2008 Scouting Report: Disappointed but not deterred by a season-ending knee injury prior to his senior year, Kinder is back healthy and ready to resume his role as one of college football's most productive receivers...entered last season with All-America aspirations following an exceptional junior year...suffered a torn ACL the first week of training camp and was forced to sit out the season as a redshirt...will be back at 100% come August and again has high expectations...is capable of making the breathtaking catch or putting a defender on his back with a punishing block...whether the ball is in the air or on the ground, Kinder is a major factor...if there was an "All-Madden Team" for college, Kinder would be the team captain...is both a highly skilled athlete and tenacious, blue-collar competitor...unfairly labeled as a possession receiver at the beginning of his junior season, Kinder proved he could stretch the field with touchdown catches of 80, 78 and 55 yards...a model of consistency, he was named one of college football's most reliable players by Rivals...was one of two key players involved in ESPN's "College Football Play of the Year" for 2006...flattened two defenders with one block to spring Darrelle Revis' 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against West Virginia...the ESPY-nominated play was a highlight show fixture and "YouTube" favorite.
2007: Suffered a torn right ACL the opening week of training camp and redshirted.
2006: Enjoyed an outstanding junior season in which he earned first team All-Big East and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award...led the Panthers in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (847)...ranked second in the Big East in receptions per game (4.75) and third in receiving yards per game (70.6)...his six TD catches were the second-highest total in the conference...named Pitt's Most Improved Offensive Player...Kinder keyed Darrelle Revis' 73-yard punt return TD vs. West Virginia with a devastating block that took out two defenders...the return - and the block - earned "College Football Play of the Year" honors from ESPN...had a game-high nine catches for 121 yards with a 49-yard TD vs. Michigan State...compiled a career-high 172 yards receiving on just three receptions - a whopping average of 57.3 yards per catch - and had touchdowns of 80 and 55 yards against Cincinnati...had a career-high 11 receptions (for 77 yards) against Louisville and also threw a 21-yard TD pass to Oderick Turner off a gadget play...had four catches for 77 yards, including a 78-yard TD against Virginia (other three catches totaled minus-one yard)...78-yard TD ranks as Pitt's longest pass play ever at Heinz Field.
2005: Emerged as a starting wideout during the opening month of the season...played in all 11 games, starting eight...Pitt's second-leading receiver with 37 catches for 374 yards (10.1 avg.) and three TDs...had a season-high 81 receiving yards on eight catches with an 11-yard TD catch versus Syracuse...coaching staff Offensive Player of the Game for the Syracuse contest...had a season-high 10 catches for 78 yards and a three-yard TD at Rutgers...had a 12-yard TD catch at Louisville...made his first career start at Nebraska.
2004: Played in nine games to letter...had one catch - a three-yard TD reception at Notre Dame that tied the game at 7-7 in the opening quarter.
High School: Two-time All-New York Class B...three-time All-B North Division...two-time All-Western New York...All-Greater Rochester...three-year, two-way starter at Albion High... started at running back his senior season and receiver as a junior and sophomore...defensively was a three-year starter at cornerback...scored 33 touchdowns his senior season and 63 for his career...averaged 8.7 yards per rush as a senior, compiling 1,705 yards on 197 carries...had 17 receptions for 289 yards (17.0 avg.)...had eight interceptions and was named the 2003 recipient of the Ron Pitts Award, annually presented to the Buffalo area's top cornerback...led Albion to a three-year mark of 24-4 (.857)...rated the No. 9 prospect in New York by Rivals.com...rated the No. 12 prospect in New York by SuperPrep...played under Coach Dick Diminuco...an accomplished all-around athlete who also earned All-Niagara-Orleans League in baseball and basketball...a 1,000-point scorer in basketball...in baseball was All-Western New York and a gold medalist at the Empire State Games...Scholar-Athlete honoree...member of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving).
Personal: Derek Nelles Kinder, born 3/25/86, is the son of Roland and Waunetta Kinder...has one brother...graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics...currently pursuing a second degree in communication and rhetoric.
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