Maybe it was only appropriate. On a day that featured walkons at Friday's USC throwing session, Conner Sullivan was very much enjoying the show and rooting them on.
That's former walkon Conner Sullivan now a scholarship special teams player as a surehanded holder after getting a call in late spring from Steve Sarkisian."Sark called me up and said I had a scholarship," Conner recalls. "I said 'Thank you.' It was a short call."
And something the senior from Orange Lutheran "hadn't really expected . . . I wasn't thinking about it, I was hoping it might happen but it's a blessing."
For his parents, especially, Sullivan says. "We have four of us in college" with his brother, Shane, a former preferred walkon tight end at USC needing just a course to graduate with his younger sister Kelly a preferred walkon rower at USC and another sister, Katie, in medical school at Baylor.
So for Conner, who came to USC on a baseball scholarship but had to give it up to play in a football game, it's only right. He's done everything asked of him: backup and Scout team quarterback, adaptable holder who can switch from right side to left depending on whether it's lefty Matt Boermeester or righty Alex Wood doing the kicking. He even jumped in as a running back at times last fall and this spring, took up the javelin to compete on the USC track and field team.
So you'd guess that the business administration major, with a couple of classes left to graduate this fall, has a full card right now. But you'd be wrong.
Which means you may not have seen his professionally done drone videos -- over the campus and the Coliseum, looking down from the torch for starters, or maybe you'll like his view of LA from atop the HOLLYWOOD sign. They're all available on youtube at ConnerSullivanTV with more than tens of thousands of downloads n all.
But that's not Conner's latest work. This summer he journeyed to Thailand, Singapore and Japan. His "Cat Man of Tokyo" video has been downloaded more than 52,000 times. He was escorted off the top of the Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok. And is working with the USC Trojan Clubs, putting together an "around the world with the Trojans" video. This semester, he'll be doing work for the Marshall Business School this year.
"This past trip has been the most fun," Conner says of his video and travel adventures that maybe point where this is all headed for him.
"I've always been interested in cameras," he says. And maybe always will be. "I'd like to have my own TV show some day. I have a passion to travel and meet people and do something for them."
As for his college days, he says he "agrees 100 percent" with the idea that you can learn more by doing and and doing it out of class than in it. "It's like watching film [for football] . . . and then you get to do it on the field." The field is a far more important place to learn how to play football.
And yes, he does miss baseball. "I'm a switch-hitter in baseball who today is a switch-holder in football," he says. But "there's nothing like the intensity and the camaradarie of football when you're coming out of the tunnel in the Coliseum."
That's something he's caught on camera with a small Go-Pro he fitted to his mouthpiece as the Trojans hit the field one game last fall.
"They're both good solid kickers," Conner says of the two who will battle it out. And he'll be there for both of them, switching from one side to the other. And maybe with a Go-Pro on his head to show you just how it's done.
FRIDAY QUICK TAKES: One thing you notice now are the three players -- Deontay Burnett, De'Quan Hampton and Cyrus Hobbi, who are not in school yet and do not take part in the team run at 6 a.m. as they arrive separately for the throwing session . . . But Hobbi does his own team run by himself over on Cromwell Field . . . the soon-to-be-grad-student who will be getting his master's in communication management after an undergrad degree in theater is working hard there . . . the former offensive lineman has yet to be awarded a scholarship . . . increasingly impressive is the speed of Porter Gustin as a 6-foot-5 rush end . . . He's up to full speed on his second step and he can fly . . . more than a dozen players, all the QBs and some WRs and TE's, stayed late to work on routes, timing and the Juggs machine . . . last three out were tight ends Connor Spears, Caleb Wilson and Tyler Petite . . . Blueshirt Burnett again had the play of the day on a terrific catch in the air of a 40-yard pass well covered but Deontay got the height and then had the body control to come down in bounds . . . Dominic Davis also keeps making plays with his hands, his hops and his feet . . . Hard to imagine he doesn't see the field . . . seeing more work running the ball from Tre Madden now . . . Not sure why we're not seeing him but Ron Jones II getting a carry or a pass here or there but mostly watching and learning . . . NFL superstar J.J. Watt worked out in MKay for a second straight day.CHECK THIS OUT: For more details and play-by-play on Friday's workout, check out FRIDAY JULY THROWING SESSION 4 GHOST NOTES.
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