Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Newsome continues to make history at UConn

During his days at Ansonia High School, if one person was assigning with tracking all of Arkeel Newsome's record-breaking achievements, I'm not sure they could have kept up with the speedy running back. Well, he is still breaking records as a member of the UConn team.

When Newsome broke free for a 64-yard touchdown run on the first drive against Memphis, it was his fifth touchdown of at least 50 yards with the Huskies. That got me wondered where that stood in UConn history. Some of the media guides from the early 2000s included box scores dating back to the 1978 season so I did some checking and found that no other UConn player had more than four 50-yard scoring plays.

Tory Taylor, Carl Bond, Robbie Frey and Nick Williams all had four as did Newsome before the Memphis game.

Also, he is now the sixth player in program history with 3,000 yards from scrimmage (combined rushing and receiving yards)

Donald Brown (2006-08)   3800-276=4076
Terry Caulley (2002-06)    3187-579=3766
Mark Didio (1988-91)       3535-0=3515 
Jordan Todman (2008-10)  3179-283=3462
Lyle McCombs (2011-13)  2681-477=3158
ARKEEL NEWSOME      1848-1253=3101

Here's a breakdown of where he ranks in some other prominent categories in UConn history
Category                Total (rank) Up next
All-purpose yards 4724 (3rd) Joe Markus 4813
Kickoff return yards 1623 (3rd) No longer returning kickoffs
Rushing yards 1848 (13th) Tory Taylor 1905
Touchdowns 21 (15th)  Jeff Gallaher 22
Receptions 99 (18th) Scott Sweitzer 101
Receiving yards 1253 (20th) Ken Miller 1313


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