A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday
FB PRACTICE-DAY 1 Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Before UMass: Was a four-year member of the Penn State football team from 2010-13 after graduating from State College Area High School in State College, Pa. ... Made 20 appearances for the Nittany Lions in a variety of roles, including wide receiver, defensive back, kick return and special teams ... Played in seven games with three catches for 25 yards in 2013 as a redshirt junior ... Appeared in 11 games and earned his first career start against Ohio State as a redshirt sophomore in 2012 ... Was sixth on the team with 17 receptions for 172 yards and averaged 17.8 yards on four kickoff returns during 2012 ... Spent the majority of the season at cornerback, but returned to wide receiver during preparations for the TicketCity Bowl with Houston as a redshirt freshman in 2011 ... Was also a sprinter on the Penn State indoor track and field team ... Redshirted his true-freshman year in 2010 ... Was a nine-time all-state football and track honoree at State College Area High School ... Played for Coach Al Wolski and was selected PA Football News Class AAAA all-state his final three years ... Was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com and was selected the Old Spice Red Zone Pennsylvania Player of the Year and a SuperPrep All-American ... As a senior, ran for 1,175 yards, had 475 receiving yards and totaled 29 touchdowns, while also making 12 interceptions (returning three for scores) ... A 2010 Big 33 Classic selection who scored 56 career touchdowns ... The 2008 U.S. Army All-American nominee gained more than 1,400 all-purpose yards, averaging 13 yards per carry, and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior ... Compiled more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 11 times as a sophomore ... Was a 14-time Pennsylvania state track medalist, finishing second in the 100 meters (10.63 seconds) and third in the 200 (21.42) at the 2010 State Championships.
Personal: Full name is Alex James Kenney ... Son of Larry and Patti Kenney ... Has two siblings, Matthew and Lauren ... Matthew was a three-year football letterman at Cornell and Lauren played high school soccer and was the 2011 state gold medalist in the javelin ... Lauren won the javelin title at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year while competing for Penn State ... Lauren also placed fifth in the javelin at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships after taking fourth place in 2012.
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