#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team Halton-Peel Varsity REC Knight hopes to extend family success

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com’s Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) on the April 29th weekend at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to the OPC, CFC will preview the teams and players participating in the big event.

Connor Knight is looking forward to the OPC and playing at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton.

“I am looking forward to playing under the lights at Tim Horton’s field. It’s going to be an unbelievable game competing against some of the best of the best and am excited to go back to back years with wins,” explained Connor.

Connor suits up for two football teams. For the past 9 years, Connor has played for the Burlington Stampeder Program in the Ontario Football Conference (OFC). Also, Knight is a member on the Robert Bateman Wild High School football team in Burlington.


In the first two years of playing football Connor started at defensive back, but made the change to slot back which became his main position. Knight has played quarterback for the past 3 years and defensive back, going both ways throughout the game.

The reason Connor chose to play slot back is because he loves the ability to be active before the ball is even snapped. Connor added, “It’s exciting and I’ve always had a passion for the slot. I love catching the ball and getting the opportunity to make plays that will excite the team.”

Connor has modeled the game after his father. Connor’s Dad, Lee Knight, played in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger Cats for 11 years and has taught him many keys on how to succeed on the football field.  “This includes how your attitude should be towards the game, players and coaches and on field techniques,” mentioned Connor. Additionally, Connor loves to watch all of the slots in the CFL and the way they play the game, especially Andy Fantuz and Weston Dressler.


Currently Connor has been accepted to McMaster, Laurier and Ottawa but he’s unsure where he wants to go at the moment.  He’s hoping that the OPC game will allow more doors to open up.

The OPC experience has been good so far for Connor. He’s posted personal bests at the combine. He really worked on his 40 yard dash these past months and it showed on his time. Connor added, “The coaches are great and the competition is at a high level.”

In preparation for the OPC, Connor is working out and working on his speed.

Connor’s goals for the OPC are to receive more attention from schools and show them that he can play at the next level. Knight concluded, “I hope to become a better player mentally and improve my overall game on the field.”



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