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Stepinac Grad Slowley Great College Running Back

NEW HAVEN, CT. -- Rashaad Slowley had an excellent football career at Archbishop Stepinac High School and, as a result, was receiving numerous looks from Division I schools.

After careful consideration, Slowely decided against the Division I schools and chose Southern Connecticut State. Slowley rewarded himself with his choice. The 6-foot, 205-pound halfback has had an excellent career, including a record-setting senior year. He has led the Owls to a 7-2 record as they prepare for their regular-season finale, Saturday, against Merrimack College.

Slowley, a Mount Vernon resident, has 247 carries for 1,365 yards. He is averaging 5.5 yards a carry and 151.7 yards a game. Slowley leads the Owls with 25 touchdowns. He has caught 20 passes, fourth on the team, for 222 yards and two scores.

Earlier this season, Slowley had a school-record six touchdowns and rushed for 205 yards. The rushing numbers have not been a surprise. In his previous two years, Slowley rushed for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns, in 2010, and a team-leading 849 yards in 2009.

“Southern was the best fit for me and I am happy about my decision,” said Slowly, a Sports Management major. “And they wanted me to play running back for them.”Slowley saw time on special times and carried the ball sparingly his freshman year. Despite the lack of rushing attempts, Slowley began laying the foundation for the future.

“My freshman year made me eager and more hungry to play,” Slowley said. “I worked hard in practice every day to gain the trust of my teammates and coaches so that they knew I could play the spot right away.” As a result of his work ethic and strong spring practice, Slowley worked himself into a running back rotation. This led to his team-leading 849 yards his sophomore year and an All-Northeast Conference 10 first-team selection.

“With the rotation system in my sophomore and junior years, I just tried to produce the best I could when it was my turn to play,” Slowley said. Going into 2011 spring practice, Slowley found himself as the starting halfback on the depth chart. Even though he was the starter, Slowley did not take it for granted, knowing a teammate wants his position.

“It’s much harder when you are the starter because you have to consistently prove why you should remain the starter,” Slowley said. “I just had to be focused and execute each day. I felt I had great off-season workouts, especially this summer, and I came back with a hunger to be the best. That and our offensive line has done an amazing job. They deserve a lot of the credit because they are opening the holes and are why I have the stats that I have.”

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