Connally always has had a hidden ambition to be a running back. Last year, however, he was so valuable on defense and because Coolidge had a pair of experienced backs, Connally had to settle for wrecking havoc from his defensive end position.
This season, Coach Sam Taylor decided to try the 6-foot-2, 197-pound senior as a running back. Connally rewarded his coach with a splendid 103-yard rushing effort and one touchdown in helping the Colts defeat Forestville, 13-0, in both team's opener Saturday.
Taylor wasn't surprised at Connally's success. "He's one of the better athletes on the team and could play anywhere I put him," he said. "I used him at several defensive spots and he played well all year. He's just a very good player."
Connally wasn't so preoccupied with his running success he forgot about his defensive responsibilities. From his outside linebacker spot, he had eight solo tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. A three-year starter, Connally said he hasn't had any problems learning how to take a hit.
"Making the right moves, hitting the right holes and gettting the timing down is what's important for me," he said. "Learning the offensive system was no problem and I enjoy the double duty. I've alway wanted to be a running back."