The sky seems the limit for UL Monroe freshman cornerback Floyd Connell.

Before the Warhawks had even played their first game this season, coach Matt Viator seemed to be predicting just as much for the 6-foot-1-inch, 165-pound freshman from Copperas Cove.

“I like our two young corners,” Viator told the school’s website of Connell and Jordan Oliver.  “They’ve actually picked off multiple balls. Our freshman DBs are going to be good.”

Over the Warhawks’ first 12 games this season, Connell has largely justified his coach’s confidence in him, registering seven tackles, all of them solo, for UL Monroe (6-6, 6-4 in the Sunbelt West),

Connell, who also played wide receiver at Copperas, originally verbally committed to Abilene Christian but had a change of heart once the Warhawks came calling. As a senior at Copperas, he had 18 tackles and six passes defended in six games, and also added 40 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns.


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