Devon Kennard
LB #59
Phoenix, AZ

Quick Stats (2015):



-    Originally a 5th round (174th pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2014.

-    As a rookie in 2014, Kennard played in 12 games with 6 starts at strongside linebacker…Inactive for 3 games (9/14-25) with a hamstring injury and for the season finale vs. Philadelphia (12/28) with a toe injury…Finished with 43 tackles (36 solo), 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
-    Originally a 5th round (174th pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2014.

-    As a rookie in 2014, Kennard played in 12 games with 6 starts at strongside linebacker…Inactive for 3 games (9/14-25) with a hamstring injury and for the season finale vs. Philadelphia (12/28) with a toe injury…Finished with 43 tackles (36 solo), 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
-    Kennard was selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Giants’ 36-7 victory at Tennessee (12/7), where he had 6 solo tackles, including the 2 sacks, 2 tackles for losses and a forced fumble. It was Kennard’s 2nd straight 2-sack game. Those are his first 4 career sacks.
-    Late in the 1st quarter, Kennard sacked Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger for a 6-yard loss and forced a fumble that was returned by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn 26 yards for the touchdown that gave the Giants a 17-0 lead. On the Titans’ first play after the score, Kennard’s solo tackle stopped Bishop Sankey after a 3-yard run. In the 4th quarter, Kennard sacked Mettenberger for a 9-yard loss.
-    Kennard was the 1st Giant to receive a Player of the Week award since defensive end Justin Tuck in Week 13 of the 2013 season at Washington…He was the first Giants linebacker to be honored since Mathias Kiwanuka in Week 9 in 2011 vs. New England (though he is now a defensive end, Kiwanuka was the Giants’ starting strongside linebacker in that game)…Kennard was the 1st Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. The only Giants rookies to receive the award were Jessie Armstead (special teams, 1993), Matt Bryant (special teams, 2002 – twice), Osi Umenyiora (special teams, 2003), David Wilson (special teams, 2012) and Jeremy Shockey (offense 2002).
-    Kennard had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville (11/30) and at Tennessee to become the 1st Giants player with at least 2 sacks in back-to-back games since Tuck, who had 4.0 at Washington on Dec. 1 and 2.0 at San Diego on Dec. 8, 2013. Kennard was the 1st Giants rookie to do it since Jason Pierre-Paul on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2010. Kennard and JPP are the only Giants rookies to have at least 2 sacks in back-to-back games….The last Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat had been Armstead on Oct. 3-10, 1999. Kennard was the 1st Giants rookie linebacker with at least 2 sacks in consecutive games and the first  NFL rookie linebacker to do it since San Francisco’s Aldon Smith in 2011.
-    Kennard, Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore each had 2.0 sacks on Sunday against the Titans. It was the 1st time the Giants had 3 different players with at least 2.0 sacks since Sept. 30, 2007, when Osi Umenyiora (team-record 6.0), Kiwanuka (3.0) and Tuck (2.0) did it. That night, the Giants set a franchise record with 12.0 sacks, all on beleaguered Donovan McNabb.
-    Kennard made his NFL debut at linebacker and on special teams at Detroit (9/8)…Recorded his first 4 tackles (3 solo) at Dallas (10/19) and followed with 4 tackles (3 solo) vs. Indianapolis (11/3)…Started for the 1st time and Contributed a season-high 9 tackles (7 solo) vs. San Francisco (11/16)…Had 3 solo tackles at Jacksonville…Recorded 7 solo tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble vs. Washington (12/14)…Had 4 solo stops in his final game, at St. Louis (12/21).

-    Played in 51 games with 32 starts at USC – 1 at rush end, 8 at middle linebacker, 5 at strongside defensive end and 18 at strongside outside linebacker…Finished with 195 tackles (95 solo), 13.0 sacks for minus 94 yards, 26.5 stops for losses of 118 yards and 13 quarterback pressures…Forced a fumble, recovered 2 others and deflected 8 passes and intercepted another…In 2013, Kennard started all 14 games at outside linebacker after missing the 2012 with an injury…Finished the season with 60 tackles (34 solo), including 13 for losses of 70 yards, a team-high 9 sacks for minus 64 yards, plus 4 deflections and 1 fumble recovery…Was 1 of 4 finalists for the 2013 Lott Impact Trophy…Selected to  All Pac-12 2nd team…Voted by his teammates as USC’s Most Inspirational Player, and he also won the Trojan Way Leadership Award, the Trojan Football Alumni Club Award (top GPA) and was the Co-Lifter of the Year…In 2012, Kennard was slated to start at defensive end, but he tore a chest muscle just prior to the season and had surgery, which allowed him to redshirt…As a junior in 2011, played in 12 games with 5 starts at defensive end, where he was moved from linebacker following spring drills…Finished season with 29 tackles (14 solo), including 4 for losses, 2 sacks (1 which resulted in a safety)…In 2010, played in all 13 games, including starts in the first 8 games at middle linebacker…Had a career-high 72 tackles (29 solo), including 7 for losses, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 deflection…As a freshman in 2009, Kennard played in 13 games with 1 start…Began the season as a backup defensive end, but by midseason was seeing much action in pass rush situations…Was moved to strongside linebacker for USC's final 4 games and started those contests…Finished season with 34 tackles (18 solo), including 2 for losses, plus 3 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.

-    Visited pediatric patients at Hackensack University Medical Center for the Giants’ Rookie Halloween Party…Attended the Taste of the Giants event at MetLife Stadium…Visited pediatric orthopedics patients at the Hospital for Special Surgery…Greeted fans and signed autographs at Chase Bank in New York City…Attended the Giants Jingle Jam event, a party for 500 of New Jersey’s foster care children…Attended teammate Jameel McClain’s Thanksgiving outreach event, helping to serve a meal for families in Harlem.

-    Kennard received his bachelor's degree in communication at USC in the spring of 2012…Selected to the 2010 and 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic 2nd team…Kennard and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need…Selected as 1 of USC's representatives at the 2011 APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Conference in Austin, Tex., designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness…His father, Derek, was an All-America offensive lineman at Nevada (lettering from 1981 to 1983) who then played 2 years in the USFL (1984-85 with the Los Angeles Express) and 11 seasons in the NFL (1986-90 with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, 1991-93 with the New Orleans Saints and 1994-96 with the Dallas Cowboys), including on the 1995 Cowboys' team that won the Super Bowl. His brother, Derek Jr., was a 4-year (2000-03) football letterman at Nevada… As a senior defensive end at Desert Vista High in Phoenix, Kennard played in only 3 early games in 2008 before tearing knee ligaments, which sidelined him the rest of the season…As a junior in 2007, he made Junior All-America first team after finishing with 111 tackles and 24 sacks. Desert Vista played in the 2007 Arizona state 5-A championship game…In his 2006 sophomore season, he was selected All-Region after finishing with 81 tackles and 7 sacks.
Career Stats
TOTAL 101 72 29 4.5 0 5 1 0 -- 0 0 2 0
2015 NYG 9 9 58 37 21 0.0 -- 4 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
2014 NYG 12 6 43 35 8 4.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --

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