Kinnie set to see Lincoln

The Huskers saw a couple of senior wide receivers take over some big roles in the offense and on the field for the offense this past weekend. However, there is always a need to make sure that you have players that can take their place. Nebraska is eyeing a junior college receiver at Fort Scott (Kans.) that might be one of those guys that can come in next year and play.

You have to admit, for a team to offer Brandon Kinnie with no game film and not a huge spring game is bit of a leap of faith. The 6-foot-3 and 218-pound wide receiver has the size and the speed (4.37/40) to merit some looks.

However, his first impression this past weekend against Kilgore goes a long way as well. It had been a year since Kinnie last stepped on the field for a game, after red shirting, and you can bet that he was eager to do it.

"I had a big day," Kinnie said. "It was a big day. It's been a year since I have had a chance to play a game, so I have been waiting for this. It was something.

"I had seven receptions for 148 yards and four scores. Only bad part about it was our coach turned in the roster too early and we changed numbers from #3 to #84.

"So, some articles came out that a kid from Kansas, a freshman, had all of my stats in the game on Saturday. I was like ‘Oh God'. The coaches are trying to fix it."

Beyond his individual performance, the game was a win for Fort Scott. A win that junior college prognosticators didn't see coming especially since it was in Texas.

"The game was good. We got a win. I think that there was a site that had 40 people that pick games and 36 picked Kilgore to win. It was a real big win for us, real big."

The win, the effort and the performance was a reward for Kinnie's patience. The win puts Fort Scott on the map a little bit and Kinnie can take some credit for that.

"It felt good. I haven't ever been so happy in my life. I had been so used to in high school just getting big plays and never win a lot of games. Winning sets that all apart.

"It felt really good to play well in that game and get a win, especially in Texas at Kilgore. Fort Scott hadn't ever won in Texas before this week. It was a big win."

It gets a little tough to play junior college ball and stay up on the teams recruiting you because games are on the same day. But, Kinnie did see Nebraska's box score and came away impressed.

"I saw Nate Swift had five catches for 122 yards and two scores or something like that. That really caught my eye a whole lot. I know that he and Todd Peterson are both seniors.

"I know that I can go in there and make a huge statement there early on to help out the team. I am just staying in touch with the wide receivers coach. Everything is fine."

Kinnie will be in Lincoln this coming weekend and, according to his previous comments, there is a pretty good chance that he leaves Lincoln a Husker. How good are the chances?

"I would say like 85%, maybe? I think that that percentage is about right that I end up committing this weekend. I am looking forward to the trip."

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