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➤ 2017 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Season: Appeared in five games with two starts...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2) on special teams...Made his first career start vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 23 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017...Joins Ryan Buchholz and Shareef Miller as first-time starters in 2017.
Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Appeared on both special teams and offense. Pittsburgh (9/9): Appeared on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career start at left guard...Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including Trace McSorley's sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, the third-longest active streak in the FBS and just the fifth streak of 10-or-more games in Big Ten history. at Iowa (9/23): Helped Penn State to a season-high 579 yards of total offense on a school-record 99 offensive plays...Paved the way for Saquon Barkley's career-high 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards, which helped Barkley to a school-record 358 all-purpose yards...Blocked for Trace McSorley's 284-yard passing effort. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect Trace McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game...Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State's career receptions record.
➤ 2016 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Three-year letterman for head coach Erik Rosenmeier at Cranford High School...Team captain as a senior...Helped lead the Cougars to the Mid-State 38 Conference Championship in 2014 and North 2 Group 3 State Championship in 2015...Played on both the offensive and defensive lines...Selected to the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout...Ranked No. 17 at offensive guard and No. 9 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals...Ranked as the No. 38 offensive tackle, No. 11 prospect in state and No. 52 in region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 41 offensive tackle and No. 11 in New Jersey by 247Sports...Ranked No. 47 at offensive guard overall, seventh in the East and second in New Jersey by Scout...Also a four-year letterman for the track and field team in the shot put and discus and a one-year letterman in basketball...Academic Honor Roll all four years.
Full name is William Connor Fries...Son of Harold and Maureen Fries...Has two sisters, Mallory and Kristen, and a brother, Matthew...Hobbies include fishing and working out...Plans on majoring in finance...Born April 4, 1998 in Staten Island, New York.