CFC #1 O’Connor leaves Penn State

After he redshirted last season as a freshman, CFC # 1 CLASS 2014 pivot Michael O’Connor will be leaving NCAA Division 1 team, Penn State Nittany Lions.

At this point, O’Connor plans to transfer to another program but it is not known where he will land. At Penn State, he was expected to compete for the starting position after quarterback Christian Hackenberg moved on.

In 2014, the Ontario pivot committed to the school under former Lions Head Coach Bill O’Brien.  However, a couple of weeks before O’Connor was set to join the team, O’Brien resigned and James Franklin took over the position.

The CFC #1’s departure from the Lions makes him the fifth pivot to transfer dating back to 2012.

Previous to the Nittany Lions, O’Connor was playing at the IMG Football Academy in Braneton, Florida, where he was training with former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke. O’Connor also attended Baylor in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Previous to playing football south of the border, the Ontario quarterback suited up for the Ashbury Colts of the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA), where he led the team to a conference title.  Additionally, he played for the Orleans Bengals of National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA).  The Bengals won the league’s ‘A’ Championship in 2010.

Michael O'Connor

O’Connor has been honoured for his exceptional play on the field throughout his career.  Those achievements include:  Colts MVP (2010), Championship MVP (2010), All-Star MVP (2010), top Junior player at the New England Patriot’s Football Camp (2010), top Senior quarterback, and player at Patriots Camp (2011), invite to the Top Prospects Camp at the University of Oklahoma and honours for his performances at NUC combines in Rochester, Delaware, as well as the University of Syracuse Camp.

Other NCAA schools that were in contention for O’Connor prior to his commitment to Penn State included Missouri, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Alabama and Arkansas.

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