|Cats in College: Kendall Wright helping Bearcats to playoffs|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Nov. 29, 2005 - SSHS graduate Kendall Wright has been a major player for the Northwest Missouri Bearcats, who are one game away from playing for the NCAA Division II national title.
Wright, a redshirt freshman receiver at NMU, is the third-leading receiver and top punt returner for the Bearcats, who will take their 10-3 record into Saturday's national semifinal contest against North Alabama. The game will be broadcast at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.
Wright has caught 33 passes for 465 yards and five touchdowns and has 805 all-purpose yards, which is third on the team. He has returned 18 punts for 231 yards and has returned six kickoffs for 103 yards.
His SSHS and NMU teammate Keelan Green is also on the team, but was redshirted due to injury.
Other former Wildcats who have distinguished themselves this year on the gridiron include:
Aaron Givens, senior wide receiver at UT-El Paso, has caught 20 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown for the Miners (8-3), who finished second in the Western Division of Conference USA and are now looking for a bowl bid. He has also returned two punts for 76 yards, including a long of 45 yards.
His younger brother, Johan Givens, carried the ball three times for three yards as a sophomore running back.
Jonathan Lindley, a redshirt freshman defensive back for SMU, had three tackles against UTEP on Saturday in the Mustangs' final game. Lindley finished with 11 tackles on the year and returned one punt for three yards. SMU had their best season in eight years with a 5-6 record.
Ryan Henry, a redshirt freshman quarterback at Belhaven College, played in nine games and finished with a 61 percent completion percentage (83-of-137) for 1,123 yards, three interceptions and 10 TDs. He was also named the conference Player of the Week in his first start of the season. The Blazers finished the season with a 5-6 record.
Klint King, a senior safety for Southwest Baptist, had his season cut short due to knee injuries.
Patrick Radney, a freshman linebacker for Austin College, played in three games and finished with four tackles.