Dwayne Gratz: Video Highlights for Former Connecticut CB

Richard SantamariaCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2013

Dwayne Gratz: Video Highlights for Former Connecticut CB

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    Dwayne Gratz was a second-team All-Big East selection in his junior and senior seasons.  The Connecticut standout has good size (5'11", 200) and speed (4.44 40-yard dash).

    In 2012, Gratz made 53 tackles and defended 14 passes, of which three were interceptions.  In his UConn career, Gratz scored three times, twice through interception returns and once as a result of a fumble recovery.

    While Gratz has many good qualities, the mechanics of his backpedal have been questioned as well as his penchant for allowing the big play.

    Here are some of his highlights.

Interception vs. Massachusetts, 2012

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    In the 2012 opener, Dwayne Gratz intercepted a pass from UMass' Mike Wegzyn and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.  The defensive score happened just before halftime and gave the Huskies a 19-0 lead.  Connecticut went on to win 37-0.

    Gratz exhibited good anticipation and hands and set the tone for a successful senior campaign.

Interception vs. Maryland, 2012

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    Early in the first quarter, after Maryland recovered a fumble in Connecticut territory, Dwayne Gratz intercepted a pass from Perry Hills.  The turnover was critical, as UConn won a close game, 24-21.

    Gratz had great coverage and made a strong physical play, diving in front of the receiver for the interception.

Defended Pass vs. Louisville, 2012

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    In the fourth quarter of a close game, Dwayne Gratz breaks up a Teddy Bridgewater pass.  Gratz showed solid coverage, physicality and awareness.

    The UConn standout made 11 tackles and defended three passes in the 23-20 UConn victory over Louisville.

Tackle for a Loss vs. Cincinnati, 2012

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    In the first quarter, Dwayne Gratz tackled Cincinnati's Ralph Abernathy for a loss.

    Gratz showed that he is also a solid tackler from the corner position.

Interception During Spring Practice, 2011

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    In 2011, Dwayne Gratz was named to the All-Big East second team.  Gratz set the tone early, with a physical interception during spring practice, ripping the ball out of the receiver's hands.