Kacsor Labors Hard to Get Noticed

Almost everyone in Northeast Indiana knows who Rod Smith is, but when you read northeast Indiana football stats, you also see the name of Connor Kacsor of Leo High School. Kacsor is a 5-11 200 lb. running back who is driven to play college football. Just a junior, he is earning his way to be taken seriously as future college player.

Kacsor has rushed for 522 yards in his first 4 games and scored 7 touchdowns as Leo has a 3-1 record at the class 3A level. Like most players, he has been playing football since 4th grade and admits that his greatest desire is to play at the next level - either D1 or D2 football.

"Our goal is simple, we want to win the sectional," Kacsor stated simply. They are entrenched in one of the toughest northern 3A sectionals in the state with the 2008 3A state champion and the defending sectional champion. In the last few seasons, Leo has been building a solid winning record and as a sophomore Kacsor helped lead Leo to the sectional championship game against Bellmont. "We have a tough sectional, but if we can continue to work hard and improve, we have a shot," Kacsor concluded.

Kacsor is involved in his community as a Special Olympics volunteer. Last year, he escorted the athletes to the victory stand. "Working with the Special Olympics was very gratifying and it was an honor to be involved," Kacsor told Indiana Varsity Scout. A solid B student, he believes that he continues to improve his academic standing.

Connnor attended the Michigan and Ohio State summer camps, and was invited to the Chicago Scout combine in late May '09. He also went to the Indianapolis Under Armor combine sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts.

"I really just want to make something happen for our team and play my hardest. I believe good things will come," he shared openly. He lists his college interests as Louisville, Indiana, Purdue and Central Michigan. He already broke the school record in 2008 for most yards per carry and was the Offensive MVP as a sophomore.

Kacsor will only get better and hopes he can find the opportunity to prove his abilities. He sees himself as an athlete who can play on both sides of the ball. "I can play defensive back and have done so when called upon, but they want me going one way and they need me at running back," Kacsor said. There are some good football players in northeast Indiana and you can add Connor Kacsor's name to that list.

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