Wide receiver Trevor Kennedy of Firestone High School and Mercyhurst University will fly to Tampa Thursday for a rookie minicamp tryout with the Buccaneers this weekend.
Kennedy set school single-season records with 88 receptions for 1,389 yards, 15 receiving touchdowns and 2,232 all-purpose yards in 2011 and was named a Division II All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. He had four catches for scores (of 3, 9, 58 and 61 yards) in a Sept. 10 game against Kutztown, when he also had a punt return for a TD called back.
But Kennedy, 5-foot-11¼ and 200 pounds, was unable to reach his goal of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, which kept him from being selected in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft that concluded Saturday. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com rated 350 receivers in this year’s draft class and had Kennedy 97th.
Kennedy said it has been an agonizing few days, but he was thrilled by the opportunity with the Buccaneers.
“It’s a good spot,” he said. “I’ve never been farther south than the Carolinas or west of Indiana, so I’ll be out of my comfort zone. But I’m so excited.”
Kennedy recently switched to a receiver-specific workout used by the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and the University of Nebraska that includes drills at 50- and 100-yard increments.
“If he ran right now, he’d run 4.5,” said his agent, Arthur Gamble Jr. “He’ll show he’s a better player, he’s got the numbers, he’s got everything. The doubts they have are if what he did in college will translate to the NFL.”
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