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Derek Kennard (1981-83/ Football)





Kennard was an Associated Press All-America selection as an offensive tackle 1983 after twice being named All-Big Sky Conference. Following two years with the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League, he was a 10-veteran in the National Football League, starting at guard and tackle with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, the New Orleans Saints, and the Dallas Cowboys. He won a Super Bowl Championship ring with the Cowboys to cap his career. In 1988 he was an alternate selection to the Pro Bowl. Originally from Stockton, Calif., Kennard came to Nevada in 1980 and played four years for Coach Chris Ault. He was second team All-Big Sky as a sophomore, and first team All-Conference as a junior and senior. The 1983 Wolf Pack team, of which he was a team captain, was the conference champion and made it to the semifinals of the 1-AA championships, losing to eventual champion Southern Illinois.

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