Bakersfield College CB Kenny Graham

Four hundred years ago, British poet John Donne wrote, "No man is an island." Apparently he never met cornerback Kenny Graham, who thrives on the pressure and isolation that comes with playing corner.

Graham had a stellar senior season at West Bakersfield High School and received letters of interest from several major universities including Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon St., Washington and Washington St. His game was ready for Division 1, but, unfortunately, his SAT scores weren't. Enter Bakersfield College.

"Kenny worked very hard this spring developing his physical skills. His vertical jump is the highest we have had for a cornerback at Bakersfield College. Now it is time for him to get it done mentally. we expect great things from Kenny Graham this fall," commented BC head coach Jeff Chudy.

"I'm putting a lot of emphasis in the classroom as well as on the football field, and it's really paying off. My GPA is up to 3.1," Graham said.

Graham, who measures 6-0, 190 pounds, is a speed burner. At a recent combine he ran a 4.61 in the 40 and made the All-Combine Team, but the field was new extremely spongy. "My time on a (better) surface is 4.39," he said. Graham's vertical at the combine was over 39-inches, plus he ran a 4.09 short shuttle and put up 15 reps of 185.

Scheduled to graduate at the end of the season, Graham will have 3 years of eligibility to play 2. He's recently been contacted by Louisville, Auburn and Florida, but first things first. "Right now, I'm not thinking much beyond this year. I can't wait for the season to start."

An articulate communications major with an interest in broadcasting, Graham has surprisingly little to say about his on-field attitude. "I'm going to win. That's it. Every play, I truly believe I'm going to win."

Graham is a devout Christian, and he has a positive attitude about his faith, football and life. When not on the field or in the classroom, he enjoys playing dominos, video games, and hanging out with friends. His NFL inspirations are Champ Bailey and Deion Sanders, and his hometown hero is his brother, Mark, who attends all his games.

Although he doesn't get to do it as often as he would like, Graham's favorite defensive play call is the corner blitz. "I love to blitz, but the key is not to give it away. I have it in my head, but I don't show it on my face."

After playing in 10 games last year, Graham anticipates a big sophomore season. "As a cornerback, everyone gets beat occasionally. But you can't let the last play affect the next play. You have to have a short memory."

By necessity, he may have a short memory on the gridiron, but if he stays healthy and has the type of year he's capable of, a lot of people will be remembering the name of Kenny Graham.


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