Freshman Swann set to soar
Freshman will get shot a returning punts, kickoffs
STORRS » It generally takes about four hours for UConn senior defensive end Luke Carrezola to drive from his hometown of Langhorne, Pa., to the Storrs campus. If Carrezola drives with the same relentless mindset he brings to the football field, perhaps the journey takes a little less time.
Whatever the final tally might have been before Carrezola arrived back on campus, he was pretty certain that the wide-eyed youngster who rode shotgun on his most recent trip was destined for some big things.
Jordan Swann, who along with offensive lineman Stanley Hubbard were the last players to commit to UConn when former coach Bob Diaco was in charge, was a speedy defensive back who had 10 interceptions as a senior at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. However, Carrezola wasn’t concerned about any of Swann’s gaudy statistics in high school. Carrezola saw “the look” from his younger teammate and figured he would be seeing the field sooner rather than later. Sure enough, just like in 2014 when Carrezola made the jump straight from high school to playing immediately at the collegiate level, Swann will be front and center when UConn hosts Holy Cross in Thursday’s season opener.
“I think he is locked in more than any other freshman that I know,” Carrezola said. “It is his work ethic that I have seen. He is a great kid in general and has been making big plays in camp so I am looking forward to seeing it transition to the field.”
Swann is UConn’s No. 3 cornerback backing up seniors Tre Bell and Jamar Summers. However, it is in another role where he could make a larger impact. Swann will return punts and go back on kickoff return duty with redshirt freshman receiver Quayvon Skanes. Both po-
UConn coach Randy Edsall.