Friday, December 15, 2006

Connor's Future

Dan Connor has been an absolute stud for PSU over the past two years. At this point, however, there is no guarantee Dan will be back for his senior season. Dan, clearly, has yet to make up his mind as he has been ducking the question when posed. Poz returned after hurting his knee in last year's Orange Bowl. That is no guarantee that Connor will be back seeing as how he has witnessed how quickly an injury can occur.
Losing Connor to the draft before his senior season would be a big blow to Linebacker U. His absence would need to be filled by Sean Lee (who should be great) but this would leave two gaping holes at the Linebacker position. While PSU has had solid LB recruiting years recently there is no guarantee that players will transfer from high school ball smoothly. Here is a list of players who could be vying for PT provided Connor does not return:
Bowman, Navorro LB Fr./Fr.
Brown, Dontey LB Jr./So
Gbadyu, Bani LB Fr./Fr.
Hayes, Jerome LB So./Fr.
Hull, Josh LB So./Fr.
Lee, Sean * LB So./So
Ridenhour, Spencer * OLB Jr./So.
Sales, Tyrell * LB Jr./So.
Yocum, Nic LB Sr./Jr.
This list will also include the incoming fresheman:
Nathan Stupar (see below)
Andrew Dailey
Chris Colasanti

There are a couple of letter winners in that group and a lot of them have seen playing time over the last couple of years. Hopefully, two of them can step up and play well if needed. This much is clear, if Connor does leave it will leave a wide open battle to earn a starting spot at Linebacker U!


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