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Penn State Football: State College Native Alex Kenney To Join Track Team

by on November 20, 2013 5:00 PM

State College native and Penn State receiver Alex Kenney will forgo his final season of eligibility with the football team and pursue another passion. Kenney will  join Penn State's track and field squad following the conclusion of the football season officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Kenney, is currently on schedule for early graduation following which he plans to begin graduate classes. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien noted at his Tuesday press conference that Kenney would be honored this weekend as part of the team's senior day ceremonies.

While a member of the football team Kenney saw limited action but pulled down 20 receptions for 197 yards in his career.

"He's shown up to practice every week, he's played hard, practiced hard and done everything we've asked him to do," O'Brien said on Tuesday. "He's a great kid. Just a really good kid in our program and a local guy. It hasn't probably worked out for him on the field as much as he would have liked it to. But he's done everything we've asked him to do. Can't say enough good things about Alex."

While in high school Kenney, was a 14-time Pennsylvania state track medalist, finishing second in the 100 meters (:10.63) and third in the 200 (:21.42) at the 2010 State Championships. He also set a state indoor record in the 60 meters (:6.80) in 2010. Kenney left State College Area High School having set seven school track and field records.

Kenney will join his sister Lauren, who won the javelin title at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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