Grad Transfer OL - Kenneth Kirby

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2019 (Junior)
Played and started in all 12 games at left tackle … Earned All-MEAC first-team accolades … Played 884 snaps, tied for the most on the team … Graded out at 96 percent on the season … Gave up just two half-sacks on the season … Graded among the top three NSU linemen in every game and also led the team in knockdown blocks … Helped NSU finish the season as the top scoring offense in the school’s Division I history, at 28.9 points per game overall and 31.8 in MEAC games … The Spartans also ranked second in the MEAC in passing offense and third in rushing offense.

2018 (Redshirt)
Preseason All-MEAC second-team selection … Redshirted the season.

2017 (Sophomore)
Started all 11 games for the second consecutive season … Voted to the All-MEAC third team … Also named to the VaSID all-state second team … Part of a line that allowed 13 fewer sacks than the previous season … NSU’s first All-MEAC tackle since Justin Myler in 2014.

2016 (Freshman)
Started all 11 games at left tackle.

High School/Prep
Lettered four years in football and three in baseball at Menchville … Was a first-team All-Conference 10 offensive lineman and a second-team defensive lineman as a senior for the Monarchs … Was an honorable mention all-conference performer as a junior in 2013 … Two-time team captain … Spent a post-graduate season at FUMA, where he teamed with fellow Spartan Josh Culberson.
 

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Yes.

Gonna be interesting to see if this team can come together and win. Talent level has definitely gotten a jolt.
 

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This is great news! Kudos on the staff for getting this guy in here. I'm very excited and optimistic about our o-line next year.
 

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Question for the guys who understand team chemistry and what not. Is bringing guys in who kind of slide in at that top an issue with the younger guys who have been working their way up the ladder? Not suggesting we have an issue but I do think some personnel management skills might be needed to keep everyone on the same page.
 

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Question for the guys who understand team chemistry and what not. Is bringing guys in who kind of slide in at that top an issue with the younger guys who have been working their way up the ladder? Not suggesting we have an issue but I do think some personnel management skills might be needed to keep everyone on the same page.
Guys want to WIN. Anybody short of a major headcase inbound - and we've seen some of those over the years - who can help them do that is acceptable. Prove it on the field & guys will know. They may not LIKE it, their parents may not LIKE it, but we're looking at year three for CGC & need to WIN. Some guys left via the Portal, some came in through the Portal. IIWII.

Another poss impact ==> Norfolk State opted out of a Spring season for 2021. He prob just wants a chance to play. He won't go though Spring Practice, so he'll have the summer to figure it out & make it or not.

https://hbcugameday.com/2021/02/08/norfolk-state-latest-to-opt-out-of-spring-football/
 

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Question for the guys who understand team chemistry and what not. Is bringing guys in who kind of slide in at that top an issue with the younger guys who have been working their way up the ladder? Not suggesting we have an issue but I do think some personnel management skills might be needed to keep everyone on the same page.
Competition is king.

Theoretically, yes. But I don't think we have anyone that is ensconced enough that they would be butthurt about this. Jordan Williams might stand to lose the most PT to him but Jordan still has 4 years of eligibility left so even if his pt is diminished he's still got a long career ahead of him. Also, there could be more attrition coming and this kid might could slide over to Guard.
 

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Gibbs and Mason about to put up some major numbers.

Is there a “team rankings” list regarding all transfers? I’d guess GT would be #1 in the country. We are going to look completely different next year.
 
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Thank you for the thoughtful answers to my question. I know we have some serious, however green, talent across the OL so just making sure we continue to operate as a cohesive unit.

I'll say it one more time: the offensive line is the most important unit on the team - I listened to Bobby Ross preach that every Friday morning at 6am and that's not a guy you want to argue with.
 

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Gibbs and Mason about to put up some major numbers.

Is there a “team rankings” list regarding all transfers? I’d guess GT would be #1 in the country. We are going to look completely different next year.
Yeah, I can’t imagine many, if any teams doing better than we did in the portal. Story of the offseason.
 

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Yeah, I can’t imagine many, if any teams doing better than we did in the portal. Story of the offseason.
Probably overstating how great our transfers are. If you were re ranking these kids with stars,Cochran is probably the only 4/5 star type. Not sure how many others are high-high impact. Hopeful on this kid and ODU kid, buts it’s a step up in competition for them so we’ll see; they also missed a year playing altogether. The kicker is the only other instant improvement pickup, just based on need alone
 
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