Wednesday, February 05, 2014

UConn's Diaco dishes on Arkeel Newsome

If there is a concern about Arkeel Newsome, the record-breaking Ansonia High running back who signed with UConn today, it is his lack of size.

UConn football coach Bob Diaco is not only of those worried about the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Newsome being able to make an impact at the collegiate level.

"I am not concerned about his size at all," Diaco said. "We are going to ask him to do things that serve his tangible traits. We really pride ourselves in not asking players to do what we know they can’t do and ask them things that we know that they can do. He is not diminutive. He is maybe not the tallest guy in the world. When you are looking at him he has stature. He can nice, big round shoulders, he has nice big legs and he is really grounded well. This is not a diminutive guy where you are not only short but small. There are things that he can do that are better than the rest and we are going to ask him to do those things."

Newsome's numbers at Ansonia are simply staggering.

This season he ran for 3,867 yards and 64 touchdowns (both single-season Connecticut record as were his 68 touchdowns). In his career he ran for a state-record 10,685 yards and had 187 total touchdowns even though he wasn't the go-to back on a full-time basis until his sophomore season.

Here is where he finished ranked nationally
Rushing TDs       172 (3)
Total TDs           187 (3)
Points                 1162 (3)
Rushing yards    10685 (6)
100-yard games     41 (7)
Rushing yards         3687 (7)
Rushing TDs            64 (4)
Total TDs               68 (3)



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