Take away passing game, and Feckley finds other ways to win

September 16, 2017

Conor Feckley football

Conor Feckley

Even though he finished third in the country last season with 37 touchdown passes, Conor Feckley of Anchorage isn’t solely a pocket passer.

The Dubuque University senior ran in a pair of scores in a 27-24 win over Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

“I have been able to step up in the pocket and sneak out to pick up some yards,” he told me. “But I usually am always looking to pass first.”

Feckley, of West High fame, used his legs to offset a slow passing day when he completed just 6-of-12 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

He rushed for 29 yards, including touchdowns runs of 1 and 3 yards in the first half.

“I think defenses are respecting our passing game and we’ve been able to run the ball well, so that’s been awesome,” Feckley said. “We’ll have to see how defenses will change things up to try and slow down our run game without giving up opportunities in the passing game.”

His only touchdown pass went for 50 yards. He has eight TDs in the first three games – six passing, two rushing.

Last year, he had eight touchdowns in the first game.

His passing stats might be down, but Dubuque is 3-0. And that’s all that matters.

“My favorite stat is a ‘W’ so as long as I’m doing my part to help the team win, that’s the most important stat,” Feckley said. “I’m confident we’ll continue to get better and get back to chucking the ball around more.”