October 23, 2007

Lutrus making an impact early on

STORRS, Conn. - When Scott Lutrus went to the State Capitol with the rest of his team for Husky Day in April, he found a fan in one of the state's most powerful people - Governor Jodi Rell.

"I didn't even know this, but I guess she knew my grandmother back 10 years ago," Lutrus said. "They kind of did some charity work together or something like that. I didn't know that."

Both residents make their home in the off-season in Brookfield, making the connection that much stronger. And while the Governor may be one of the most famous people to come out of the town, located minutes north of Danbury, Lutrus is poised to make a strong run at that title over the next three years.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker continued making a name for himself last weekend, recording 18 tackles and an interception in the Huskies' 21-17 win over Louisville en route to being named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week. It was the first time a UConn player had reached that mark since the Motor City Bowl in 2004, when linebacker Maurice Lloyd also recorded 18 stops against Toledo.

The accolade is just one more in the young career for Lutrus, who burst onto the scene in April when he recorded three interceptions in the Huskies' annual Blue-White scrimmage. He began the season with eight tackles against Duke in the first game of the season, beating that total by recording nine tackles at Pittsburgh a month ago and then shattering it with his performance against the Cardinals last Saturday.

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