Fresh­man Swann set to soar

Fresh­man will get shot a re­turn­ing punts, kick­offs

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Fuller jfuller@nhreg­is­ter.com @NHRJimFuller on Twit­ter

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-

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UConn coach Randy Ed­sall.

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