UConn depth takes hit with loss of Campbell

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Connecticut announced over the weekend that expected starting defensive end Marcus Campbell will not play this season and will not be enrolled in school.

Campbell, a junior who's had some academic problems in the past, played in 12 games last year as a reserve and was being counted on to help fill the void left by star ends Cody Brown and Julius Williams.

Now the Huskies will have to get production out of some far more unproven players. Candidates include junior Mike Cox, who missed all of last year with an injury, redshirt freshmen Ted Jennings and A.J. Portee and true freshmen Jesse Joseph and Trevardo Williams, both of whom enrolled early and participated in spring practice. Randy Edsall has proven to be a master of player development, and he'll have to get some of these young guys ready.

Senior Lindsey Witten also needs to have a big year at the other end spot. Witten is a talented guy who just has to prove he can bring it every down.

UConn also announced that two of its recruits, linebacker Mike Osiecki and quarterback Leon Kinnard, would delay their enrollment until January. Osiecki was the state high school player of the year in Connecticut, but he wasn't going to be needed this year because the Huskies return all three starting linebackers, who are all juniors. Kinnard would have been behind Zach Frazer, Cody Endres and Johnny McEntee on the depth chart.

The Huskies also won't have redshirt freshman receiver Brian Parker, who's academically ineligible, or redshirt freshman running back Nate Sherr, who's transferring to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.