Dubin finds it hard to say no to whatever he’s asked to do, not to mention all he takes upon himself unsolicited.
But arguably the most crucial role he will fill this year is leading a team in transition — he’s one of a handful of seniors who must show the way for a team composed largely of juniors looking to make their mark.
“It’s his team,” third-year Prep Coach Perry Skaggs says. “He leads through example. Occasionally he has to bark a little bit, but most of the kids see Conor working and see what he does play after play after play and they’re just trying to match that intensity.
“Guys are trying to get to Conor’s level.”
Since spring practices started, Dubin has made it his mission to ensure the younger players are on board and in line with offseason weight training programs and passing league schedules.
He was even the point man for Skaggs getting information out about frequent and unpredictable changes to the practice schedule during the worst of the wildfires above the school over the past weeks.
“As early as the first practice we kind of knew he was going to be our leader and he’s really stepped up,” junior quarterback Kyle McDonald says.
Inspiring unity and motivation is a role that Dubin values and has flourished in since taking the mantle of leadership from his former senior teammates of a year ago.
“In the three years I’ve played on varsity, this is the most excited, as a team, we’ve been,” Dubin says. “There’s sophomores that are mixing it up with the seniors and it’s great.