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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #49, TE Jesse Conners

After sitting out a year, the former Holy Cross player could see some action this year.

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Jesse Conners

Position: Tight end

Year: (Redshirt) Sophomore

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 231

Hometown: Pittsford, N.Y.

High School: Salisbury School

2017 Stats: In his first year on the Syracuse Orange roster, he sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

2018 Projections: The walk-on might not see the field much, but he has some pass-catching ability that could help him work his way into the action. Worst-case, he’ll be busy on special teams.

How’d He Get Here: Conners started his college career at Holy Cross, but after a redshirt season, decided it was time to head back to the CNY area. Since NCAA transfer rules make no sense, he had to sit out a year going from FCS to FBS (while he wouldn’t have had to going the opposite direction).

What’d Recruiting Sites Say: Not much — they actually saw him as more of a linebacker at the time.

Money Quote: Conners didn’t really know he was all that good at football until late in his high school career, according to this March article from Nate Mink:

“After my junior year I started getting calls from all these FCS schools. I’m like, ‘Dad, it would be cool to keep it going, if I can get better and play at the next level.’ Everyone was like, ‘Oh, he’s good, but he’s never going to play at prep school.’ If it happens, it happens. So I went out and did really well.”

Twitter feed: @Jesse_conners

Tweets of Wonder: Not bad company at all for Conners to be part of.

What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Not sure how much Dino Babers (or Jesse) is a fan of horror flicks, but 2012’s “Cabin the Woods” is a scary movie of the self-aware variety and also features Jesse Williams.

Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Conners is in a family full of elite athletes. His brother plays for Virginia lacrosse (boooooo), and his sister actually competed in the Olympics this year, figure skating for Israel.

Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Stephen Bailey captured the battle between walk-ons Connerse and Lesko in spring ball last year (before Lesko transferred to UT-Chattanooga).