UConn’s Hergy May­ala ex­pected to go early in to­day’s CFL draft

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Jim Fuller james.fuller @hearst­medi­act.com; @NHRJimFull­er

No UConn play­ers were se­lected in the re­cently com­pleted NFL draft but on Thurs­day night a for­mer Husky, Hergy May­ala, doesn’t fig­ure to have to wait long to be taken when the CFL holds its an­nual draft.

May­ala, a Mon­treal na­tive, is fifth in the fi­nal CFL Scouting Bureau rank­ings but in a mock draft posted on the CFL of­fi­cial site on Wed­nes­day, he was pro­jected to be taken with the sec­ond over­all pick.

Mul­ti­ple CFL teams sent rep­re­sen­ta­tives to UConn’s pro day and cer­tainly the CFL is well ac­quainted with UConn prod­ucts as Iowa and Con­necti­cut are the only U.S. pro­grams with mul­ti­ple first-round picks in the last four drafts with Alex Mateas the top pick in

2015 and fel­low of­fen­sive line­man Trey Ruther­ford se­lected sec­ond over­all in

2018.

May­ala fin­ished his ca­reer with 113 re­cep­tions, the sixth most at UConn dur­ing the FBS era.

May­ala had a rather quiet se­nior sea­son with just one game when he had more than 50 re­ceiv­ing yards. As a ju­nior he had three 100yard re­ceiv­ing games and seven touch­down catches.

For­mer UConn de­fen­sive line­man Sheri­den Law­ley, who had three sacks in four games for the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia dur­ing the

2018 sea­son af­ter record­ing 18 tack­les at UConn in 2016 and 2017, also has a chance to be taken.

Toronto has the No. 1 over­all pick for the draft which starts at 8 p.m.

CROZIER IS DEN­VER BOUND

For­mer UConn of­fen­sive line­man Ryan Crozier will be head­ing to rookie camp with the Den­ver Bron­cos.

Crozier, who started 29 games dur­ing his UConn ca­reer, had an im­pres­sive show­ing at UConn’s pro day in a time of 4.95 sec­onds in the 40-yard dash and a

9-foot-6 broad jump. The Bron­cos se­lected Kansas State of­fen­sive tackle Dalton Ris­ner with the

41st over­all pick in the NFL draft and the first 10 un­drafted free agents signed by Den­ver in­cluded three of­fen­sive line­men.

Crozier is one of three mem­bers of the 2018 UConn team head­ing to rookie camps as re­ceiver Kyle Buss and quar­ter­back David Pin­dell re­ceived camp in­vites from Min­nesota and Tampa Bay.

For­mer Granby High of­fen­sive line­man Jake Lar­gay, who started at mul­ti­ple po­si­tions dur­ing his time at UMass, will be tak­ing part in rookie camp with the At­lanta Fal­cons.

Stephen Dunn / Associated Press

UConn wide re­ceiver Hergy May­ala misses a pass dur­ing the first half against Cen­tral Florida on Aug. 20 in East Hart­ford.

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