Junior quarterback Dean Kennedy led the UR football team (1-0) to their first victory of the year against Theil College on Saturdaay, Sept. 8. Kennedy was 11-17 with 151 passing yards, along with two touchdowns. In addition, he ran 15 times, totaling 72 yards, all of which helped the Yellowjackets to their 17-7 win on Saturday. A native of Scituate, Mass., Kennedy was a three-sport varsity athlete, earning All-Conference Honors in football and basketball. Kennedy also plays varsity basketball for UR.
What’s your major?
Public health, but I am still undecided.
When did you start playing football?
The first time I played was in second grade and I have continued since then. Where I am from we don’t have Pop Warner, but we have a town team that traveled to other towns near us to compete. Then I went to prep school and eventually here to UR.
Who got you involved in football?
My friends. All my best friends when I was younger played football, so I wanted to play. Also, I watched a lot of football so that also led to my interest.
Why did you choose football over other sports?
I guess football is the best sport to play because you always get to touch the ball. You have control over every play.
What was your favorite highlight from Saturday’s game?
Besides me dropping a wide-open pass from [junior wide receiver] Garrett Kesel, throwing the touchdown pass to Kesel. It was a very good play by [Kesel].
How do you feel when you are playing?
Very excited. No matter if we are down or up, or whatever the case may be. It’s just a fun sport to play.
As a football player, who do you look up to?
My high school coach, Coach Poyer. He got me to where I am today.
What’s the best advice a coach has ever given you?
No matter what, whether you are up or down, whatever it takes, just get it done. However you do it, whatever you do, whatever the case may be.
Do you have any superstitions or pregame rituals?
I always put on my right cleat and sock first.
At this point in time, what are your post-college goals?
I honestly have no clue. I want to do something involving sports medicine or something in that field.
Davis is a member of the class of 2016.