STORRS, CONN. (Jan. 8, 2008) - University of Connecticut linebacker Scott Lutrus (Brookfield, Conn.) was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-America team on Monday. Lutrus was one of five BIG EAST players named to the 28-man squad, the most of any conference.
Lutrus started all 13 games at strongside "Husky" linebacker in 2007 and made 107 tackles to rank third on the team. He showed his potent ability on both sides of the line of scrimmage as he made eight tackles for loss while also intercepting four passes. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns, tying both UConn's season and career records and leaving him one shy of the BIG EAST's single-season record of three set by the late Sean Taylor of Miami in 2003 and matched in 2004 by Malcolm Postell of Pittsburgh. Lutrus was named the BIG EAST's Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, becoming the first player to win that award outright in consecutive weeks since Miami's Nate Webster in 1999.
He helped the Huskies to a 9-4 overall record and a share of the school's first BIG EAST Championship with a 5-2 league mark. UConn earned a spot in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the second bowl berth in school history. The nine wins tie for the most in the regular season in UConn's 109-year football history. Over the course of this past season the Huskies defeated three teams which were ranked in the top 10 at some point during the year (Louisville, USF and Rutgers).
UConn made its debut in all of the national rankings during its historic 2007 campaign. UConn's first-ever AP Poll appearance was at No. 16 on Oct. 28 and marked the highest AP Poll debut of any school since Florida State debuted at No. 10 on Oct. 12, 1964. It came after five years and 10 weeks of FBS (Division I-A) play for the Huskies. Only Marshall has ever moved up from the former Division I-AA and earned a national ranking faster. Helping UConn to this lofty accomplishment was a 7-0 record at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The 2007 Huskies were only the second team in BIG EAST history to post a 7-0 home record, joining the 1993 West Virginia Mountaineers.