BIO: Three-year starter who has won varying degrees of All-Conference honors as well as being the team.s captain since his sophomore campaign. Led the squad in tackles last season posting 112/5/1. Totaled 147/7/1 as a junior after career numbers of 148/11/6 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Athletic defender with solid size/speed numbers. Quick filling gaps up the field, fast moving laterally and strings plays out to the flanks. Quick diagnosing the action, takes good angles to the play and effective in run defense. Remains disciplined in pass coverage and always willing to throw his pad into the action. Effective in pursuit.
NEGATIVES: Short and engulfed at the point or slow shedding blocks once engaged. Best up in the box and rarely makes plays in reverse.
ANALYSIS: At face value, Kinney looks to have the abilities and intangibles to develop into a solid weak-side linebacker at the next level. Yet the inability to disengage from blocks as well as make plays in reverse leads one to believe he's better on the inside for a 34 defense where he can cleanly flow to the ballcarrier. Should add depth at the next level and be productive on special teams.