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Published April 02, 2014, 09:47 PM

Beyond The Game: Connor McGovern

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You'd be hard pressed to find any high school football player from the region that went onto play in the SEC.

By: Tim Frie, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You'd be hard pressed to find any high school football player from the region that went onto play in the SEC.

Connor McGovern was a standout offensive lineman at Fargo Shanley, when he signed with the Missouri Tigers, not knowing what to expect when he arrived in 2011.

And as our Tim Frie explains in tonight's Beyond The Game feature, McGovern is doing just fine.

Connor McGovern is no stranger to playing in big football games.

He helped Shanley win back to back state championships his last two years of high school.

The competition he faced at home pales in comparison to what he goes up against for where he is now, playing for Missouri, in the South Eastern Conference.

Arguably the highest level in all of college football

"The size of the players and the completion are a whole lot different. You go from playing defensive linemen who are no heavier than 250, I played a kid from Tennessee who was like 350, 375 and he was 6'8. It's crazy how athletic those big guys are in the middle there. Every week there was a new challenge.

McGovern's path to Missouri is drastically different from the marquee athletes he competes against.

Coming from a smaller city and state than most SEC players, he did not have the luxury of having recruiters in the stands watching him play.

"They always are like, how did you end up down here? I had to explain that you have to go to camps. I had to go to nine or ten camps or however many I went before I was a senior in high school. It's just a little different because they never had to go to a camp, they just got recruited right out of high school."

Entering his junior year, McGovern will be one of three returning starters on the offensive line on a team that beat Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl last season.

He is also at a point where most college football players start setting their sights on making it to the NFL, something McGovern says he is striving for.

"The only way to get to the next level is to play. There is no secret ingredient or anything you just have to prove it on the field that you can play. I hope I can play there, it's definitely a goal I have set is to play in the NFL. If it happens it happens, if it doesn't that's why I go to college, to get a degree. "

Missouri opens it's 2014 season against NDSU Missouri Valley rival South Dakota State on August 30th.

McGovern started 14 games last season at right guard, he's been getting some reps at right tackle this spring.