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 conner_john JOHN CONNER
Lakota West Class of 2005
College: University of Kentucky (class of 2010)
College Summary: Conner became a member of the UK starting lineup as a sophomore and was a very explosive fullback.He was named the “Best Blocking Back” prior to his senior season in the Birmingham News. During Conner’s career at UK he recorded 247 yards on 54 attempts, and 4 touchdowns (averaged 4.6 yards/carry. He also recorded 25 catches for 147 yards (8.1 yards/catch) including four TD catches.
Primary Position: Fullback (College & NFL)
Drafted By: New York Jets in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL draft.NFL Milestones–6/4/10… Conner signed a four year, $1.99 million deal with the Jets and receivd a $199,000 signing
bonus.9/4/10 ….. made the Jets 53 player active roster.  He is listed #2 at fullback on the team depth
chart and is also expected to see action on special teams.  He becomes the first Lakota West
athlete and just the second in Lakota district history to make an NFL team.
9/13/10….. played in the Jets/Ravens game on Monday night football to become the first Lakota West Alum to play in a major league regular season sports contest of any kind.
1/23/11….. completed a successful rookie season today as the Jets were eliminated from the NFL playoffs losing to the Pittsburg Steelers.  The Jet’s finished the regular season with a combined record of 13-6 (11-5 regular season/ 2-1 in playoff’s)2010-2011 Season Summary… Conner played in all 19 games as a member of the special teams and in several games as a fullback with the offensive unit.  For the year Conner rushed the ball 8 times for 44 yards including one 16 yard TD run. His TD came on the final drive of the Jets final game of the regular season, a 38-7 win over the Buffalo Bills.  Conner’s season totals also included 2 pass receptions for 9 yards, 3 kick returns for 35 yards, and 5 total tackles (2 solo & 3 assisted).  He becomes only the second Lakota District player to play a season in the NFL (after 1996 Lakota grad Troy Evans*).  Conner is the first and only Lakota player to ever be credited with a touchdown in the NFL.*Evans, a linebacker and special teams specialist, played 9 seasons in the NFL, most recently as the special teams captain of the 2010 Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.8/1/11… Reported to Jets training camp for beginning of his second NFL season. Was elevated on depth chart to #1 fullback on roster.

2011-12 Season Summary… Conner played in all 16 regular season games.  The Jets did not make the play offs this year.  He had 13 rushing attempts for 44 yards resulting in 7 first downs and 1 touchdown.  He caught 2 passes for 9 yards, one resulting in a first down.  He has now played in 35 consecutive games for the Jets.2012-13 Season Summary… Conner began the season as the Jets starting fullback but was waived by the Jets in October after reaching an injury settlement.
He signed with Cincinnati in December and played the last five games of the season with the Bengals.2013-14 Season (Fourth NFL Season)
8/31/2013… Waived by Bengals after last pre-season game.
9/24/2013… Signed two year deal with New York Giants. Since elevated to #1 at fullback on the Giant depth chart.2014-15 Season (Fifth NFL Season)
Completed regular season with the New York Jets. Caught first NFL TD pass, a 9 yard game winner in 16-11 victory over Tennessee in week 15.  Waived by the Jets after the season ended.Status:  Signed contract on 5/13/2015 with the Buffalo Bills. Was waived at the conclusion of the 2015 pre-season and is currently out of professional football.This section last updated on 9/8/2015
 hunter_grant Grant Hunter
Lakota West Class of 2007
College: Butler University (class of 2012)
College Summary: Hunter, led Butler in quarterback sacks for four straight seasons. He was Butler’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2011. He is second on Butler’s all-time list for quarterback sacks with 35.5 during his four-year career.  Hunter led the Bulldogs in 2011 with ten quarterback sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss, while earning honorable mention All-Pioneer Football League recognition.  Professional teams took notice of his combination of size and speed.
Primary Positions: Defensive Line (College) & Linebacker (NFL)
Drafted By: Undrafted free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in spring of 2012.
NFL Milestones–
10 May 2012… Reported to rookie camp.
10 August 2012 … Played in season opening exhibition win (17-6) over the New York Jets at Paul Brown Stadium.  Hunter was credited with one solo tackle.
Status:
31 August 2012…Waived by Bengals just prior to the beginning of the NFL regular season.This section last updated on 8/31/2012
 2014-stephen-houston Stephen Houston
Lakota West Class of 2009
College: Indiana (class of 2015)
College Summary: Stephen fourth on the school’s all-time list with 25 rushing touchdowns, sixth with 29 total touchdowns and ninth with 2,304 rushing yards, Houston is ninth in school history with nine 100-yard rushing games. Last season, he rushed for 753 yards on 112 attempts for 6.7-yard average and five touchdowns.
Primary Positions: Running Back (College) & Running Back (NFL)
Drafted By: Undrafted free agent signed by the New England Patriots in spring of 2014.
Status:
16 January 2016…Waived by Patriots just prior to the beginning of the NFL regular season.This section last updated on 1/16/2016
 HICKS Jordan Hicks
Lakota West Class of 2010
High School Summary: 5 Star player Coached by Larry Cox at Lakota West H.S. … a prep All-American, two-time first-team all-state, all-county and all-district selection at linebacker … three-year starter who was named to PARADE’s All-America High School Football Team … also named PARADE’s top linebacker in the nation … earned first-team All-USA honors by USA Today … an EA SPORTS All-American first-team selection … Gatorade’s Ohio high school football Player of the Year … awarded the high school Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top high school linebacker … played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America game … a member of Rivals’ top 100 and ESPNU’s top 150 national prospects … ranked as the best outside linebacker and fourth-best overall prospect by ESPNU and ranked the best linebacker and 16th-best overall prospect by Rivals … posted 216 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 36 TFL, three forced fumbles, four INTs, 10 PBU and a TD over his final three seasons … helped Lakota West post a 21-11 record over that time span … selected as the All-Ohio Defensive co-Player of the Year and a Division I first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press as a senior … Ohio High magazine’s 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team selection … Greater Miami Conference co-athlete of the year and all-conference first-team selection … selected to The Cincinnati Enquirer Division I All-Star first team … Journal News Butler County Defensive Player of the Year and all-county first-team selection … recorded 95 tackles (65 solo), three sacks, 13 TFL, two INTs, two PBU and a TD … also punted 18 times for a 40.6 average and rushed for 77 yards and two TDs … served as captain for a Lakota West team that went 9-2 and earned a share of the Greater Miami Conference championship … recorded 18 tackles in a 28-17 victory over Sycamore … All-Ohio Division I first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press as a junior … selected to The Cincinnati Enquirer Division I All-Star first team … Greater Miami Conference All-Conference first-team selection … Ohio High magazine first-team selection … recorded 70 tackles (52 solo), four sacks, 16 TFL, two INTs, six PBU and two forced fumbles … a Greater Miami Conference All-Conference second-team selection as a sophomore … honorable mention selection to The Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star team … recorded 51 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven TFL, two PBU and a forced fumble … also lettered in basketball … served as team captain as a senior and was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior … holds district record for most varsity basketball games played in a career with 87 games … set district record for steals in a career with 170 … an honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference selection as a senior … also an honorable mention Division I selection by The Cincinnati Enquirer as a junior … averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game … tabbed honorable mention all-district and first-team all-conference as a sophomore … averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game … averaged 10 points and three rebounds a game as a freshman.
College: Texas University (class of 2014)
College Summary: • As a senior in 2014, earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and league coaches and was named second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America • His 147 tackles as a senior were tied for the seventh-highest total in Texas annals and the most since Winfred Tubbs notched 157 in 1992 • Started first four games at weakside linebacker as a redshirt junior in 2013 and led team with 41 tackles before his season ended due to Achilles injury • As a junior in 2012, opened the first three games at weakside linebacker, but suffered a season-ending hip injury and earned a medical redshirt • Appeared in all 13 games with eight starts as a sophomore in 2011, ranking sixth on the team with 65 tackles and adding four tackles for a loss, one sack and one fumble recovery • Named honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2010 by the league’s coaches after appearing in all 12 games and notching 23 tackles, a sack and six special teams tackles • Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2014 and 2011 and was a seven-time member of Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Was also named to the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society
Primary Positions: Linebacker (College) & Linebacker (NFL)
Drafted By:  D3-15 (84th overall) by PhiladelphiaStatus: Media Guide
Still on Active Roster for the Philadelphia Eagles. This section last updated on 1/19/2016
 peters-john1 John Peters
Lakota West Class of 2010
College: Mount St. Joseph (class of 2015)
College Summary: John caught 67 passes for a total of 1145 yards and caught 21 TD passes in 23 games over three seasons. Peters is the first Lion to sign a NFL contact.
Primary Positions: Receiver (College) & TE (NFL)
Drafted By: Undrafted free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in spring of 2015. College free agent is the first player from Cincinnati’s Mount St. Joseph University (NCAA Division III) to sign an NFL contract … Was one of four signees among 20 players who participated on a tryout basis in Bengals rookie minicamp
NFL Milestones–Competed in 3 preseason games with the Cincinnati Bengals,
May 2015… Reported to rookie camp.
Status:
3 Febuary 2016…Bengals signed tight end John Peters to a Reserve/Future contract. 2/3/2016
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