Lackawanna TE David Kenner (JC Top 101)

When David Kenner graduated from Philadelphia's Frankford High School, he didn't go to college right away. In fact, Kenner, an All Philadelphia Public League football star, headed for the job market. He landed a position as a glazier for a glass company.

The job only lasted a year. Former Frankford standout Omar Bey encouraged him to attend Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA. And for Kenner, the two-year school has been a great situation. In just two seasons with the Falcons, he has emerged as one of the best tight ends in junior college football.

Two weeks ago, he caught six passes for 68 yards and scored a touchdown as Lackawanna dropped a 50-23 decision to the Navy jayvees. He also snared two TD passes to help the Falcons post a 42-0 victory over host SUNY-Canton.

Kenner, a sophomore tight end, had three catches in the game for 26 yards. His TD passes covered 10 and five yards. He is Lackawanna's leading receiver with 12 catches for 141 yards and three TDs.

"I don't know how many people know I'm here," Kenner said. "I graduated from Frankford in 1999. I wanted to play Division I football. I had the SAT score. I just didn't have the G.P.A. (grade point average). So I graduated from high school and started working for a class company. I just wanted to have some money in my pocket. By my mother didn't want me hanging around the city. I enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia. After that, I talked to Omar Bey who now plays for Delaware State about coming to Lackawanna. He told me I should speak to Coach (Mark) Duda about coming here. After talking to him, I decided to go to Lackawanna."

Kenner wasn't a star right away. He played behind tight end Tim Heitzman for a chunk of his first season. He got his chance to play when Heitzman suffered a knee injury and missed six games.

"Tim was a good tight end," Kenner said. "He could block and catch. Unfortunately, he got hurt and then I got a lot of playing time. I was playing some when Tim was here. But when he got hurt I moved into the starting lineup."

Kenner, a 6-foot-4, 255-pounder, can block, run good pass routes, and catch the ball under pressure. Duda says that his star tight end runs the forty in 4.6 seconds, too. The ex-Public League standout received plenty of attention last year. He caught 18 passes for 334 yards and seven TDs. He was named to the Northeast Conference all-star team.

The Falcons compiled a 10-1 record and earned a No. 9 national ranking. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) lists Kenner as a second team preseason All-America.

"It's nice to get the recognition," Kenner said. "Lackawanna has a tremendous football team. It's about two hours from home. We play some good teams. We're ranked nationally (No. 9). This is a good place for me."

Kenner has received Division I interest from several colleges and has been offered scholarships to Kansas State and West Virginia per Duda. He won't make his decision until after the season.

"I'll pick my school during the next signing period," Kenner said. "I want to continue to do well. Plus, I want to help my team as much as possible."


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