Navarro College sophomore running back Ke’Aun Kinner was named Thursday as The 2014 Spalding NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year award winner.
Kinner is the first Navarro athlete to be singled out by the NJCAA with special individual national post-season honor. His award Thursday caps a ‘perfect’ pre-Christmas week, following his selection Tuesday as an NJCAA first-team All-American, and his signing of a binding national letter of intent to attend The University of Kansas on Wednesday.
Kinner was the NJCAA’s most productive running back in 2014 with 253-1696-22 rushing and 17-109 receiving. The SWJCFC Most Valuable Player averaged an NC-record 169.6 yards per game rushing during the 14th-ranked Bulldogs’ 7-3 season.
Kinner’s rushing totals all rank second behind the player he succeeded — Tim Wright — in NC’s all-time single-season rushing records.
For his two-year career, Kinner’s totals are 277-1918-26. In career marks, he ranks third in rushing yardage and shares with Wright the school’s rushing-TD record.
During a four-year career at Little Elm High School, Kinner rushed 573-292-48 and averaged 7.5 yards per carry.
It was a big day of national honors for the SWJCFC as rival Trinity Valley linebacker Cortney Finney was selected as The 2014 Spalding NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Selections were made by the NJCAA Football Committee. To be considered for awards, players must have been named conference MVPS or first-team All-Americans.