Former Lawton Standout Playing For Title

Marcus Kennard had just moved to Lawton, Okla., from Colorado, where he created attention with 20 receptions for 581 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Lawton High School. An English credit was not fully counted by the NCAA Clearinghouse and thus Kennard ended up at Butler (Kan.) County Community College.

Kennard has been a two-time All-Jayhawk Conference performer for Butler County and has helped them back into the NJCAA National Championship Game with the Grizzlies meeting Navarro Junior College in the Citizen's Bank Bowl in Pittsburg, Kan., on Sunday.

"Yes sir, it is championship week and I feel we are doing pretty good," said the soft-spoken Kennard. "It is the samo, samo in practice."

Kennard has 43 receptions for 876 yards this season and 13 touchdowns. He is averaging 20.4 yards per reception.

The 6-4, 195-pounder has 4.5 speed and has drawn attention from the likes of Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Arkansas. There are surely others but Kennard said he is not discussing it until after Sunday.

"Yes, my coach asked me not to talk about it (recruiting) because of what we have going on here and I'm going to honor that," said Kennard of a request from head coach Troy Morrell.

Asked if he could even list names of schools, Kennard said he was going to "leave it alone for now." He did say he would discuss it after Sunday.

Among his performances this season was a monster game in the Jayhawk Conference championship game as he had 11 catches for 204 yards and a touchdown against Hutchinson. He also had five recpetions for 127 yards and three touchdowns against Fort Scott. and three receptions for 158 yards and two TDs, including an 81-yard touchdown, in a win over Highland.

Kennard is a big-play reciever that should come up with some big plays for Butler again on Sunday in the championship.

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