall also announced Wednesday that freshman linebacker Lavarey Banto was making the switch to running back.
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