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Juco transfer: Receiver Cameron Kenney a nice catch for OU

By Jake Trotter Modified: May 11, 2009 at 11:58 am •  Published: May 11, 2009

/> As a wide receiver, Kenney was a two-time, first-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection in 2007 and 2008.

For his role as a kicker, punter and return specialist, Kenney was also named the conference special teams player of the year in 2007.

He was rated the No. 3 JUCO receiver prospect in the 2009 class and appeared destined to return home for his final two years of college.

While home in Atlanta during Christmas break, Kenney told Georgia coach Mark Richt that he was going to go to Georgia.

But when his plane touched down in Kansas, Kenney had a message waiting on his cell phone.

"It was Oklahoma,” he said. "They’re nationally ranked every year. It really got my attention.”

Catching passes from quarterback Sam Bradford also got Kenney’s attention, especially after Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford declared for the NFL Draft.

On his visit to Norman, Kenney hit it off with the Heisman Trophy winner.

"As a player, it speaks for itself,” Kenney said of Bradford. "As a person, you can tell he’s a regular guy like anyone else playing.”

So Kenney bucked the Bulldogs, and signed with the Sooners.

This season, Kenney will be counted on to supply an instant impact at wide receiver, where OU is replacing the steady production of longtime starters Juaquin Iglesias and Manny Johnson. He also wants the opportunity to compete for the starting punting and place-kicking jobs, where the Sooners appear to be unsettled heading into the fall. And Kenney may get the chance to show what he can do as a returner.

"The main reason I chose Oklahoma is I feel like I can come and fit in,” Kenney said. "Maybe not as a superstar.

"But maybe as someone who can help this team win.”


Cameron Kenney
Position: Wide receiver

→Alternate position: Punter/kicker

→Height: 6-2

→Weight: 195

→Jersey number: 6

→Junior college: Garden City (Kan.)

→High school: Dacula (Ga.)

Was rated the No. 3 junior-college wide receiver by Rivals.com

Caught 40 passes for 580 yards and five TDs last season

Made 8 of 9 field goals, with a long of 52 yards

Averaged 47 yards per punt

First-team All-Jayhawk Conference 2008, 2007

Jayhawk Conference special teams player of the year 2007

Played only one year of varsity football in high school

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