Injury sidelines UConn's Stewart for season

UConn's Graham Stewart, a transfer from Florida, suffered a torn pectoral muscle during an off-season workout last month and will miss the 2012 season.

Stewart, a linebacker from Durham and a former all-state player at Xavier in Middletown, suffered the injury on July 23 and underwent surgery on July 27.

He will be a medical redshirt this season and have three years of eligibility starting in 2013. Stewart played as a freshman for the Gators in 2011 before deciding to transfer closer to home.

UConn officials said Wednesday that Stewart would have had to receive a waiver from the NCAA for the usual one-year of no athletic competition for a transfer to be eligible this season, but the school did not complete the waiver process due to the injury.

The Huskies, coming off a 5-7 record in coach Paul Pasqualoni's first season, open training camp on Friday. UConn will have three practices in Storrs open to the public (the practice fields are behind the old Memorial Stadium site on Alumni Drive): Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Tuesday, Aug. 14, 3-5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 18, 8:45-11:15 a.m.)

UConn opens its season on Thursday, Aug. 30, against UMass at Rentschler Field at 7:30 p.m.

- Day Staff Reports

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