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Paul Pasqualoni

Switch Hitter: UConn's Bruising Matt Walsh Goes From FB To LB

STORRS — Bob Diaco sees himself in Matt Walsh. Matt Walsh? He sees himself in the position he belongs. "I feel like it has always been my calling to be a linebacker," Walsh, a 241-pound junior, said Tuesday as UConn prepared for its Saturday game at No. 22 Missouri. When UConn called with a scholarship offer in August 2012 coach Paul Pasqualoni and offensive coordinator George DeLeone had a different vision. They saw the kid from Hand-Madison, a tackling machine at inside linebacker, as a fullback and special teams player. "At that early stage in my career, I just wanted to help," Walsh said. "I wanted to get on the field any way I can. Now I want to be a...