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Diamond Talk: Rico Kennedy, LB, Morgan State | The Hard-Hat wearing LB

Morgan State linebacker Rico Kennedy is a player who goes to work every day and works on perfecting his craft.

Rico Kennedy is going to school for construction management and one day he would like to own his own construction company. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida boy was a freak at Dillard High School racking up 24.5 sacks with four fumble recoveries and an inteception in his career. He was a First Team All-County selection and earned All-State honorable mention.

In 2014, Kennedy played for Army Prep and would eventually land a spot at Morgan State. In his Redshirt Freshman year he racked up 30 tackles, had 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He started to grow as a linebacker in the MEAC and it would not be long before he started to take over!

As a Sophomore, Kennedy started dominating his conference. He was an All-MEAC first team player in his second year, racking up 70 tackles leading his team, had 4 forced fumbles and finished 5 in the MEAC with 7.5 sacks and 3rd in the nation with 19.5 tackles for loss.

Last season, Kennedy finished with 61 tackles and led the team with 10 tackles for loss. He finished with another 4.5 sacks and 7 QB hurries.

The 6030, 240 pound linebacker was named to the 2019 Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection an made the watch list for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award.

When you think of a construction worker, you think of someone that grabs his lunch pail, understands his duties, and is willing to work in all conditions to make sure the finished product is perfect. When you look at Rico Kennedy you can easily understand why he is going to school for construction, because as a football player you can notice all those qualities in his play.

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