"Everyone knows about Tig (Barksdale), Bud
(Barksdale), Terrance (Pope), and those guys, but let me tell you, David (Conner)
is what makes our defense go," added the always upfront head coach, Lance
Pogue. "He is just so relentless. Whether you want him to get after the QB,
drop him in coverage, or go plug a hole. The kid just has a nose for the ball.
He is your classic sideline to sideline player. David is without a doubt a Dandy
Dozen type player for our state. He will be next year's Tig for us."
turned in a stellar junior campaign by helping the Tigers to a 15-0 record and
Class 5A state championship. He led the team in total tackles (97), tackles for
losses (18), sacks (14), and forced fumbles (3).
David was rewarded by
being one of three juniors named to the 1st Team All-State squad by the Jackson
How does Conner feel about his junior campaign?
feels good," added David Conner
. "I just hope we can go back and do
the same thing next year, but it feels lovely to go back and do it again."
plays outside linebacker for South Panola but expects to move to strong safety
on the next level.
"I just like to try and make plays. I think safety
will be my best spot, really. I can cover pretty good. I think I am pretty good
at coming down on the ball and coming up on the ball. I think safety would be
a pretty good spot for me, something like a Dog safety. Somebody who gets after
the passer, disrupts the running game, and drops back in coverages."
offseason, Conner is looking to improve on a few things.
"I want to
get even faster and stronger and become the team leader. I want to show the young
guys how hard you have to work to win like we do at South Panola. We want to continue
to keep the tradition going. I am going to try and work real hard this offseason
because I know the coaches are going to lean on me next year so I am going to
work harder than ever before. I want to do what Tig (Darius Barksdale
) and (Chris)
The 5' 11", 188 pounder has started to hear from
a couple of SEC schools.
"LSU is really the main one. They have been
recruiting me pretty hard, and I have been getting a couple of things from Ole Miss lately."
Who are the colleges who have caught Conner's eye so
"Alabama, Florida, Penn State, Florida State, LSU, and Ole Miss."Watch Video
David Conner (LB, Batesville, MS) - It is always hard to get recognition
as a non-senior on a star studded team like South Panola, but the Tiger's star
linebacker did just that.