Spotlight On Dahna Deleston

The Hartford Courant

Played at UConn from 2004-08 and became a success at safety, a solid cover guy but an even better hitter. Vicious. Deleston's strength is that he was a calming influence as one of the Huskies' last lines of defense, not to mention his versatility. He capped his career at UConn with a 100-yard interception return against Buffalo in UConn's International Bowl win in his last game.

An All-State player at East Catholic in Manchester, Deleston's 48 games at UConn are among the most in school history. He started in 33. Deleston was tied for fourth in most tackles on the team with 40 in 2008 but went into the year as the school's active career with 210. Deleston was also an effective special teams' player.

NFL Highlights: Deleston, who graduated in '09 and majored in sociology, landed a spot briefly on the Bears roster as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He hurt his hamstring late in the exhibition season and was placed on injured reserve when finals cuts were being made. Later, the Bears reached an injury settlement with Deleston and waived him.

Life After UConn: Deleston, 24, is keeping it local. Deleston and fellow Husky Danny Lansanah were among on the first players signed to Hartford's United Football League team, the Colonials.He worked out at UConn's Pro Day in May 2009 but it's the one in May 2010 that might have set him up for the professional career he desires.

"My dream is to play in the NFL but a spot with the Colonials, yes, that would be cool, too," Deleston said with a smile after his latest workout for pro scouts. "It's an opportunity to get some game film together because that's the one thing I don't have. But I would welcome an opportunity to play in the UFL. I just want to play."

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