Connor: Return Up in the Air

Nittany Lion junior All-American linebacker not certain he'll be back for the 2007 season. Connor said he will decide on whether to bypass his senior year to enter the NFL Draft after PSU faces Tennessee in the Outback Bowl.

Penn State football junior outside linebacker Dan Connor was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News this week. And that means the Nittany Lions will have a returning A-A 'backer for the second straight season in 2007, as Connor will follow in the footsteps of Paul Posluszny.

Or will he?

See Dan Connor Talk About Several Topics Here.

At Penn State's Outback Bowl media day at the Lasch Building Thursday, Connor left open the possibility of making an early entry into the NFL Draft.

“It's up in the air right now,” he said. “I really haven't looked into it at all. So I'm just gonna concentrate on the bowl game, and then in January I'll decide one way or another. But it's kind of up in the air.”

Just moments earlier, however, Connor was talking about his senior season as if it would happen. He was asked how he'd respond if asked to make the move from outside linebacker inside — something else Posluszny did — for his final year in the program

“I wanted to play middle as soon as I got here,” Connor said. “I played there a little my freshman year when Tim [Shaw] was hurt, and I was about 210 pounds and I did all right. So another chance at that would be great in my opinion.”

He added that he thought middle linebacker is his best position.

If a move to the middle is in the offing — or perhaps an even bigger move — Connor knows he must add some bulk to his 225-pound frame. That will be his focus in the off-season.

He said he would like to “put on about 10-12 pounds and keep the speed and agility. Get bigger, stronger, faster; typical off-season stuff.”

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