Santa Maria Sun / Athlete of the Week
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 25
BY AARON SALAZAR
With the 2014 high school football season just beginning, Ernest Righetti High School’s starting quarterback Conor Regan is already pulling in scouts.
This summer, the senior Warrior was offered a preferred walk-on position at the University of Southern California.
That means Regan is already guaranteed admission at USC and a spot on the Trojan roster. It’s not a scholarship, but it shows a lot of promise for a player who still has one high school football season ahead of him.
The Sun caught up with Regan on the sidelines of Righetti’s Aug. 22 scrimmage against Cabrillo High School. Regan is a modest guy who tries to push himself to the edge time and time again.
“Do what you can to the best of your ability,” he said.
As the team’s leader, he said he wants to build up team chemistry and get ready for the first game of the season, against Ventura High School. Teammate and returning wide receiver Steven Spadarotto said Regan’s already built a rapport with the team.
“He keeps the whole team in line,” Spadarotto said. “We’re all on the same page.”
Regan started playing football in the seventh grade. Although he started out as a center, he moved to quarterback. Six games into his freshman season at Righetti, he was pulled from the freshmen team and put on junior varsity.
He moved up to varsity his junior year, and during last season’s bout against Atascadero he threw a 76-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of the game.
“He’s always been able to throw the ball well, even as a little boy,” Regan’s father, Mike, said. “It’s really good as a parent to watch your kid excel at something they like to do.”
Mike has coached football for 25 years and remembers when his son was too young to play but would throw the ball on the sidelines while dad coached, and Mike’s colleagues would comment on his son’s skill.
Mike said that during their visit to USC, it was exciting to see the Trojan’s associate head coach and former quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, Marques Tuiasosopo, high five, chest bump, and give encouraging words to his son.
“The thing about Conor is he practices hard,” Mike said. “He always works to get himself better and fine-tune things.”