Jack Conner to play football at Millikin
A record-setting quarterback will have a chance to play at the next level.
Sullivan High School senior Jack Conner, son of Sean and Anne Conner, signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Millikin University, a Division III school in Decatur, Illinois.
“I think it is great for Jack and great for Millikin,” said Sullivan football coach Blaine Powell. “They are getting a great kid who will do everything he can to become a better football player.
“Jack has played two sports, so he understands how to manage his time. It will be even more demanding on the next level, but I don’t expect him to have any problems making the adjustment.”
Conner left his mark on the SHS football record book. He completed 228 of 356 passes as a senior in 2018. Both are school records. He threw for 37 touchdowns, which tied his predecessor Trey Powell for most TDs in a season.
As a senior, Conner rushed 112 times for 527 yards and six TDs and led the Arrows to the sectional championship game. As a junior. Conner gained 936 yards rushing and 16 TDs on 149 carries.
In 2017, he completed 72.5 percent of his passes (195 of 269), throwing for 2,978 yards, 29 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
“Jack is one of the best quarterbacks I have coached,” said Powell. “He can beat you with his arm and legs and is a very smart kid who has worked very hard.
“Millikin has a good football program and will be a good place for Jack.”
Conner, who is 6-1 and 200 pounds, said he considered Anderson and DePauw, but Millikin was a perfect fit.
“After I visited Millikin, I knew it was the place for me,” said Conner, who plans to major in finance and entrepreneurship with aspirations of owning his own business eventually. “I love the campus and the coaches.
“It just knew it was the right place for me.”
Conner, who said his early memories of football include his brothers Evan and Zane while growing up in Avon, said that Millikin just graduated its starting quarterback.
“They have two returning quarterbacks and are recruiting two other freshmen,” said Conner, who wanted to thank his parents for their help and direction in helping to make this happen. “It is a wide open situation.
“I am going to go in there and do my best to learn their playbook and adjust to playing at the next level. I am going to work hard to make the most of this opportunity.”
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Sullivan senior Jack Conner, front, center, is all smiles as he prepares to sign a letter-of-intent to play football at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He is surrounded by his parents Anne and Sean Conner. Back, from left, are Sullivan High School Athletic Director Otto Clements, SHS Football Coach Blaine Powell and SHS Principal Tara Jenkins.