QUESTION: Kenny, can you give us some background from your high school career to where you are now?
ANSWER: Out of high school I actually had surgery on my ankle. I took a year off. I was actually at (Los Angeles) Harbor when I grayshirted. I transferred to Long Beach City two years ago, I played a year with them. I had a good year. It was kind of like we were turning the program around. We went from 0-10 to 4-6 and then... we went 9-2 this past year. We had a really good season. A lot of good guys around me and the coaching staff got settled. I had a good season and had a few offers and decided that San Jose was the best fit for me.
You also had an injury to your non-throwing arm? Are you fully recovered now?
I broke my left arm and separated my AC joint in the middle of this season. I missed two games and then came back. We played three games with me back and we ended up winning a bowl game. It's pretty much all healed up. I just started lifting as of (two weeks ago) so I'm all healthy, I'm 100 percent now.
Describe your game to us, what do you like to do on the field at quarterback?
I like to be a guy who can manage the offense with my smarts, but also be able make plays on my feet and when stuff breaks down I'm going to be able to make a play on my feet and move the chains if that's what needs to be done. I feel I can make the people around me better and I'm accurate with the football.
How did you're recruitment with San Jose State develop?
They actually came down to the school maybe (five) weeks ago. Coach Caragher and coach Dougherty, the offensive coordinator, they came down and visited with me. We watched some film, I showed them some film of myself, kind of critiqued myself throughout a whole game. Watched some game film and got to talk to them and talk football. They liked what they saw and I liked what I saw in them and it kind of just clicked from there.
Then both coaches came down to my house and met with my dad and they offered me. It was kind of cool the way they took time out of their recruiting and came to my house and they put a lot of time into me. I felt like they were invested in me and I want to go to a place where I feel comfortable with the coaches. And on my trip I felt really comfortable - the people who set up the recruiting trips... every single coach I felt like I clicked right away, all the players were really welcoming and it was a really good trip from my start. That's how I made my decision.
What other offers did you have?
Were you hearing from any other schools?
I was hearing from Indiana, Syracuse and Oregon State a little bit. Nothing too serious, no offers obviously. I still feel that San Jose State would have been the best place for me. I just feel like it was all meant to be and the coaching staff has been real comfortable.
What did you get to do on your visit?
They took us on a tour of the school, the campus, then went on the field and got to meet with coach Dougherty and go over some game film with them just to show what they were all about even though I already knew. Kind of just hung out and got to know people and got to know the area and got used to the city a little bit and the bay area - it was really nice.
Your teammate Josiah Blandin, a three-star wide receiver, also went on the visit with you. What would it be like to be teammates with him again as Spartans?
It would be awesome. I'm not going to force him into anything. Of course I'm going to want to bring him along and of course I would love to have him because we've built chemistry the last two years at Long Beach City. But ultimately it's up to him and I'm not going to be the one to change his mind in any way but he knows if it's up to me my choice would be for him to come play with me.
He doesn't get to sign until February. All his options are still in the air so we'll see how that goes.
There was instability at the quarterback position for the Spartans this year. What did the coaches tell you about coming in early and possibly winning the job?
They let me know that there's no job that is for sure for me. It's going to be me coming in and competing which is all I can really ask for. I know they have Joe Gray coming back and he's a very talented quarterback.
He's actually from Dorsey which is from the city section where I was in high school. I played against him - he probably doesn't know this, but I played against him my sophomore year - I played safety at the time and he was the quarterback for Dorsey. He's a good player and I look forward to competing with him as well as the other quarterbacks that are there.
How does San Jose State's offense mesh with what you were doing in junior college?
That's another big reason that was part of my decision - the offense fit me. I feel that that was the offense that fit me the best out of the offers that I had as well as the coaching staff wanting me to be a part of the program. The offense fits me great. It's a spread and they run a little West Coast as well.
What's your plan from now until you arrive on campus?
Just keep working out. I took about a week off after season to rest myself. I've got to get back to work now. I'm going to be going up there mid-January. We start spring ball in February. So just keep working out, keep doing the things I do as far as what I did in the offseason and just focus on getting ready, getting ready to leave and spending time with the family.
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