Wreh-Wilson Out for W. Michigan

Wreh-Wilson a defensive leader (US PRESSWIRE)

The Connecticut football team will be without one of its top defensive players Saturday against Western Michigan. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said Monday that starting cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson is recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee and may miss more than one game.

"He's going to be out for a couple of weeks," Pasqualoni said on the weekly Big East coaches conference call with the media. "I'm not totally clear on how long he'll be out, but right now he's definitely out for this week."

Wreh-Wilson had a terrific first half in Saturday's 17-3 victory over Buffalo but was injured just before halftime and returned to the UConn sideline on crutches. Wreh-Wilson had six tackles and two pass breakups before leaving the game. Through four games, he is third on the team with 24 tackles and has one interception.

Wilburn, a fifth-year senior from Washington, Ga., replaced Wreh-Wilson and got beat on one long completion for the Bulls. He came close to a pass interference call as well, but was saved by Yawin Smallwood's interception in the end zone. Wilburn had five of his six tackles this season against Buffalo.

In his first three seasons with the Huskies, Wilburn played in 21 games on special teams in the secondary. He started against Buffalo and West Virginia in 2010 as part of UConn's nickel package. Wilburn had a season, and career-high, four tackles at Michigan last season.

"Gary is a very talented guy," Pasqualoni said. "He's an older guy. You know, often times an older, fifth-year senior like a Gary Wilburn is looking for an opportunity to get in there and play. Nobody's happy about the way has happened because Blidi had such a big game going the other night when it happened. It's just a shame. He's a leader and he's a captain, but, hey, this is an opportunity for Gary Wilburn and I think he'll do well with it."

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