High School: A three-sport standout in football, basketball and lacrosse ... Played four years of varsity football at Cranbrook, playing wide receiver, safety, punter and kicker ... Captained both the football and basketball teams as a senior ... Earned Associated Press Class B All-State Special Mention as a punter, Eccentric All-Area First Team as a kicker/punter and second team at wide receiver ... Also named all-county and all-conference at both positions.
Personal: Born on August 31, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah ... The son of Dr. John and Mary O'Connell ... Has four older sisters: Jessica, who attended Oregon, Moira and Claire, who went to Boston College, and Sheila, who is enrolled at Georgetown ... Heavily involved in community service activities, he founded Discover Your Community, a student club that traveled once a month to visit a place or location of educational value in the greater Detroit metropolitan area to provide a better understanding of the city ... Also co-founded Avadeo Clothing Company, which targets clothes for the teenage and adult males.