April 4, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Former Western Carolina Catamount football player, Conner Orr, was honored at the 29th Annual Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet in Atlanta, Ga., presented by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and held at the Cobb Energy Centre. Orr was among 12 athletes honored at the annual banquet which was held back on March 26.
The "Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet" is designed to honor athletes that hold the same values as Scouting and to benefit the programs of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The event recognizes outstanding role models for youth among resident amateur athletes, or those attending a Georgia state college or university. Honorees are selected based upon their character, exceptional academic and athletic achievements and commitments to community service.
Orr was a model student-athlete who battled through physical adversity during his playing career at Western Carolina. The Duluth, Ga., native played in 18 games with six career starts despite a back injury that sidelined him following his freshman season.
Primarily used as a blocking fullback from his tight end position his rookie season, Orr missed two years due to the injury and the subsequent surgery and rehabilitation. He remained a part of the Catamount football team, though, working with the team film crew. He returned to the field in the 2012 season, starting the season opener against Mars Hill. The following week, he hauled in his first collegiate pass against Marshall, rumbling 36 yards down the middle of the field in keying a Catamount scoring drive.
On Sept. 22, 2012, Orr caught his first collegiate touchdown pass, corralling a pitch from quarterback Eddie Sullivan on a 14-yard scoring strike. All told, the Duluth, Ga., native finished with six catches for 90 yards, tops among the WCU tight ends.
On the University's Dean's List each semester while majoring in accounting, Orr was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III team in along with two teammates in classmate Rock Williams and junior punter Clark Sechrest back in January. He and Williams were also listed on the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Orr was a member of WCU's Honor's College and was additionally heavily involved with Beta Gamma Sigma national business honor fraternity and the President of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors accounting fraternity. He also garnered SoCon Fall Academic All-Conference accolades following the season, maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average through all four years at WCU.
Off the field, Orr showed an equal amount of hard work and dedication. During the summer of 2010, he took a mission trip to South Africa to help underprivileged children with LUO. He has also volunteered with the Atlanta Day Shelter for Homeless Women & Children during his holiday breaks from college.
With his WCU teammates this past holiday season, Orr and the Catamounts participated in the Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Christmas, collecting gifts in shoe boxes for distribution by the organization to kids in need.
Orr is currently completing an internship with Grant Thornton, LLP in Atlanta as an audit intern.