In a fall that has been bizarrely barren of UConn football news, the first we hear from the program in weeks is a departure. The Huskies’ punter Luke Magliozzi announced his intentions to transfer from the program on Thursday, ending a record-breaking two-year career in Storrs.
After much thought I have decided to graduate transfer from the University of Connecticut and complete my masters degree as well as remaining 2 years of eligibility elsewhere.— luke Magliozzi (@lukemagz1) November 27, 2020
Magliozzi was one of UConn's best players on the field in both 2018 and 2019, and has a serious stake to the claim of the best UConn punter of all time. The Australian native came to the United States at age 23, a graduate of the prestigious ProKick Academy, an organization that trains Australians in American football punting and has given rise to many of the sport’s premier punters.
After redshirting the 2017 season, to say Magliozzi hit the ground running the next year would be an understatement. He set the single-season record for yards per punt in UConn history, with 42.9 in 2018. He had 12 punts of over 50 yards and pinned opponents inside of their 20 yard line 19 times.
At UConn practice and we’ve finally hit the main event: Luke Magliozzi kicking 70 yd. nukes— Lukefrom2011 (@Lukefrom2011) August 4, 2019
The next year, Magliozzi more than matched his tremendous 2018 performance, this time as a team captain. He had an average of 42.4 yards per punt and 14 punts over 50 yards, including a 61-yarder against Cincinnati.
Magliozzi was a powerhouse punter at UConn, and make no mistake, his big boot will sorely be missed whenever UConn football starts back up again. With two years of eligibility left as a graduate transfer, there’s no doubt that power five programs will be lining up around the block for the service of Magliozzi’s big right foot.