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Brandon Kennedy
Brandon  Kennedy
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Terrell, TX

High School:
Terrell HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 312

Position:
Defensive Tackle


Career
Inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 ... One of the most dominant interior lineman to play for North Texas, Kennedy was the 2002 and 2003 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. In 2002 Kennedy was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was three-time first-team all-conference player from 2001-03. Kennedy turned in one of the most dominating seasons in recent history in 2002 when he finished No. 3 in the nation with 24 tackles for a loss. He was named Third Team All-American by the College Football News that year.  He left as the school's all-time leader in tackles for a loss with 61 for his career. Kennedy is one of only four players in school history to be a four-time all-conference player.

2003
Had 20 tackles for a loss

2002

Started all 13 games and was named Sun Belt Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year... Earned unanimous first team all-conference honors... Named third team All-American by College Football News... Finished No. 3 in the nation with 24 tackles for losses, more than twice the total of his next closest teammate... Those 24 were also 10 more than his closest competition in the Sun Belt... Facing double and triple team blocking all season, Kennedy finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 76, but led the Mean Green and the Sun Belt Conference with 10 quarterback sacks... His three forced fumbles also shared team-high honors... His 76 tackles were more than the 71 he made in his first two seasons combined.. He averaged nearly three tackles for losses against Sun Belt Conference competition... He led all Sun Belt defensive linemen in tackles... Had a season-high 10 tackles against New Mexico State... Made huge play against Middle Tennessee, sacking quarterback Andrico Hines while forcing and recovering a fumble to thwart a comeback attempt late in the fourth quarter... Was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week three times... Honored by Mean Green coaching staff as the team MVP and outstanding defensive lineman.

2001
Started all 12 games and faced double and triple team protection much of the season... Earned unanimous first team all-conference honors and was presented the Joe Greene Award by the Mean Green coaching staff as the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player... Finished eighth on the team with 38 total tackles... Finished third on the team with six tackles for a loss... Recorded a season-high seven tackles against Louisiana Monroe, including three tackles for a loss of 13 yards... He tallied a season-high five solo tackles and totalled seven tackles against TCU....Recorded at least one tackle in every game except for the Louisiana Lafayette game....Registered seven tackles on two occasions.... Kennedy anchored the defensive line on a defense that allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season... He also has two fumble recoveries last season and one sack.

2000
Burst on to the scene and earned second team all-Big West Conference honors. He had 33 total tackles, 22 of those solo, including a team-leading 10 for loss, one quarterback sack and nine quarterback hurries. His nine quarterback pressures were the second highest on the team. He also forced two fumbles, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble. He had at least one tackle in all 11 games and started his career with a bang, collecting four total tackles, two for a loss and a quarterback sack. He finished the season on a solid note, recording five tackles, including two for loss and a fumble recovery in a 30-27 win over New Mexico State. He also had five tackles against Utah State with two of those for loss. Kennedy started the final six games of the season, registering 24 of his 33 tackles during that stretch. He had four tackles and broke up a pass in North Texas’s 13-0 shutout victory over UL Lafayette.

High School
Brandon was The Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Year and a first team all-state pick by the Associated Press. He was a first team all-district 16-4A pick the for three straight years and was listed as a state top 100 recruit by the Dallas Morning News. Last fall he had 123 total tackles including 25 for losses, 21 quarterback sacks and caused eight fumbles. He had 17 tackles including three for loss against Greenville, and 14 tackles, 4 sacks vs. Wilmer-Hutchins. As a junior he had 96 tackles, including 18 for loss helping the Tigers to a 7-4 record and a spot in the Class 4A Division II playoffs. His two older brothers both play college football – Kenoy (a four-year starter at Arkansas) and Rodrick (Austin College). He was coached by Tom Ed Gooden. His nickname is “Booger.” Brandon is the son of Roger and Judy Jones and was born October 20, 1981 in Dallas. He is majoring in Education.

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