Kennedy's Versatility Deserves Recognition

Kennedy's Versatility Deserves Recognition

Talented high school prospects playing for 1A schools often get overlooked because of the "lack of competition" they contend against on a weekly basis. What most avid fans frequently discount is the fact that some of the most versatile athletes tend to come from smaller programs.Malcome Kennedy exemplifies the type of versatility that deserves recognition.

Talented high school prospects playing for 1A schools often get overlooked because of the "lack of competition" they contend against on a weekly basis. What most avid fans frequently discount is the fact that some of the most versatile athletes tend to come from smaller programs. The reason being, these kids are multifaceted athletes that often play various sports and several different positions for their respected team. Malcome Kennedy exemplifies the type of versatility that deserves recognition. The Cayuga athlete plays football, basketball, and runs track for the Wildcats.

"People don't expect too much from me because I am from 1A. I think about it all the time. Just being from a 1A school a lot of people are like, ‘Yea you are from 1A, you don't play anybody'. A lot of people don't understand that I play the whole game, all 48 minutes, both sides of the ball, and all of the skilled positions. I also play basketball and run track in the off-season. You have to be an athlete to do all of those things. I feel like I have a lot to prove and people underestimate me. That is the best thing about me, people don't know about me. When I get to A&M they will."

For the second year in row Kennedy has lead his team to the 1A state championship game. The 6-1, 197 pound athlete wants to redeem himself after the heartbreaking loss in last year's state title game against Stratford.

"Im excited about going to the state game two years consecutively and blessed to have another opportunity to win a state title. This is my senior year and we got to put everything on the line. Last year I didn't think we played that well. This year we have the experience needed to perform well."

Kennedy is listed as an athlete and that title couldn't be more accurate. During his tenure at Cayuga, Malcome has played quarterback, receiver, runningback, punter, kicker, strong safety, and linebacker.

"It's been fun playing all of those positions. It's helped me grow as an athlete. I can go basically anywhere in the A&M offense. Wherever they put me I am good with. I would rather play offense, but I wouldn't mind playing defense if it gets me on the field earlier."

Malcome is slated to play wide receiver when he arrives in Aggieland, but playing quarterback has helped him acquire skills he feels will help him become a better receiver and more versatile football player.

"Playing quarterback has improved my speed and reaction time on the field. Me and Traylon [Shead] run a lot, so it has helped me with my acceleration and ball security."

Although Malcome has not had the opportunity to take his official visit to A&M, his relationship with his area recruiter, Randy Jordan, is well intact and Jordan has given him the confidence he needs going into the title game against Albany on Saturday.

"I always talk to Coach Jordan and he gave me advice about how to handle the state championship game. Coach told me to keep my eyes on the big prize, be a leader, and told me some motivational stuff about being the quarterback. We also talked about what I need to do to become a better receiver and how I would fit into the offense. He told me they are not looking to red-shirt anybody. They want people to come in and make a change when they get there. I want to keep that mindset so I come in and help the Aggies win a championship."

"Coach Jordan said I could take my official visit sometime in the spring when I am not playing basketball. I need to start working on my routes again because I haven't been able to with me playing quarterback all year. I feel like I have gotten faster from last year. I was clocked last week in the 40 with a 4.55."

Kennedy shares a special bond with his current teammate and future rival, Traylon Shead. They were both recruited by A&M but in the end they decided to go their separate ways. Neither of them let the ensuing rivalry get in the way of their goals.

"It's funny because people ask us all the time about the rivalry between A&M and Texas. We never talk about that kind of stuff. He is one of my best friends and I wish him the best at Texas. We are just trying to keep focused on winning a state title."

The improvement Texas A&M has shown in 2009 did not go unnoticed by Kennedy.

"I seen them play last year live against Texas Tech and I saw they were capable of a lot. Their offense has really turned around and with them being so young; you can only be excited about this team's future. The recruiting has gotten better, the coaching has gotten better, and they put up a good fight against Texas. I'm excited because when my class gets in there we are only going to get better."

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