He had surgery on the knee in April '98 and again last April, but only three weeks before two-a-days began in August, the knee was still sore and swollen. Kendra spent several sleepless nights stewing over the possibility that he wouldn't be ready to play. But on July 28, he says, he was born again while watching a TV program called Signs from God, in which a woman spoke about the power of salvation. After that, he says, his attitude changed and his anger disappeared.
Although the knee began to feel better, Kendra missed half of Florida State's preseason practices and all of its scrimmages because of unrelated nagging injuries, such as the shoulder and neck stingers he incurred because he tried to run over defenders on every play. On Saturday, Kendra entered the game to a rousing ovation with 14:06 remaining in the second quarter, and after that he rotated with junior starter William McCray.
Given what he has been through, Kendra is content to be a role player. "I'm not in the limelight like I once was, but I'm O.K with that," he says. "I've spent a lot of time, energy and pain getting to this point, and I can honestly say I'm happy where I am."
Wolf pack Block Party
Hey, Coach, Put Me In
If not for his persistence, North Carolina State redshirt freshman Terrence Holt might never have been on the field to block two fourth-quarter punts that the Wolfpack returned for touchdowns in a 23-20 upset of Texas. "One of our linebackers, Corey Lyons, was winded," Holt said after the game. "I told [special teams] Coach [Joe] Pate, 'Put me in.... I'm going to get one.' I practiced blocking kicks all last year on the scout team. I dreamed about doing it in a game, and now, to get two, it's so unreal."