Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Interceptions coming at fast and furious pace for UConn's Jamar Summers

It's been six years since a UConn player had five interceptions in a season. This year sophomore cornerback Jamar Summers did it in a month.

Summers, who did not have an interception in his first 11 games, got on the board in the 2014 season finale against SMU. Then after failing to pick off a pass in the first four games this season, he has at least one interception in four of the last five games. How impressive of a run is Summers on? Well, no FBS players had more interceptions in the month of October than Summers' five.

"Whatever it takes the team out to win," said Summers, who had two interceptions in last week's win over East Carolina and narrowly missed a third. "Once you get one, you definitely get the urge and the taste in your mouth for another one."

So what or who does Summers credit for his recent run of interceptions?

"I just have to throw it back and say the receivers on my team help me out," Summer said. "Thomas Lucas, Noel Thomas, Hergy Mayala all those guys help me in my preparation of my game."

Despite rushing for a career-high 179 yards and tallying 244 all-purpose yards, sophomore running back Arkeel Newsome did not win any individual honors from the American Athletic Conference. He did, however, get named the weekly winner of the New England Football Writers' Association's Golden Helmet award.

Newsome's 1,318 all-purpose yards are the most for a UConn player since Lyle McCombs' 1,323 in 2012. Newsome not only leads the Huskies with 591 rushing yards, he is second on the team with 34 receptions and 386 receiving yards.

Watching some of last week's Tulane/Memphis game, it was hard not to appreciate the story of quarterback Jordy Joseph, who filled in for an injured Tanner Lee.

Joseph was a walk-on who was intending to be a graduate assistant on the Tulane coaching staff when he was given the opportunity to return as a player. Joseph told Tulane coach Curtis Johnson that he couldn't afford another season as a non-scholarship player and that was when Johnson informed Joseph not to worry since he was coming back as a scholarship player.

It was never in the script for Joseph (with one rushing attempt for minus three yards and one completed pass for one yard to his credit) to be starting for the Green Wave.

Joseph got off to a solid start as Tulane threw a scare into Memphis before finishing 10 of 24 for 131 yards  and running four times for 24 yards, it is sounding like Lee will be back as the starting quarterback for Saturday's game.

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