UConn wide receiver Matt Drayton not participating in football activities following arrest

Sep. 11—Matt Drayton, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver on the UConn football team, is not participating in football activities at this time after he was arrested last week, Hearst Connecticut Media reported Saturday.

The incident allegedly began with a verbal argument outside a UConn residence hall. The activity escalated to physical contact. The victim did not suffer any serious injuries and refused medical attention.

"We are aware of the situation regarding student-athlete Matt Drayton of the football team," the UConn Athletic Department said in a statement. "We are concerned for all parties involved and are monitoring the situation and will address it further at the appropriate time. He will not be participating in football activities. At this point in time, we have no further comment."

Drayton, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault and was released on a $2,500 nonsurety bond and is awaiting disposition.

Drayton caught 21 passes for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 12 games as a freshman in 2019. UConn didn't play a season in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns and he missed the 2021 season with an injury.

Drayton played in the Huskies' season-opening loss at Utah State but did not record any offensive statistics. He did not see action in Saturday's home opener against Central Connecticut State.

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