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  Kenyon Coleman
Kenyon Coleman

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Alta Loma, CA

High School:
Alta Loma

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 276

Position:
Defensive End

Birthdate:
04/10/1979

UCLA — Coleman is expected to be one of the top defensive ends in the nation this season … The All-America and Nagurski Award candidate has demonstrated the ability to dominate offensive linemen … He possesses a great combination of strength, power, speed and size … Kenyon (Ken-YON) is an outstanding pass rusher … He has fully recovered from last year’s knee injury and is stronger than a year ago … He has worked hard to enhance his fundamentals and technique and has set some outstanding individual goals.

2000 — Coleman was one of the pre-season candidates for the Bronco Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Award … In the third game of the season against Michigan, he suffered torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee … He had an arthroscopy the following week to remove the cartilage and also two screws from a high school operation… Since he only appeared in three games, he was granted a substitute year (medical hardship) of eligibility by the Pac-10 Faculty Athletic Representatives … In the opener against Alabama, he helped hold the Crimson Tide to just 265 yards total offense … On the afternoon, he made three tackles, including 0.5 for loss … He was credited with two stops against Fresno and one tackle in the victory over Michigan.

1999 — Coleman, one of the leaders of the defensive line, enjoyed his best season as a Bruin … Selected second-team All-Pac-10 by the league’s coaches … He was one of just four players to start all 11 games … On the year, Coleman made 50 tackles to rank sixth on the squad and first among linemen … He tied for second on the team with 3.5 sacks and ranked second with nine tackles for loss … Also broke up eight passes with his leaping ability at the line … In the finale against USC, he made a career-high nine tackles, including one for loss … Selected winner of UCLA’s Donn Moomaw Award for Outstanding Defensive Player versus USC … In the victory over Washington, Coleman made five tackles … Against Arizona, he made six tackles, including five primaries … He also made four tackles each versus Oregon State, California (one-half sack) and Ohio State … Against Arizona State, he made four tackles, including a sack and a second tackle for loss, and recovered a fumble … Against Stanford, he made seven tackles, including one sack and a second stop behind the line … He played at least 50 snaps in all 11 games and at least 60 nine times, including 75 at USC, 69 at Ohio State, 66 at Arizona State and 65 versus Fresno State and California.

1998 — As a true sophomore, Coleman earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention … He made 23 tackles, most among the defensive linemen, despite missing two full games (Washington State and Arizona) and most of a third (Houston) after suffering a sprained knee at Houston … He ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks and fourth on the squad with seven tackles for loss … At California, he recorded two sacks, the first of the season by a Bruin lineman … Coleman added a sack on Stanford’s final drive of the game, a fourth at Oregon State and a half-sack at Washington … He made a season-high five tackles at Oregon State and added three each versus Texas and California … He had two fumble recoveries, both against Oregon … He started nine of the 10 games in which he played, including the season’s first two and the last seven, and played at least 48 defensive snaps nine times, including 68 at Oregon State, 60 at Washington and 54 versus Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl … He also played on the field goal block unit.

1997 — Saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman and flashed his potential … On the year, Kenyon made 15 tackles, including two for loss, and recovered three fumbles … He recovered a fumble, made two tackles and helped pressure Peyton Manning in the second half of the Tennessee game and made his second fumble recovery against Texas … Made a tackle for loss against both Arizona and Houston and one stop versus Oregon and Oregon State … Also made his third fumble recovery of the year against OSU … Made four stops against California and added three against Texas A&M … Played in every game and had at least 25 snaps six times, including 39 against Tennessee, 33 versus OSU, 31 against Houston and 30 at USC.

HIGH SCHOOL — Lettered three years as an offensive and defensive lineman at Alta Loma, CA High School for coach Tim Nelson … PrepStar All-American as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the West … Also named to the PrepStar Best in the West unit … Selected first-team All-State by Cal-Hi Sports … First-team All-CIF Southern Section and first-team All-CIF Division IV … First-team L.A. Times All-Inland Empire selection … As a senior, team was 13-1 and ranked No. 17 in the State and No. 3 in Division II by Student Sports … Also earned All-State honors as a sophomore in 1994, but suffered a broken leg as a junior … Played three years of varsity basketball.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Kenyon Octavia Coleman … Born: April 10, 1979 in Fontana, CA …?Parents: Johnny and Patsy Coleman … Has one brother, Michael, and three sisters, Roshonda, Roloundra and Novella … Loves to sing in his spare time and sang the national anthem at a women’s gymnastics meet … Philosophy major.

Varsity Statistics - K. Coleman
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

1997

15

13-2

0

2-3

1998

23

16-7

4.5-23

7-41

1999

50

34-16

3.5-30

9-43

2000

6

3-3

0-0

1-7

Totals

94

66-28

8-53

19-94

Career Highs
Tackles: 9 vs. USC, 1999, 7 vs. Stanford, 1999


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