Ansonia native Arkeel Newsome has impressed UConn’s defensive captains

Connecticut running back Arkeel Newsome (22), fumbles the ball while tackled by Boise State defensive tackle Armand Nance (40) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Rentschler Field, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in East Hartford, Conn. Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo (20) recovered for the touchdown. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(WTNH)–What will the UConn football team look like this year? The curtain goes up on the 2015 Huskies Thursday. Bryant Shirreffs will start at QB against Villanova.

The running back duties will be handled by the duo of Ron Johnson and Arkeel Newsome. Head Coach Bob Diaco says Johnson may be listed as the starter, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have more touches at the end of the game.

Newsome, an Ansonia product, owns a number of Connecticut high school records. Now a Husky sophomore, he has made an impression on a pair of the UConn defensive captains.

“It’s a unique opportunity to go against him every day,” said Julian Campenni. “Not a lot of guys are like him in our conference. He’s a special type of player, so the fact that we get to go against him only makes our defense better.”

“If you get him in open space, it’s pretty much a touchdown,” said Andrew Adams. “He’s fast, he can change directions. I just love to watch him, and he’s going to be an explosive player for us this year.”

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