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Stamps find potential steal in UConn’s Mayala

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When he was seven years old, Hergy Mayala was part of a leap-of-faith relocation, moving with his mom, Gilberte, and four older siblings from his birthplace in the Central African nation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Montreal, Que.

“Yes, a big culture shock,’’ Mayala confessed from the UConn campus, where he’s winding up a communications degree.

“I sure wasn’t ready for the cold.

“But the more time I spent in Montreal, the more I got to like it.”

Growing up on the West Island section of Canadiens-mad Montreal, he gave hockey a pass (“I skated a couple of times”), taking a shine to football in general and Alouettes’ super-slotback S.J. Green in particular.

“When I was younger,’’ recalled Mayala, “watching football, he was THE guy everybody was talking about. I remember him, vividly.

“He was a big name. So watching him was a big thing.”

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