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Five years ago, the North College Hill Trojans had one of the best seasons in school history. The Trojans went 10-1, with their lone loss coming in the first round of the playoffs. They finished eighth in the Ohio Football AP Division IV Poll. One of the leaders on the team was Angelo Pruitt.
A member of the 2009 All-MVC Team, Pruitt had a great senior season. He recorded 102 tackles, 12 sacks, and two interceptions, which one was returned for a touchdown. This was four more tackles than his junior season when he had 98 tackles with 26 for a loss. Also Pruitt consistently rushed the quarterback, recording at least one sack in eight of 11 games on the season.
His success mostly came on defense, but he was also used as one of the team’s running backs. Pruitt only had 32 carries but averaged over seven yards per carry and scored six touchdowns in his senior season.
Now five years later, Pruitt is entering his senior season at the University of Connecticut after redshirting his first year at Storrs, CT.
Last season, Pruitt played in all 12 games of the season, including 10 starts, for the Huskies on the defensive line. The 6-foot-2 lineman made 25 tackles and a sack. One of his best performances came against Michigan when he recorded six tackles, including two tackles for a loss.
During his college career, Pruitt has done well against his hometown University of Cincinnati. In his redshirt freshman season, he only played in one game that season and it happen to be against the Bearcats. In that game on December 3, Pruitt intercepted a pass. He followed it up two years later with five tackles.
In 2012, Pruitt earned his first letter as a redshirt sophomore. He made his first start against Western Michigan, and was able to start the remaining nine games. His performance earned him a starting spot on the defensive line and Pruitt never gave it up. He finished the season with 26 tackles, four for a loss and a sack. His best game was against Buffalo when at the time he had a career-best five tackles. He also had four tackles against Syracuse and three against North Carolina State.
Pruitt’s career has progressed 800-plus miles from home. He went from playing one game in 2011, to a starter the last two seasons. The Huskies will have a new coaching staff in 2014 with former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco taking the head coaching position. Diaco’s experience should help Pruitt improve his game in his final season with the Huskies, and change the losing mindset in the UConn locker room.
This is Mark's first season writing for TriStateFootball.com. His experience includes working for six years at ESPN in studio production and he has been published in ESPN Magazine, Baseball America and Rotowire.com. Mark has lived in Northern Cincinnati for the past four years. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.