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.
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.
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 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.
Kinnie's Career Statistics
» Receptions- 6 three times (most recently vs. Northwestern, 2011)
» Yards- 105 at Washington, 2010
» Touchdowns - 3 at Oklahoma State, 2010*
*tied school record