October 2, 2007

Howard getting over homesickness

NOTE: This is the second installment of a five-part series chronicling the adjustments of UConn true freshmen who have seen considerable playing time in the first five games of the 2007 season.

STORRS, Conn. - It didn't take long for freshman defensive back Jasper Howard to feel slightly homesick. After all, the farthest away from home the Florida native had been before visiting UConn was Georgia - and that was on a recruiting trip.

But Howard has slowly grown accustomed to his new surroundings, something he realized was especially important for him to do given his place on the depth chart. As a true freshman, Howard was the only player to crack the two-deep in a key reserve role on his own merit, which was something that even surprised him.

"I heard a lot of people say that with my size, I was going to get redshirted, but once we got into equipment and we started playing and I started pulling up, hitting and making plays, everything changed," Howard said. "I knew my downfall was my weight, but with my athletic ability, I thought I could play."

Entering the season weighing just 154 pounds, the former Miami Edison standout thought he was originally hampered by his physical attributes.

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