Wide Receiver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
City/State: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Grandview
Other College: Fort Scott (Kan.) CC


Brandon Kinnie was a fixture in the Nebraska passing game for the past three seasons. The 6-3, 225-pound Kinnie provided the Huskers with a big, physical target in the passing game and the ability to be a factor as a perimeter blocker in the run game. He also provided leadership for a young receiving corps that featured a pair of freshmen and a sophomore playing key roles in 2011.

Kinnie finished 2011 as Nebraska's second-leading receiver with 22 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown at Michigan. Kinnie had at least two receptions in eight games as a senior, including a career-high tying six receptions against Northwestern. His 22 catches in 2011 pushed Kinnie's career receptions total to 81, just one shy of the top 10 on the NU career receptions list.

The Kansas City native was a December 2011 graduate in sociology.

2011 (Senior)
Chattanooga: Kinnie caught two passes for seven yards in Nebraska's 40-7 win in the season opener. Fresno State: Was held without a catch for the first time since NU's game at Kansas State on Oct. 7, 2010. Washington: His strong blocking helped Nebraska rack up 51 points and 309 yards rushing, but he did not have a catch in a 51-38 win. Wyoming: Put together his best game of the non-conference season, hauling in a team-high three passes for 31 yards in Nebraska's 38-14 win. Wisconsin: Had two catches for 17 yards. Ohio State: Posted his third straight multi-reception day with two catches for 14 yards in the win over OSU. Minnesota: Hauled in two catches for 58 yards, including a career-long 61-yard catch and run in the second quarter that set up a Husker field goal. Michigan State: Had both of his catches for 23 yards on NU's first drive of the second half, an 80-yard TD drive to make it 17-3. Northwestern: Matched his career high (Western Kentucky 2010, Kansas 2010) with six catches for 42 yards, his sixth straight game with multiple grabs. Moved into 11th place on NU's career chart with 78 career receptions. Penn State: Did not have a catch in Nebraska's 17-14 win. Michigan: Scored Nebraska's first touchdown, hauling in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Martinez for Kinnie's first score of the season. Iowa: Ended the regular season with two catches for 11 yards. South Carolina: Did not have a catch in the bowl matchup against the Gamecocks.

2010 (Junior)
Kinnie led NU with 44 receptions that covered 494 yards. The 44 receptions placed Kinnie eighth on the NU single-season receptions list, and he also finished second on the team with five touchdown receptions. Kinnie had at least four receptions five times during his junior season, and his three touchdown catches at Oklahoma State tied the NU single-game record.

Kinnie started strong with a career-high six catches for 59 yards in the opener against Western Kentucky. He added three catches against Idaho, and then broke out at Washington. Kinnie totaled a career-best 180 all-purpose yards, including five receptions for a career-high 105 yards. He had a career-long 55-yard catch in the first quarter, and added 75 yards on kickoff returns.

Kinnie played a starring role at Oklahoma State when he caught his first three career touchdown passes, becoming the first NU receiver to haul in three TD passes since Maurice Purify in 2007. His touchdowns included a 45-yarder to open the scoring as NU put 51 points on the board. Kinnie had three catches at Iowa State, then matched his career high with six catches for 67 yards against Kansas. He also led the team with five catches at Texas A&M, and four catches for 48 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Colorado. Kinnie had two catches each against Oklahoma and Washington to close the year.

2009 (Sophomore)
Kinnie caught 15 passes for 141 yards, with 14 of those receptions coming in the final eight games. Kinnie had a five-yard catch against Arkansas State for the first reception of his career. He had a season-high three catches for 27 yards against Iowa State, then added two-reception efforts against Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas and Arizona.

His 16-yard reception against Texas set up a fourth-quarter field goal that gave Nebraska a 12-10 lead, and he totaled a season-high 30 receiving yards against the Longhorns. He added two catches for 12 yards against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.

Before Nebraska (Fort Scott Community College/Grandview HS)
Kinnie had an impressive 2008 season at Fort Scott Community College (Kan.), when he earned first-team All-Jayhawk League honors. Kinnie caught 62 passes for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also returned two kickoffs for 79 yards for Coach Jeff Sims. Kinnie's play helped Fort Scott to a 9-2 record and No. 6 final national ranking. Fort Scott capped its season with a 30-14 victory over Blinn (Texas) College in the Heart of Texas Bowl. Kinnie caught a touchdown pass and blocked a punt in the game and was chosen as the bowl's Most Valuable Player. Kinnie also attended Fort Scott in 2007, but sat out the season as a redshirt. In his first season, he also played for the Fort Scott basketball team before entirely focusing on football in his second year.

Kinnie ranked among the top 75 overall junior-college prospects in the country. He played his prep football at Grandview (Mo.) High School in the Kansas City area. He earned all-state honors at Grandview, where he was also a basketball standout. Kinnie originally committed to Kansas State out of high school. Kinnie chose Nebraska over Kansas and Arkansas.   

Brandon was born on Dec. 27, 1988, and is the son of Yulondia Sherae Kinnie. He is a sociology major and earned his bachelor's degree in December of 2011. He also volunteered his time with the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop and local hospital visits.

Kinnie's Career Statistics









2009 13/2 15 141 9.4 10.8 16 vs. Texas 0
2010 14/11 44 494 11.2 35.3 55 at Washington 5
2011 13/7 22 257 11.7 21.4 61 at Minnesota 1







61 at Minnesota

Single-Game Highs
» Receptions-
6 three times (most recently vs. Northwestern, 2011)
» Yards- 105 at Washington, 2010
» Touchdowns - 3 at Oklahoma State, 2010*
*tied school record

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