It’s hard to say that a player’s best days are ahead of him, especially when that player caught 87 balls for 1,371 yards and seven touchdowns. However, that is likely the case for Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt, the 8th Annual Tri-State Player of the Year.
At Britt’s news conference in January to announce that he would turn pro after his junior season, Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano said, “I am very confident that Kenny will be a tremendous football player at the next level. I have been around some great ones and he is right there with them. His abilities and his production will transcend to the next level. There is no doubt.”
Britt’s abilities include the capacity to shield defenders with his impressive 6-4’ 215 pound frame, good route running, and notable ball skills.
Britt also does the little things right. Want proof? Watch his crack back block of a Louisville linebacker on YouTube. The defender’s head literally snaps back with the perfectly executed and legal block.
It’s not hard to understand why Britt has been Rutgers number one receiver for the last two years. Britt is not only the school’s most decorated wide receiver, but he is the career receiving yards leader (3,043) in BIG EAST history. He also tied the conference record with former Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for career 100-yard games with his 14th 100-yard game in the Papa Johns.com Bowl victory vs. NC State.
During Britt’s three year career, the Scarlet Knights won 27 games, including three bowl games. Britt’s contributions came despite having a different receiver’s coach every year he was at Rutgers. Britt also had to share center stage with other talented players such as Brian Leonard, Ray Rice, Mike Teel and Tiquan Underwood during his time in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Despite his early entry into the NFL draft, Britt made it clear that he will always cherish his time at Rutgers. “This is a special place and there are special people here. You will never find the people here anywhere else, especially the coaching staff. They were real mentors to us.”
He added, “I will miss my teammates. You get really close to them and consider them as brothers and family. Also, my father graduated from Rutgers University and that is something special. It made me iffy on my decision because I want to get my degree” (a goal that Britt still plans to realize).
As for the NFL, Britt projects to be a first or second round pick simply because big receivers who catch 87 balls in a season don’t grown on trees. Then, there is that word that excites teams around the league, “upside”.
NFL Network Draft Expert Nolan Nawrocki sees Britt this way, “A long-strider who eats ground quickly, Britt is big, exceptionally strong and physical and can power off the line and beat the jam. He is built to play a big man’s game and has a wide catching radius. (Britt) looks every bit the part and has been the one bright spot on an average offense. He has the physical skill set to be a better pro than college player.”