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FB/OLB Connor Janes: St. Joseph-Ogden High School-Class of 2015

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Published: 03/31/2014

Connor Janes played an integral role last year in St. Joseph-Ogden’s run to the 3A championship game.

Although, the team fell two points short in overtime—Janes really set the tone for his senior season.

He started on both sides of the ball last season for the Spartans playing outside linebacker and fullback.

During their playoff run, Janes rushed for a combined 384 yards and four touchdowns in the last two games. He also chipped in with three tackles in the state title game.

In the semifinal game against Greenville, the St. Joseph-Ogden coaches looked at Janes to rise above his competition and take over the game, which he did exceptionally. In helping the Spartans achieve a spot in the 3A state title game, Janes ran for over 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Janes said of his performance, “I knew I had to perform to my fullest ability like I always have for my town, teammates, coaches, and myself.”

On the year, Janes rushed for over 550 yards on only 91 rushes as he was splitting time with other backs.

The coaches will look for Janes to be more a focal point on offense this season as they will look to get him more carries with the ball.

Janes has been working on playing tailback during this offseason as he continues to improve his quickness and speed.

He already has great natural speed to go along with his 6’2” 210 pound frame, making him a force on both sides of the ball.

Colleges have taken interest and Janes has already heard from Ball StateSouthern IllinoisWestern Illinois, and Eastern Illinois, among others. He is set to visit Ball State on April 5th to attend one of their spring practices.

Janes was an unquestionably dynamic player during the Spartans’ run through the playoffs last season. He will need to build off that success to not only get his team to the next level but also himself.