At American Conference Media Day in Newport, Randy Edsall expressed his concern over the team’s kicking situation, specifically at punter. He went as far as to say it was his “biggest concern” going into camp. However, there’s a bit more clarity now as the coach announced the addition of Luke Magliozzi, a punter from Australia.
“There’s been a lot of good history with Australian punters coming over to the states and doing very well,” Edsall said. “We were fortunate that we were able to talk to some people over there that we have connections with to get it done and get Luke here.”
Australian punters are nothing new to Edsall. Adam Coles held down the position during the 1-A/FBS transition years from 2000-2003 while Brad Craddock kicked for Maryland from 2012-2015. Not only are they skilled but they bring a leadership aspect to the team as freshmen.
“Those guys had a really tremendous work ethic,” said Edsall. “They’re older and they’re a little bit more mature.”
Magliozzi will hopefully be arriving in Storrs in the next few days, but Edsall already knows what kind of person he’s getting.
“He’s a really nice and really good young man,” said the coach.
With camp already starting, it’s unlikely the Huskies will make any more additions to the 2017 roster. However, Edsall is happy with the way his staff worked to improve the team since the Spring Game.
“All we tried to do as best we could to get our roster the best we could to give us the best opportunity to go win games,” Edsall said. “I think we did that.”