"Blocking is part of the job. Coming out of high school I blocked some, but I was more of a runner. I had to transition to a blocker here. I ran lot more in high school. It's nice to get the ball, but I don't mind blocking to help the team. I do like to get my carries, though," he smiled and said. "Some games I am out there a lot. Some games it is not as much depending on the defense. I can't control that. It's hard on the sidelines when you want out there getting carries, blocking or competing to help us win." Conner says he's never questioned his playing time or role. He leaves those calls to Brooks and assistant Joker Phillips.
"I try my best to go 100 percent all the time. Normally I will not be out there as much, so I have to make the best of my time out there on the field," he said. "How much I play is out of my control. I wish I was out there more. Every player does. But I have to do best I can in the amount of time I am out there to make good things happen."
That attitude is why he's become a genuine role model for younger players. It's hard for them to complain about playing time when they see a potential NFL player accepting his role and always going all-out. "I just try to stay positive. I have had some rough times here, too. I am not going to lie about that. But I just stick with it and stay focused and push through. Nobody complains to me about not playing enough. They know I don't want to hear that," Conner said. "I have to lead both by example and vocally to show the young guys what it takes to win and be the best team."
Off the field, he can be a mild-mannered person. He says he likes to fish and hang out with friends in what little spare time he has. "I am not a person that goes out a lot, but when I do I like to have fun and go to movies and amusement parks and stuff like that," he said.