Pittsburg High School graduate C.J. Fondren can sum up his experience since graduating very simply.

Pittsburg High School graduate C.J. Fondren can sum up his experience since graduating very simply.
“It’s been an adventure,” Fondren said.
Fondren signed with Fort Scott Community College to play wide receiver out of high school and started out not knowing what kind of experience he would have.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” the 6-foot-4 Fondren said.
Early into his first season with the Greyhounds, the FSCC coaching staff told Fondren that he needed to go out and battle for what he wanted.
He took that to heart as he pulled down a pair of touchdown catches in the Greyhounds’ Heart of Texas Bowl win over Blinn College last season. That has led to a somewhat easier sophomore season for Fondren, who helps lead the No. 15-ranked Greyhounds in what could be a promising season.
“Now, I know more of what to expect,” Fondren said. “It’s really helped me in life and in everything.”
During the 2008 season, Fondren had three touchdowns and had 328 yards of receiving.
Not the best numbers but, not disappointing to Fondren.
“I was glad with what I had,” Fondren said. “I would’ve liked more and I am hoping for more this season.”
To throw in another potential wrench into his season, Fondren will have to help break in a new quarterback.
One potential is his new roommate, Boston College transfer Dominique Davis.
But, Fondren said that the duo have started off with a chemistry that he feels will help both of them down the road.
“When we go 1-on-1, I pair with him so that we can get our timing down together,” Fondren said.
While Fondren is a big target on the field with his height, Davis said that he has not found a favorite receiver.
“I have three or four really good receivers and they are all my favorite target right now,” Davis said.
After their finish last year and their preseason ranking this year, Fondren said that the expectations of himself, as well as the team, is high.
“They are a lot higher this year because we know what we can do,” Fondren said.
However, he said that he knows that the Greyhounds will have a target on their backs after their 9-2 posting last year.
That means that Fondren will have to step up his game in 2009.
“Our conference (KJCCC) is probably the hardest in the nation,” Fondren said. “As a team, we like being the underdog.”
By that, he means that the Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the conference this season.
Maybe being overlooked by the rest of the conference could prove to be the best thing that happens to Fondren and FSCC this season. “This is how is was last year,” Fondren said. “We work and play harder when we are the underdogs.”
Fort Scott will open up the 2009 season at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 when they host Kilgore (Texas) College at Frary Field in Fort Scott.

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