Solid all-around player ... Team's starting fullback ... Also plays extensively on special teams ... Named the "best blocking back" in the SEC in the Birmingham News 2009 preseason edition ... Teammates call him "The Terminator" ... "John Conner is one of the best fullbacks in the nation," tailback Alfonso Smith says. "I feel very comfortable running behind him, like I'm not going to be touched." ... A capable running threat and a reliable pass catcher ... Scored the first time he touched the ball in college, hauling in a 17-yard pass for a touchdown against Texas State in 2006 ... Has seen action in 42 games, starting 15.
2008 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, starting 11 when UK opened with a fullback in the lineup ... Set career highs with seven rushes for 26 yards vs. Georgia ... Also set career bests with three catches for 32 yards vs. Western Kentucky ... Made a key play in the victory in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... He appeared to be stopped behind the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-one play, but a determined second and third effort got the necessary yard, eventually leading to a Kentucky field goal.
2007 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, featuring four starts ... Touched the ball 13 times, four of them going for touchdowns ... Scored his first two career rushing touchdowns on five- and 16-yard plays against Kent State ... Hauled in TD receptions against Louisville and Florida Atlantic ... Made two tackles in kick coverage.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman): Split time with Terrell Bankhead and Maurice Grinter at fullback ... Played in all 13 games, starting the first three ... Scored on his first collegiate touch, hauling in a 17-yard pass for a touchdown against Texas State.
2005 (Freshman): Played in the first three games on special teams before sustaining a season-ending injury ... Got a medical hardship and retained the year of eligibility.
High School: Two-year starter at Lakota West HS in Cincinnati ... Rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry, as a senior ... Helped his team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs ... Named first-team All-Greater Miami Conference and honorable-mention All-Southwest Ohio ... Team captain ... Played in the Cincinnati East-West All-Star Game ... Coached by Larry Cox ... Honor-roll student ... Member of the Greater Miami Conference leadership group and the diversity focus group ... Received recruiting attention from Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Illinois, among others, before opting to walk on with the Wildcats.
Personal: Born in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Son of John and Marion Conner ... Major is kinesiology.
Community Cats: Participated in an event at the YMCA (2007).