What did the UConn Football freshmen have to say ahead of move-in day?


QB David Pindell (Baltimore, MD - Lackawanna College - Scranton, PA):

"I’m excited about getting up to campus and getting the gist of being at a university.  I'm hoping to build chemistry with all the guys on the team my first year and get to know everyone. The offense, the up-tempo is what I'm looking forward to the most. I hear coach Lashlee likes to go REALLY fast! I just want to be part of a program that is making progress and looking to develop."

WR Cam Hairston (Lee's Summit, MO):

I probably feel the same way as a lot of kids moving halfway across the United States, but I’m happy to see what I can do with the opportunity I have. If I have the opportunity to play, I want to learn the system and learn how to play at the college level. Also, I hope to do the small stuff to get bigger, stronger and faster. I’m looking forward to playing college football because it’s always been a goal of mine. I hope to be a part of and help build the program to be as good as the UConn basketball program."

OT James Tunstall (Indian Head, MD):

Moving in is very exciting. I want to do whatever I can to help the team win during my first year. I’m looking forward to working hard with my teammates and winning bowl games in the future. When we are done, I want to have built a power house offense, where every defense has to prepare extra for us and I want to be a championship caliber team."

CB Bebe Olaniyan (Bowie, MD):

"It’s surreal, but I’m beyond excited. I’m hoping to contribute as much as possible and learn a lot from the older guys during year one. Really looking forward to a new challenge and to gaining as much experience as I can. Without a doubt I want to be a part of a successful program and I’m excited to see how much this team will grow over the next 4 years. Definitely want to bring some trophies back to Connecticut."

S Darrian Beavers (Cincinnati, OH):

"My overall feelings of heading to college is that it’s going to be a change, but I’m up for it completely. I will miss my family and friends back home, but I have one goal and one goal only and that is to make it big and better the team. I hope to better myself as a football player and as a student. I’m looking forward to have my body and mind at the best point it has been in my whole life. I want the best for my team and for my coaches and I’ll do anything to see us win."

S Brayden Brown (Cumberland, MD):

"Just an awesome feeling knowing I get to join a program that has a great plan and the people to get it done. Can’t wait to get started in the classroom and on the field. I feel a little nervous about being away from my family and my hometown, but I’m excited to start a new chapter. This first year I’m hoping to see the field a little bit, whatever it may be, whether it is on special teams or finding a way to help the defense or offense. The thing I’m looking forward to the most is being coached by not only a great group of coaches, but a great group of men who will teach us more than just football. And through my time at UConn I want to develop a winning atmosphere and capture some conference titles and become bowl eligible. No doubt in my mind that with the group of players we have and coaches, we can reach that goal."

DT Caleb Thomas (Mansfield, TX):

"Overall I feel excited to head off to college. I’m ready to see what’s in store for me. In my first year, I hope to earn playing time and to make some big plays while I’m out there. I’m most looking forward to playing on Saturday’s. It’s always been a goal of mine growing up to play college football and I grew up watching college football, so for me to actually be a part of it instead of watching is special to me. Over time, I want to be a part of a winning team. Basically, just continue the culture that Coach Edsall started here at UConn."

TE Ryan Fitton (Westport, CT):

"I'm extremely excited and can’t wait to start this new chapter at UConn. I'm really hoping to develop as a player and person and make whatever contributions I can in my first year. Finally being a part of the team and starting my D1 football career is what I'm looking forward to the most. I want to help bring a winning culture and championships back to UConn. Being from Connecticut, I want to represent the state University and help get the program back to what it was."

OL Stanley Hubbard (Washington, DC):

"I'm happy and nervous at the same time, but I can’t wait to meet all of my new teammates and the coaching staff and get down to work to contribute to a winning culture. In my first year, playing time would be great and that’s something I have to earn everyday. In the bigger picture, I hope to get settled in academically and hope to excel, keep building in the weight room, as well as just having a good time while I’m putting in hard work. I’m looking forward to the environment, making new friends and meeting my new teammates and forming brothers for life. The freedom is a great part about it, so I’m looking forward to that as well. I’d like to develop under a winning culture which Coach Edsall will provide. His intense hard work and the great coaching staff will allow winning to come and opportunities to win championships. I’m just looking to do my part in contributing to winning."

CB Jordan Swann (Baltimore, MD):

"I'm Just ready to go in and contribute. I'm looking forward to working hard and competing, hoping to get a few INT’s my first year if given the opportunity. I want to be a part of a winning culture where we win our conference every year and be a part of bowl season."



3 years ago

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