Shannon Goes Back to the Basics
Lake Travis High School's Connor Shannon has worked this offseason to build his frame up and develop into a more aggressive defensive end. The junior is a returning starter on the Cavaliers' championship team. "I've worked on getting all the plays down and getting to the ball quicker," Shannon said. "I've also focused on improving my speed and strength. I just need to get better from last year." Shannon said he's already made an immense amount of improvement since last season, adding at least 40 pounds to both his squat and bench press. Last season, Shannon helped lead his team to a 16-0 undefeated season with 79 total tackles and 1 forced fumble. This season, he has even bigger goals for himself and for his team. "I want to make it to the state playoffs again," Shannon said. "I want to try and win it. Six in a row would be awesome. I want to get more tackles and sacks this season. I also want to get off the ball quicker. This year, I'm going to show coaches that I can be the leader of the defense." During the Cavaliers State Championship game against Waco Midways, Shannon had 4 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles and 1 sack. Shannon's head coach, Hank Carter, said Shannon was a big part of the Cavaliers defeating the Panthers 22-7. "Connor started all 16 games for us last year," Carter said. "During the end of our playoff run, he had some of his best games. He really started to turn on. He had a huge game at state with a number of big plays. But, what makes Shannon different from the other defensive end recruits out there? Carter tells us just that. "He is real rangy," Carter said. "He is a very knowledgeable kid. He's grown into his body and the weight room has really paid off for him this spring. We're looking forward to watching him have a great fall." This summer, Shannon plans to attend the UTSA camp and possibly a few others.
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