Annual awards were given out at season-ending event.
UConn meets the Bearcats in rare 11:30 a.m. kickoff.
Huskies have won all four home games against former Big East opponent.
UCONN vs Tulsa (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs. Tulsa - October 21, 2017
NCAA Football: UConn vs. Temple
UCONN vs Memphis (photo by Stephen Slade)
UCONN vsECU (photo by Stephen Slade)
2016: Was the leading rusher on the team with 715 yards on 147 carries five touchdowns and was the second-leading receiver with 25 receptions for 273 yards and two touchdowns ... had season-long 166 rushing yards vs. Tulane (Nov. 26) and had a season-long rush of 62 yards in that game ... had three 100 yard rushing games on the season with 116 yards on 14 carries in win vs. Cincinnati (Oct. 8) and 101 yards on 21 carries with one TD vs. UCF (Oct. 22) ... enters 2017 with five career 100-yard games.
2015: Was the leading rusher for the Huskies with 792 yards on 183 carries with six TDs...also was second in receiving with 45 receptions for 465 yards with two TDs..UConn's primary kickoff returner (429 yards on 19 attempts)...led team in all-purpose yards with 1,686, which is seventh in school single-season history...was ranked 24th in the country in all-purpose yards and first in the American with 129.69...started the final ten games of the season with 100-yards games in two of the final four regular season contests -- 114 vs. Houston (Nov. 21) and a career-high 179 vs. East Carolina (Oct. 30)...against East Carolina, had a 90-yard TD run late in the third quarter, which gave UConn a commanding 24-6 lead..that run is tied as the third-longest rush in school history and the longest rush for a Husky since 2006..179 yards of rushing was the most for a Husky in a single game since 2010..had 244 all-purpose yards vs. East Carolina and was named the winner of the weekly Gold Helmet Award, given to the top player in New England by the New England Football Writers' Association...was named to the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in win vs. UCF (Oct. 10) and had 257 yards of all-purpose yardage vs. the Knights.
2014: Saw action in all 12 games, starting two at tailback as a true freshman...was UConn's primary kick returner with 36 returns for 730 yards, a 20.3 return average...total kick returns and kick return yardage rank fourth in UConn single-season history...on the ground, carried 47 times for 188 yards to average 4.0 yards per rush...also a factor in the passing game, catching 11 balls for 155 yards and two touchdowns...first true freshman to accumulate over 1,000 all-purpose yards since Terry Caulley in 2002...had 213 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard touchdown grab, vs. Temple (Sept. 27)...rushed for a season-high 40 yards, caught three passes and had a season-long 47-yard kick return at Tulane (Oct. 11)...rushed for 32 yards on just four carries in a win over UCF (Nov. 1)...caught a 39-yard touchdown at Memphis (Nov. 29).
HIGH SCHOOL: Parade Magazine All-American at running back in 2013, UConn's first player to receive that honor...led Ansonia to the 2013 Class S Championship, its third straight...Ansonia went 43-0 in his final three seasons, reaching the No. 1 ranking in the state...three-time Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year...in his senior season, carried 333 times, setting state records with 3,867 yards and 68 touchdowns (64 rushing)...holds Connecticut career records with 10,672 yards, 187 touchdowns and 1,162 points...led the country in rushing yards as a sophomore and senior...just the ninth player in United States high school football history to rush for more than 10,000 yards in a career...New Haven Register 2013 All-State and Player of the Year... CHSCA All-State First Team...named U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week, for the week ending Oct. 19. after a 396-yard and six touchdown performance.
PERSONAL: Arkeel Newsome....An urban studies major.
ARKEEL NEWSOME'S CAREER HIGHS Most Carries: 32, vs. Houston, 11/21/15 Most Rushing Yards: 179, vs. East Carolina, 10/30/15 Longest Run: 90, vs. East Carolina, 10/30/15 Most Receptions: 8 (2x), last vs. Cincinnati, 10/24/15 Longest Reception: 74t, vs. Temple, 9/27/14 Most Rec. Yards: 90, at USF, 10/15/16 Longest Kick Return: 71, vs. UCF, 10/10/15