"I went to the UCLA camp on Sunday and the Cal camp two weeks ago," said South Pasadena quarterback Conor Bednarski. Bednarski said he threw well at both camps. At the UCLA camp, which featured over 400 players, head coach Rick Neuheisel and assistant Reggie Moore took notice of Bednarski's abilities and chatted with the rising senior.
As a sophomore Bednarski passed for 1,463 yards and eight touchdowns. He also ran for another four touchdowns. During his junior season Bednarski's stats went down due to the fact that he missed 2 1/2 games because of a strained ACL. He finished the shortened 2009 campaign with 1,054 yards passing yards and five touchdowns and ran for another four scores. In both seasons Bednarski earned honorable mention all-region honors.
Hard work is what Bednarski says makes him a solid player, "I work very hard in the film room, just studying defenses and trying to make the right reads." Although he doesn't describe himself as a vocal leader he says he leads by example, "I'm always the first in the weight room and last out. I work really hard and I'm always there for my teammates."
An outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA and over 2,000 SAT score, Bednarski understands the importance of education, "Going to a school for four years, it's not just like a four-year decision; it's a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life."
Indeed, Bednarski has several outstanding academic institutions that have taken notice of him. In addition to the aforementioned schools above, Bednarski has his sites set on Cal Poly, Princeton and the University of Chicago. He plans to camp at all three and will also camp at San Jose State on Wednesday.
And then there's Vanderbilt. Although Bednarski has not visited Vandy he plans to be at the Rising Star camp in July. He likes the combination of the outstanding academics that the Nashville school offers along with the tough competition of the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt coaches are always looking for heady, mobile quarterbacks and Bednarski fits that criteria. However, Commodore coaches, whom he hears from weekly, have told him that they want to see him throw in person and they'll get their opportunity on the 18th of July.
Bednarski also excels on the baseball diamond. Playing in the outfield, he batted .360. He also served as the team's closer, "I don't think I gave up an earned run," shared Bednarski. Bednarski said that he closely followed Vanderbilt's recent trip to the Super Regionals.