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Dan Connor, ILB

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 231 | College: Penn State
 
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Overview

Joe Paterno's first perfect season came in 1968, his third year of coaching the Nittany Lions. Ever since, the Penn State coaching staff has produced an incredible number of NFL-quality linebackers who had success at the next level.

From Dennis Onkotz in 1968 to Paul Posluszny in 2006, Penn State boasted 16 linebackers garnering All-American first-team honors, with Onkontz ('68-69), Shane Conlan (1985-86), LaVar Arrington (1998-99) and Posluszny ('05-06) receiving that prestigious honor twice.

At the end of his standout '07 season, Dan Connor became Joe Pa's Sweet 17th.

In addition to his All-American selection, the PSU middle linebacker was the recipient of the Bednarik Award (top defensive player), was a finalist for the Butkus Award and set the school record with 419 career tackles while his 145 tackles in 2007 led the Big Ten Conference and ranked seventh in the nation.

Connor comes from a family of football players. The Crime, Law and Justice major learned from his older brothers and became the third sibling to play in the collegiate ranks. Jim played football at Boston College and Mike played at Lehigh. But even before he stepped on the field at Penn State, Dan Connor earned national attention.

At Strath Haven High School, Connor was a consensus All-American, and the four-year starter was selected the nation's top prep linebacker by Parade. He earned first-team All-American accolades from USA Today, Super Prep and numerous other media outlets. The 2003 Associated Press Big School Player-of-the-Year, Connor was named first-team All-State three times. He also earned All-Region, All-City, All-County and All-League honors.

The captain and MVP of his team, Connor also won the Maxwell Football Club's prestigious Jim Henry Award as the Philadelphia Area Player-of-the-Year and was the Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year as a senior. He totaled 4,556 rushing yards and 77 touchdowns during his prep career. Defensively, he made 451 tackles, 18 sacks, 16 interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

As a senior, Connor rushed for 1,807 yards on 251 carries, for a spectacular 7.2-yard average, scoring 28 touchdowns. He was instrumental in Strath Haven winning the 2000 Pennsylvania Class AAA state championship and played in the AAA state title game in 2001 and '02. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2004 and also lettered in basketball and track, where he participated in the high jump, javelin, discus and shot put.

Connor enrolled at Penn State in 2004, appearing in 10 games while earning four starting assignments.

After lining up at outside linebacker most of the season, the Freshman All-American shifted to middle linebacker for the season's final three games, leading the team in tackles in each of those contests. In 558 plays, he finished second on the team with 85 tackles (50 solo), adding a sack, 4 1/2 stops for losses and an interception.

During the 2005 offseason, Connor was charged with making prank phone calls to a former PSU assistant coach. Joe Paterno suspended the linebacker in August for his involvement in the incident, keeping him out of the lineup for the team's first three games. He started six of the nine contests in which he played, posting 76 tackles (38 solo), 1 1/2 sacks and 5 1/2 stops for losses, to go along with eight quarterback pressures from his right outside linebacker position. He also recovered a fumble that he returned for a score.

In 2006, Connor gained national attention for his exploits on the football field, walking away with All-American and All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors. He combined with fellow All-American Paul Posluszny (116 tackles) to become the first Penn State tandem since Andre Collins (130) and Brian Chizmar (110) in 1989 to record more than 100 tackles in a season.

The right linebacker started all 13 games, participating in 908 snaps. He finished second to Posluszny with 113 tackles (70 solo), adding five sacks, nine stops for losses and three forced fumbles. He also deflected a pair of passes and intercepted two others.

Connor and Posluszny will be forever linked. The two star linebackers squared off against each other in the 2002 PIAA Class AAA championship game. Posluszny, then a senior, led Hopewell High School to a 21-10 victory against Connor's Strath Haven team.

Posluszny later served as Connor's host for his official visit to Penn State. Both broke into the starting lineup as freshmen at Penn State, albeit a year apart. "If you ask me, I'd say Paul's better," Connor said. "If you ask him, he'd probably say the opposite."

Connor joined Posluszny as one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award in 2006, as Connor became the 13th Penn State linebacker to earn first-team All-American honors under Paterno. He was the 77th Penn State player selected a first-team All-American.

Connor moved back inside to middle linebacker as a senior. He finished seventh in the nation in tackles and led the conference with a career-high 145 stops (69 solo). He delivered 6 1/2 sacks with 15 stops for losses and two fumble recoveries. He also picked off a pass and deflected six others. He would record at least 10 tackles in eight contests, giving him 20 games during his career that he reached double digits.

Connor started 36 of 45 games in which he played at Penn State, including 16 contests at middle linebacker. He holds the school's career record with 419 tackles (227 solo), produced 14 sacks for minus-101 yards and 34 stops for losses totaling 141 yards. He recovered three fumbles, returning one 18 yards for a touchdown and had three forced fumbles. He deflected eight passes, gained five yards on four interception returns and registered one safety.

Analysis

Positives: Has good upper-body thickness, broad shoulders and a big back with good definition in his arms and chest (lower-body frame needs further development) … Possesses good speed and initial quickness, doing a nice job of breaking down and tackling when in space … Shows good mobility to slip blocks and good change-of-direction agility moving down the line … Has enough speed and toughness to be effective containing the inside running game … Intelligent and instinctive player with the vision and instincts to locate the ball through trash … Hard worker in the weight room and has really matured in his training and has taken on more of a leadership role since his 2005 off-field incident … Plays with good aggression and, while he is not a vocal type, he does have command of the defensive squad on the field … Has a good knack for recognizing blocking schemes, getting his hat right into the action to wipe out draws and screens … Locates underneath targets and has enough mobility to slip through blocks and disrupt the pocket … Reads plays quickly, getting in good position to make the play before blocks develop … Can slip blocks and deliver a blow to the ballcarrier … Uses his hands well to bounce off blockers and jam tight ends at the line … Will not hesitate to take on lead blockers and shows better toughness playing inside the tackles than on the edge … Usually in position to make inside plays and, while he is not stout at the point of attack and has some problems getting over trash, he plays with good leverage and knee-bend when he keeps his pad level down … Uses his hands well to control short-area receivers and can generate good leverage on the outside when he uses his hands to defeat blocks … Possesses the speed and burst to make plays while moving toward the sideline, as he hits with good pop, keeping his head up and wrapping with his arms … Needs to be more fluid is his sideline pursuit, but he plays downhill well and has the ability to play well in the flow in attempts to get to the ball … Not really a big hitter, but is a reliable tackler who can break down and will face up and wrap tackler working in space … Has enough hip snap to turn on the ball in flight and can locate underneath targets, but compensates for a lack of explosion out of his breaks by taking good angles to the ball … Shows good timing and anticipation on the blitz, but needs to develop a variety of moves … Is frustrated when his initial move fails, as he does not always find the rush lane, making him more of a contain than a press type … Times leaps to break up passes, reading the quarterback's eyes well to react to the ball in flight.

Negatives: Has adequate muscle mass but good definition, and shows just marginal thickness in his calves and ankles, making it questionable whether he can plant his foot and anchor vs. a strong double team … Not physical in his attempts to shed blocks and needs to improve his overall strength and use his hands better, as he struggles to take on and shed blocks when working in-line … Has the lateral quickness to work down the line, but lacks the second gear needed to chase and is much better in the box … Lacks natural hands for the interception and must deliver his punch with more force … Can extend for the ball away from the frame, but prefers to use his body to catch … When he takes a straight shot into the backfield, he shows good timing on the blitz, but he lacks an array of moves to execute if his initial one fails … Bit top-heavy and can be driven off the ball because of a lack of a good anchor at the point of attack … Needs to stay lower in his pads and use his hands better to avoid cut blocks … When he gets high in his stance and keeps his hands outside the framework, linemen can wash him out … His narrow base causes him to struggle shedding blocks vs. the bigger blockers … Lacks fluidness in his backpedal and takes false steps in transition, making him a bit of a liability handling receivers outside the short area … Better playing between the tackles, as he doesn't have the timed speed to get to the corner to force the outside running game back inside … Has had off-field issues in the past and while he has matured, teams will want him to show that he is accountable off the field … Adequate blitzer, but he will need to develop better pass-rush moves rather than just a straight-forward charge, to be successful doing this at the next level … Has decent strength, but he gets into trouble when he looks past blockers to the ball.

Compares To: PAUL POSLUSZNY-Buffalo … These two have been mentioned in the same breath for so long, you'd think they were a package deal. Posluszny has better range, but Connor shows the same nose for the football. Both are better off playing inside, but taking on offensive lineman at the point of attack isn't a strength. Connor does an excellent job of breaking down in space and is quick to get a bead on the ball. He has enough of a burst to close on plays in front of him and does a good job of bouncing off blocks vs. the smaller opponents. He's just adequate as a blitzer, but if he plays in a system that lets him position first rather than attack the ball, he will be highly productive.

Career Notes

Holds the school record with 419 tackles, topping the previous mark of 372 by Paul Posluszny (2003-06) … That duo joined Greg Buttle (343, 1973-75) and Brian Gelzheiser (315, 1991-94) as the only players in school history to record over 300 tackles in a career … Registered 145 tackles in 2007, the second-best season total in school history, topped only by Greg Buttle (165 in 1974), marking only the fourth time in school history a player posted 140 or more tackles in a season (Buttle had 140 in 1975 and Shawn Mayer made 144 in 2002) … Recorded at least 10 tackles in 20 of the 45 games he played in … His 14 sacks rank eighth in school annals among PSU linebackers (16th overall) and his 34 stops for losses rank sixth among Nittany Lions linebackers (13th overall) … Recorded 18 tackles twice -- in the '07 Ohio State and Temple games -- the second-highest total by a Penn State player in the last 22 seasons (Paul Posluszny posted 22 vs. Northwestern in 2005. The previous high was 21 by Trey Bauer vs. Rutgers in 1985 and the school record is 24 by Greg Buttle vs. West Virginia in 1974 and matched by Bill Banks vs. North Carolina State in 1977).

2007 Season

First-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation, adding second-team honors from The Sporting News and SI.com … Unanimous All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice and recipient of the Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player) … Finalist for the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) … Walter Camp Player of the Year and Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist, earning Walter Camp National and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Notre Dame and Temple … Named ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Michigan and Ohio State … Led the league and ranked seventh nationally (eighth in average with 11.15 hits per game) with a career-high 145 tackles (69 solo) … Registered 6 1/2 sacks for minus-50 yards and 15 stops for losses of 63 yards … Recovered two fumbles, deflected six passes and intercepted another for a two-yard return … Led a unit that ranked seventh nationally in rush defense (93.77 yards per game) and scoring defense (17.54 points per game), and 11th in total defense (308.23 yards per game) … On 115 running plays he was involved in, he held the opposition to 247 yards (2.15 yards per carry) … Registered 28 third-down tackles, including 18 vs. the run and added five more fourth-down stops … In addition to15 stops for losses, he tackled opposing ballcarriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain 14 times.

2007 Game Analysis

Florida International … Connor opened the season with five tackles and a pass breakup, as he also recovered a fumble by FIU's John Ellis, setting up a 17-yard touchdown toss to Mickey Shuler from QB Anthony Morelli early in the first quarter … With 2:36 to go in the first half, he sacked QB Wayne Younger for a 14-yard loss … FIU was held to minus 3 yards on six running plays directed at Connor … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#32-Julian Reams (5:10-207)-Eight carries for 11 yards.

Notre Dame … The PSU linebacker totaled twelve tackles (eight solo) with an 11-yard sack, two stops for minus 13 yards and a pass deflection, making three third-down hits for the day … He leveled tailback Armando Allen for a 1-yard loss on the game's first running play and in the third quarter, he again stopped Allen for a 1-yard loss … With 4:40 left in the third frame, he sacked QB Jimmy Clausen at the ND 17 for minus 11 yards … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#5-Armando Allen (5:10-199)-Eight runs for 11 yards, six catches for 38 yards.

Buffalo … It was a relatively quiet day for Connor, who posted twelve tackles (9 solos) while getting into the backfield to sack QB Drew Wiley for a 6-yard loss on fourth-and-9 at the PSU 31 during the first series of the second half … He finished with three third-down tackles and another on fourth down … The Bulls netted just one yards on seven running plays vs. the PSU linebacker … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#19-James Starks (6:02-210)-18 runs for 41 yards and a score, four catches for 30 yards.

Michigan … Connor followed with nine tackles (6 solos), chasing down QB Ryan Mallett on a third-and-13 run that netted just one yard, forcing UM to punt late in the first quarter … He also tackled tailback Brandon Minor for a 1-yard loss midway through the second stanza … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#20-Mike Hart (5:09-196)-44 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Illinois … The Illini upset PSU, 27-20, as Connor produced eleven tackles (4 solos) with a stop for a loss and two pass break-ups, as four of his hits came on third-down plays … He took down QB Juice Williams for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-2 bootleg, forcing Illinois to punt in the second quarter and again forced an Illini punt when he stopped Williams on a 2-yard third-and-3 run off left tackle late in the third quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#5-Rashard Mendenhall (5:11-210)-18 runs for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Iowa … Connor added nine hits (8 solos) with an 8-yard sack, two stops for losses and a pass deflection, as the linebacker produced five third-down tackles and another on fourth down, making seven plays vs. the run that netted the Hawkeyes only 5 yards … He sacked QB Jake Christensen for an 8-yard loss on third-and-7 at the Iowa 32, forcing them to punt midway through the second quarter … Christensen was leveled by Connor for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-1 option the next series, bring about another Iowa punt … Connor killed Iowa's last-ditch scoring drive, when he tackled tailback Albert Young on a fourth-and-4 3-yard screen pass with 4:23 left in the game … Prior to the game, Connor told reporters, "This is going to be the biggest week we have because this is going to be the (turnaround) week. Coming off a loss, you can go one way or the other coming up or going down." … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#21-Albert Young (5:10-209)-13 runs for 44 yards, three catches for 10 yards.

Wisconsin … The Badgers trounced Penn State, 38-7, but Connor delivered twelve tackles (5 solos), as he sacked QB Tyler Donovan for a 4-yard loss at the PSU 46 on third-and-11 late in the second quarter, forcing a Wisconsin punt … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#39-P.J. Hill (5:11-232)-19 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, an 11-yard reception.

Indiana … Connor had a quiet six tackles (5 solos), stopping Marcus Thigpen for no gain on a late third quarter run at the PSU 15 … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#42-Josiah Sears (6:00-257)-One carry for 15 yards, one catch for 8 yards.

Ohio State … Connor registered eighteen tackles (5 solos), assisting on a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage while also picking off a Todd Boeckman pass at the PSU 39 for a 2-yard return midway through the second quarter … A violent collision with Maurice Wells stopped the Buckeye for a 1-yard loss and sent the tailback to the sidelines with his teeth rattling late in the fourth quarter … "It doesn't take long because you can't afford to get caught up in the past. You always have to keep looking ahead." Connor on if Penn State will be able to shrug off its loss to Ohio State … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#28-Chris Wells (6:01-233)-25 carries for 133 yards and a 7-yard reception.

Purdue … With eleven tackles (4 solos), a stop for a 3-yard loss and a pass deflection, Connor helped hand the Boilermakers a 26-19 loss, as the linebacker produced three third-down hits and twice stopped ball carriers for no gain, limiting them to 12 yards on six rushing snaps directed at the linebacker … Jaycen Taylor was tackled for a 3-yard loss early in the second half and Connor broke up a Curtis Painter third-and-4 pass intended for tight end Dustin Keller … Record Watch-Connor's eleven hits gave him 379 tackles for his career, breaking the school's all-time tackle record of 372 by Paul Posluszny (2003-06) … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#24-Kory Sheets (6:00-196)-Eight runs for 43 yards, three catches for 18 yards.

Temple … Connor had another eighteen tackles (11 solos) for the second time in 2007, as he added 1 1/2 sacks for minus-7 yards and a pressure … He also stopped Temple runners four times for no gain, holding the Owls to minus one yard on nine carries to Connor's territory … He sacked QB Vaughn Charlton for a two-yard loss on third-and-3, forcing a punt on the game's opening series … He joined Chris Baker in sacking Vaughn for a 10-yard loss on second-and-goal, followed with a stop of Vaughn at the line of scrimmage on third-and-goal and then killed the 51-yard, 14-play series by pressuring Vaughn into throwing an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#34-Jason Harper (5:09-197)-Eight runs for 26 yards, five carries for 30 yards.

Michigan State … Connor collected thirteen tackles (3 solos) and assisted in taking down Javon Ringer for a 4-yard loss on a screen pass late in the first quarter … He later stopped Jehu Caulcrick for no gain on the 270-pounder's first-and-goal run midway through the fourth quarter … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#23-Javon Ringer (5:09-202)-Thirteen carries for 48 yards, one catch for a 4-yard loss.

Texas A&M (Alamo Bowl) … Connor closed out his career with nine tackles (3 solos), a stop for a 2-yard loss and a fumble recovery while coming up with three third-down hits … He leveled Mike Goodson for a one-yard loss on a mid first quarter run and later stopped Goodson behind the line of scrimmage with 0:19 left in the third quarter … Late in the second quarter, he recovered a fumble by Goodson at the PSU 42 after the tailback lost the ball on a four-yard catch … Prior to the game, Connor told reporters, "The Michigan State game left a bad taste in the mouth for me, the defense and the whole team. So, we're excited to get another chance. I think some guys needed the time off to freshen up and put the entire season in perspective. Everyone on the team seems excited to get another shot and play in front of a national audience. We came into the season wanting to win them all, that's always our goal. I think it was a good season and the bowl game is going to be big for us. We're excited about it and it's the type of thing that could make this a memorable season." … Head-to-Head Competition-HB#3-Mike Goodson (6:00-197)-14 runs for 65 yards and two touchdowns, seven catches for 30 yards.

2006 Season

Connor earned first-team All-American recognition from The NFL Draft Report and The Sporting News, becoming the 13th PSU linebacker to receive first-team All-American honors under Coach Joe Paterno … Added second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press … All-Big Ten Conference first-team pick and finalist for the Bednarik Award, won by his teammate, Paul Posluszny … Ranked second on the team with 113 tackles (70 solo), including five sacks for minus-39 yards and nine stops for losses of 46 yards … Combined with Posluszny (116 hits) to become the first Penn State tandem since Andre Collins (130) and Brian Chizmar (110) in 1989 to record more than 100 tackles in a season … Had at least 10 tackles in five games while lining up at weak-side linebacker, participating in 908 plays … Caused three fumbles, deflected a pair of passes and intercepted two others for three yards in returns while also registering a safety … Helped the defense finish ranked in the top 15 nationally in rushing (87.5 yards per game, seventh), scoring (14.4 points per game, ninth), total defense (284.5 yards per game, 15th) and pass efficiency defense (105.9 rating, 14th) and sacks (40, tied for sixth).

2006 Game Analysis

Akron … Connor was one of only three Big Ten players to receive conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors twice in 2006. He was first recognized after making a season-high 13 stops in the season-opener, recording season-highs with 3.5 TFL for minus-23 yards and two sacks.

Notre Dame … He followed his big game against Akron with a team-high tying 12 tackles.

Ohio State … Connor made eight stops, with a tackle for loss, and grabbed a third-quarter interception to give Penn State possession on the Buckeye 26-yard line … Helped the Lions limit the Ohio State offense to 14 points.

Michigan … Also made eight hits (seven solos), with a TFL, in the 17-10 setback.

Illinois … Connor and the defense turned the Illinois Homecoming game around in the second half … With the Lions trailing, 9-3, at the break, the defense forced three turnovers over an 11-play span in the third quarter, lifting Penn State to a 17-9 lead … In the fourth stanza, he recorded a safety on a sack for a 19-12 lead, completing his 12-tackle day.

Purdue … Connor also earned Big Ten accolades in the 12-0 blanking of Purdue, as he made a game-high 12 tackles (10 solos) and grabbed an interception at the Lions' 20, helping hand the Boilermakers their only shutout under Coach Joe Tiller. He made his second interception of the season in the Penn State Red Zone and helped hold the nation's No. 8 ranked offense to 246 total yards, 208.5 below its average, leading the defense to its first shutout since 2002.

Wisconsin … Posted ten tackles and forced a fumble on a sack that was recovered by Sean Lee on the Badger 14-yard line … Connor helped the Lions hold the Badgers to just 13 points, 20 below their season average.

Temple … Registered six tackles and forced his team-high third fumble, helping hold the Owls to two first downs and 74 total yards, both the lowest opponent outputs in the Paterno era.

Michigan State … Connor made seven tackles (four solo) and recorded two pass break-ups, helping hold the Spartans to just 14 yards rushing … Record Watch-He improved his season tackle total to 103, joining Paul Posluszny as the second Penn State tandem to both post 100 tackles in the same season since tackle records began being kept in 1969.

Tennessee (Outback Bowl) … Connor capped his junior season by leading the Lions with 10 tackles, combining with Sean Lee to force a fumble that Tony Davis returned 88 yards for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.

2005 Season

Connor was suspended for the team's first three games, appearing in nine contests, earning six starts in the final seven games at weak-side linebacker … Finished fifth on the team with 76 tackles (38 solo) in 630 defensive plays … Had 1 1/2 sacks for minus-5 yards, 5 1/2 stops for losses of 20 yards and eight pressures … Also recovered a fumble that he returned 18 yards for a touchdown … Connor was instrumental in helping the Lions lead the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense (106.6 rating) and rank second in scoring (17 points per game), total (304.7 yards per game) and rushing defense (93.0 ypg) and sacks (41).

2005 Game Analysis

Returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown and posted nine tackles vs. Illinois … Made a season-high 14 tackles (nine solo) in the Big Ten title-clinching win at Michigan State … Connor added 12 tackles, including a sack, in the dramatic 17-10 win over Ohio State and followed with nine stops at Michigan … Came up big in the Orange Bowl win over Florida State, leading the Lions with seven tackles (five solo), including two tackles for losses, as he helped Penn State limit the Seminoles to 12 first downs, 26 yards rushing and three-of-17 on third-down conversions.

2004 Season

Named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News, the Football Writers Association of America and Scripps … Played in 10 games, starting four, including the last three games at inside linebacker after spending much of the season at an weak-side linebacker spot … .Second on the team and ninth in the Big Ten with 85 tackles (50 solo), as he had a seven-yard sack and posted 4 1/2 stops for losses of 12 yards and also had an interception while appearing in 558 defensive snaps.

2004 Game Analysis

Connor posted five tackles (three solo) in his first game, the season-opening win over Akron … Picked off a pass in the victory over Central Florida … Went on to lead or tie for the team lead in tackles in three games, including a 10-tackle performance vs. Purdue and a season-high 16 stops vs. Northwestern, the highest tackle total for a Nittany Lion in two seasons … In the season-ending 37-13 victory over Michigan State, Connor posted 11 tackles and one tackle for loss, one of four double-digit tackle performances on the year, including each of the last three games … Also recorded 11 tackles and a tackle for loss at Indiana, where he was instrumental in limiting the Hoosiers' offense to 10 points and keeping Indiana out of the end zone on four plays from the one-yard line in the final two minutes to preserve a victory.

OFF-FIELD INCIDENT

2005: On Aug. 19, Connor was suspended indefinitely by coach Joe Paterno after he and two other players were cited by police for allegedly placing harassing phone calls. Connor and two backups, receiver Jim Kanuch and safety Nolan McCready, were issued summary offenses earlier this week in connection with the calls, which "escalated to the point of harassment" over the course of several months, the school said in a statement. The school said the linebacker was suspended for three games by Paterno for his involvement in a series of prank phone calls made in the offseason to former Nittany Lion assistant coach Joe Sarra. All three players had been placed on probation. "Based upon a clearer understanding of the facts, coach Joe Paterno has placed sophomore Dan Connor on indefinite suspension for his participation in recent harassment calls," the statement said. The calls began following the spring semester and continued into the early summer, school administrators said.

2007: Was called as a witness for a fight at an apartment on campus between football players and students, but was not a suspect, nor was he charged in the incident.

Injury Report

2006: Suffered a broken bone in his right hand in early November (unconfirmed reports say he originally hurt it in the Purdue game), but did not miss any game time.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.67 in the 40-yard dash … 2.73 20-yard dash … 1.56 10-yard dash … 33-inch vertical jump … Bench presses 225 pounds 22 times … 4.2 20-yard shuttle … 32-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands.

High School

Attended Strath Haven (Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Kevin Clancy … Consensus All-American … The four-year starter was selected the nation's top prep line-backer by Parade … Earned first-team All-American notice from USA Today, Super Prep and numerous other media outlets … 2003 Associated Press Big School Player-of-the-Year and named first-team All-State three times … Earned All-Region, All-City, All-County and All-League honors … Captain and MVP of his team … Won the Maxwell Football Club's prestigious Jim Henry Award as the Philadelphia Area Player of the Year and was the Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year as a senior … Totaled 4,556 rushing yards and 77 touchdowns during his prep career … Defensively, he made 451 tackles, 18 sacks, 16 interceptions and six fumble recoveries … As a senior, Connor rushed for 1,807 yards on 251 carries, for a spectacular 7.2-yard average, scoring 28 touchdowns … Instrumental in Strath Haven winning the 2000 Pennsylvania Class AAA state championship and playing in the AAA state title game in 2001 and '02 … Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2004..Lettered in basketball and track, where he participated in the high jump, javelin, discus and shot put.

Personal

Crime, Law and Justice major … Has two older brothers, Jim and Mike. Jim played football at Boston College and Mike played at Lehigh … Born Daniel Murphy Connor on 11/02/85 in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.

 
 

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