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Local product Kenney making impact for Penn State

Alex Kenney, a State College native, has emerged as a breakout wide receiver to watch this season.

Local product Kenney making impact for Penn State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- Matt McGloin’s longest pass of the game -- a 30-yard touchdown connection in the fourth quarter -- was caught by Allen Robinson, which should be no surprise.

 

Robinson, the 6-foot-3 sophomore, has emerged as McGloin’s favorite target and the Nittany Lions No. 1 receiver this season.

 

McGloin’s second longest pass? A 24-yard throw to a player to set up first and goal and the five yard line. The receiver spent most of last season as a cornerback. 

 

Alex Kenney, a State College native, has emerged as a breakout wide receiver to watch this season. In the 17-16 loss to Virginia, the redshirt sophomore posted a pair of career-long catches -- 23 and 24 yards -- in the third quarter as Penn State strung together a 13-play, 72-yard drive (which ended in a missed 20-yard field goal by Sam Ficken). 

 

Kenney’s three receptions were also a career-high as he collected 50 yards. 

 

“I try to do whatever I’m taught in practice,” said Kenney, who began practicing as a wide receiver before the TicketCity Bowl last season. “Coach Hicks is doing a great job, and if I get the ball I’m just going to try and make the play.”  

 

Speed is one of Kenney’s best quality, and look out for him as a candidate to possibly return punts later this season. The 6-foot, 192-pound local product competed for Penn State’s track and field team in the offseason. He posted a team-best :06.96 at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.

 

For now, though, he’s just focused on grasping the new position. So far, he seems to be doing a pretty good job.

 

-Emily Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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