Kinne was a highly touted recruit out of high school passing for 11,695 yards and 130 career touchdowns between his one year at Gilmer High School and three years at Canton High School. His career numbers placed him second in Texas high school history.
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Last season would be a totally different story.
After a 3-3 start to their first six games, Kinne had 13 touchdown passes but also had six interceptions to go along with it. Unlike the 2009 season, the Tulsa quarterback would lead his team to seven straight wins to close out the season including a 62-35 win over Hawaii in the 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
At 6-foot-2 at 215 pounds, Kinne is a threat with his arm as well as his legs. Not only did he throw for almost 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns last season (3,650) but also added 561 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
While he could have turned pro after his junior season, Kinne decided to return for one final season to try for a higher goal both with his team as well as for himself.
He may be one of the more underrated quarterbacks in Conference USA as most seem to center their focus on Houston Cougars' golden armed quarterback, Case Keenum. But make no mistake about it, Kinne is no slouch and he is a guy who can throw on just about any defense he faces.
Kinne will get a chance to show himself off on a national stage right off the bat when the 2011 season gets underway. The Golden Hurricane will face Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State in three of their first four weeks of the season.
If their senior quarterback wanted a challenge, I think he'll get exactly what he asked for.
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