New UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni confirmed that senior wide receiver Mike Smith is academically ineligible to play in 2011. Although Smith led the Huskies with 46 catches for 615 yards and two touchdowns last season, don't expect him to throw his name into the hat for the NFL supplemental draft - which is likely to be held in July.
Smith is not currently rated among the draftable wide receiver prospects for 2012 by NFLDraftScout.com. The 13-game starter in 2010 is 6-feet-2 and 202 pounds, and can consider 2011 a redshirt season since he played as a true freshman. The Houston native is expected to stick around the Huskies' program.
"Michael will be, obviously in the program," Pasqualoni said, per The Hartford Courant. "He will be in practice each day. He just will not participate in games.
"I do think this is a year that he can use to improve himself all the way around and then still have a final year of eligibility.
--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com executive editor