GRIDIRON DIARY: Glenn looks forward to big season from Wizards
September 14, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: Windsor Now asked Windsor Wizards running back Conner Glenn last week if he would be willing to write an exclusive diary during the 2009 Wizards football season. Conner, a senior running back who is drawing attention from Division I schools, will write down his thoughts and feelings from the previous week and Gridiron Diary will appear on page 3 each Sunday. He’ll talk about school, the team, recruiting, the season and anything else a a high school kid would want to write about. Conner will continue to write in his Gridiron Diary about once a month or so after the season’s over right up until he signs a letter of intent in February. Conner scored three touchdowns and rushed for 252 yards on 15 carries (16.8 yards per carry) in Windsor’s 41-38 season-opening win over Fossil Ridge on Friday night in Windsor. Conner’s 100-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Wizards.
Welcome to my diary. When I found out that Windsor Now wanted me to do this, I was shocked, but I think it’s a good thing as well.
Anyway, I have been in school for a couple of weeks and have gotten the football season kicked off. We open against a big rival in Fossil Ridge this week.
I’m excited to see what we can do under the lights. At practice, I see a lot of overall speed on our team. Defenders fly to the football, running backs hitting the hole full speed, and quarterbacks and receivers are on the money. We have a lot of talent this year, and I see big things for Windsor High this season.
Anyway, things have been a little crazy, and I am just getting used to the transition between school all day, then hitting football practice afterward.
Offense lifts weights every other day, and I can see my strength increasing, as well as my teammates. We are getting strong, which is important for the game, but there is one thing I see every day that I believe is a huge part of what we do. SPEED. I can see it everywhere. We all worked with a speed coach this summer, and I think it helped some people cover ground quicker than they could before. Personally, I think it helped me out, too. I was running a 40 in the mid 4.5s, but dropped it down to a 4.45 by the end of summer.
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So, one thing that I think is gonna be big this year is that we will be able to use our speed running the rock north and south. I have complete confidence in all my teammates – the line, D line, backers, DBs, QBs, wide outs, everybody. I don’t care what the media says about anyone on our team. The bottom line is we will compete this year, and the goal is to come out on top.
On a lighter note, I have seen some recruiting attention from good schools, but right now my main focus is getting wins for Windsor. I have heard from schools like Colorado, Colorado State, Florida, Florida State, Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Utah, Texas Christian, Kansas State, Washington State, Ohio State, Air Force, Wyoming, Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Missouri, Alabama, Virginia, Notre Dame and Stanford.
One day, I plan on playing on Saturdays, and hopefully Sundays. It has always been a dream of mine. But that is a long way down the road, so I just need to get work done now to have a good future.
Also, I would like to enter college ball as an athlete (ATH). But I feel DB could be a good spot for me to just use my speed and lock down receivers. I played defensive back for my first time at CU camp this summer and it just felt natural to me. I am physical enough that I can give a hit, but quick enough to read and lock down a receiver. So I would like to probably like to play some DB in college.
For me though, football is an escape from everyday life and problems and issues I deal with sometimes. It’s good to be around my boys and just do some Ballin’ day in and day out. But overall, that’s me for right now.
Hoping to see the entire town at our games this year.
Conner Glenn #30