How Trey Biddy, Richard Davenport, Otis Kirk & Dudley Dawson became Arkansas’ recruiting news gatekeepers

Day in and day out, they glean stats from the next Hog stars. It's time the script was flipped, for once.
With signing day on Wednesday, recruiting news is bigger than ever – especially in DGB-crazed Arkansas. But who are the men bringing us all this nonstop recruiting info? What draws them to this recruiting news niche? And why has the field grow so fast? Finally, how do the recruits and their families under the microscope feel about the process? I spoke with the father of Razorback commit Deatrich Wise,  Jr. and found some of his statements remarkably candid (for more, read “The Recruit” section below) Get all this background and more from the following piece, originally published in the September issue of Arkansas Life:
Next fall, like all falls, our Saturdays become smorgasbords of flying leather, clashing plastic, arms thrust skyward – the roar of millions, the groans of millions more.Americans scream themselves hoarse more for college football than nearly any other sport. That passion has spilled into a 24/7 news cycle where all manner of info and opinion regarding the biggest programs is printed, churned through online message boards and discussed on airwaves before the next batch is served.

One of the fastest growing sports news beats is recruiting, where millions of fans want to know what hundreds of top high school athletes have to say about their favorite program. In Arkansas, the prime gatekeepers of this information power some of the state’s biggest sports sites. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s recruiting blog had 700,000 views in a month. Hawgsports.com, which covers all aspects of Razorbacks sports with a focus on recruiting, topped five million page views in January 2010, the month before National Signing Day on February 3rd.

These recruiting gurus constantly interview the athletes and churn out articles hitting on basics – weight, height, bench press, vertical jumps, 40-yard dash, schools visited, impressions made by coaches. Eight times out of ten, it seems, you can bank on a kid giving props to the UA business school and/or football team’s weight room.

The content may seem redundant, but there’s more at play. This is a trade built on dreams. When the recruit picks up the phone, he hopes his words bring a scholarship, a degree and career.

For the ever-hopeful Arkansas fan, though, these words can evoke something far more visceral: visions of an entire state wrapped in cardinal red,  the last seconds of a dream season ticking away, all those goose-bumped arms slowly rising, falling, while one “Woo Pig Sooie” atop another cascades across the Ozarks, ringing into the night.

Strong contender for Arkansas Dunk of the Year among recent Sylvan Hills highlights

Things are looking up for Sylvan Hills after a tough end to last season and a rocky start to this one. Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It’s hard to imagine a more favored team for an Arkansas state title coming into this season than Sylvan Hills High School.

For starters, all five starters returned from last year’s 25-4 squad, which had roared through conference play undefeated. Guard Archie Goodwin, a Kentucky signee, established himself as one of the nation’s best prep players. Over the summer, the senior-laden Bears added firepower with the transfer of sophomore point guard Kaylon Tappin from rival Little Rock Mills. To top it all off, the squad had strong motivation to redeem itself after losing to Alma – which lost its star player to graduation – in the 5A state title game last season.

Entering November 2011, the Bears were understandably confident. Head coach Kevin Davis scheduled four regional tournaments and out-of-state games against a caliber of competition far above Sylvan Hills’ usual non-conference foes.

But, in the early going, the Bears didn’t exactly devour the big dogs.

By New Years, Sylvan Hills had lost three games – to Memphis powerhouse Southwind 89-60, to Little Rock private school Pulaski Academy 82-72 and to Tupelo, Miss. 65-60. Soon afterward, the Bears lost 75-71 to Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky, and on Jan. 12 in Missouri hit a low point.

The opponent: New York City’s national power Christ the King. The place: Springfield, Mo., during the first round of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. The outcome: a 71-45 shellacking, with Sylvan Hills held to 23% shooting from the field. Senior leaders such as Dion Patton, Devin Pearson and Larry Ziegler combined for 16 points. Goodwin mustered 21 points, but missed all five free throws and ten 3-point attempts.

The reeling Bears, with a record of 9-5, had their proverbial backs against the wall.

In the five games since, Sylvan Hills have bounced back with a vengeance.

Sylvan Hills wiped out its last two Missouri tourney opponents by a combined 44 points and has come to home to surge to a 6-0 conference start, including last Friday’s grit-a-thon with Mills. Dion Patton is once again orchestrating from the point guard position, while 6-5 center Pearson flirts with a double-double every night out.  Meanwhile, Goodwin seems to have gotten his mojo back, scoring near 30 points a game while shooting at a 50%+ FG rate and 80%+ FT clip.

And those highlights just keep pouring in, as seen in this reel from the Bass Pro tournament. Best play? Check around 3:11 when Goodwin contorts around defenders in the lane to pull off an aerial whirling dervish of a maneuver. It’s unclear when he and the Bears will return to earth.

Can someone please organize a high school season dunk of the year voting contest? I’ll submit this Archie “Good God-er!” from Sylvan Hills’ 53-43 Tuesday win over Watson Chapel. (H/t to Sylvan Hills student Eddie Higgins for helping find the clip)

UPDATE: There must be something in the water down there in Jefferson County. Not long after Goodwin’s dunk, a college player at UAPB pulled off what simply may be the dunk of the year at any level anywhere. In case you haven’t drunk deep of its glory, here is Savalace Townsend boinging on someone’s silly head. 

For a weekly look at high school basketball in central Arkansas, check out the new ARPreps.com prepscast featuring the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Tim Cooper.

When Goose Met Geese: The story of Arkansas’ finest Globetrotters

Hubert "Geese" Ausbie has met tens of thousands of people in a globe-spanning career. But only twice did he meet Arkansas' other "Goose" Globetrotter.

A few Globetrotters have had Arkansas connections.

There’s former Trojan Tom Brown, for instance, who had the highest points-per-game average in UALR history. Brown’s 25.2 clip in 1975-76 helped propel him into a Globetrotters career at the height of the Disco Age. Brown rocked long braided hair, which earned him the nickname “Cochise” in honor of the famed Apache warrior chief.

But by far the most accomplished Arkified Globetrotters are Reece “Goose” Tatum and Hubert “Geese” Ausbie. None other than Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson has called Tatum the “most important player on the most popular team in the history of basketball” who “created Globetrotters basketball as we know it today.” The six-foot-four El Dorado native, known for comic walk, seven-foot-wide arm span and the hook shot he’s said to have invented, became a role model for thousands of young players in the late 1940s after helping topple the world champion Minneapolis Lakers in two exhibition games.

Ausbie, 17 years Tatum’s junior, was one of them.

Hurricane A-comin’: Parkview clashes with Jonesboro in Game of the Week

Powerhouse Parkview suffered a two-game hiccup, but seems to be back on track after barbecuing Searcy. Can Rod Pugh (#12) and the Hurricane derail the defending champs, handing coach Al Flanigan (right) an unheard-of three losses in four games?

It’s the end of week 2 of conference season, and time again to serve up some Friday previews for big 6A and 7A games featuring central Arkansas teams.

Parkview (14-2, 2-2) @ Jonesboro (15-2, 3-1)

On Tuesday, Parkview beat Searcy 73-24 while  Jonesboro lost to Jacksonville 68-41. Check out video highlights from that Parkview win here. Go to the video section on the page’s right side, scroll to the bottom and click “View Next 4 Clips”

Both teams are strongest at the guard positions – for Parkview, Anton Beard and I.J. Ready. For Jonesboro, watch out for sophomore dynamo Kahron Ross and Randle Tolliver. Throw some sweet-shooting Jacob Gibson in there, too. (n.b. Ready and Ross were Arkansas Hawks teammates last summer)

Listen to the game here, ye central Arkansas folk who’d rather not make the drive.

And although you’re listening, you can kind of  imagine you’re watching TV if you slowly scroll through the pics on this Facebook page.

Want more on this matchup and others from Friday? ARPreps.com’s David Harten, Tim Cooper ( the Democrat-Gazette’s bball guru) and I talk our noggins off in our latest weekly prepscast.

Catholic (1-3, 2-7) @ Russellville (13-4, 4-0) 

Russellville beat Van Buren 58-31. Cyclone Grey Harris, who would be making a run at early-season state MVP is such existed, scored 18 points. Catholic, meanwhile, lost to North Little Rock 67-51.

Catch the game at KCJC 102.3 FM or online at www.kcjclive.com.

If you think the above game was low-scoring, then you need to see my new …

!!?!!?? of the Week

28-24.

I repeat: 28-24. That’s the score I saw in the Dem-Gaz for the Rogers’ boys Tuesday night victory over Fort Smith Northside.

Granted, upon check-up, the  actual score  might have been slightly higher.

Either way, I’m voting this half-court sludgefest of a game reason #73 I will always prefer central Arkansas ball to what’s going down in the NWA:

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Searcy (6-11, 1-3) @ Hall (13-3, 4-0)

Hall beat West Memphis 52-47 on the road, while Searcy lost by 49 points to Parkview.

“We came out very flat,” its coach  told The Daily Citizen. “Also, Parkview came out to prove a point because they had lost two in a row, and they shot well. That’s a bad combination.

“It was already a 16-point game at the half. They kept pressing. The coach could have pulled off  the press, but he didn’t. It was a statement game for them. They’re the best in the state, and they wanted to prove it.”

Cam Woodruff, a junior on the team, said the Lions were not prepared for the Parkview game. “They came out and put it on us,” he said. “We weren’t prepared mentally.”

Hall’s Hog commit Bobby Portis was featured in this KATV video this week. In his past two games, the junior center has shot 9 of 20 on FGs, 1 of 4 on 3s  and 10 of 13 on FTs for 29 points. He’s also totaled 28 rebounds, seven blocks, six turnovers two steals and three assists.

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Nowitzki of the Gridiron? Hunter Henry to focus on football

January 16, 2012 - Pulaski's Hunter Henry (41) drives to the basket defended by Briarcrest's Austin Nichols (44) during their game Monday at the FedExForum. (Nikki Boertman / The Commercial Appeal)

Pulaski Academy, the top-ranked team in 4A, lost its first game on Monday, falling to Briarcrest Christian School 70-54 in the Martin Luther King Basketball Classic in downtown Memphis. Junior guard Brandon Brady led the Bruins (13-1) with 15 points. Sophomore guard Marcus Wallace added 14 points. Two players scored 14 points for Briarcrest (12-4), an east Memphis private school. The 5 p.m. game was played at the FedEx Forum but the teams had arrived more than five hours earlier to watch the Memphis Grizzlies play the Chicago Bulls. Bruins head coach Roger Franks said he scheduled his team’s game through the help of a friend who works for the Grizzlies, and was excited his players got the chance to watch elite basketball.
I visited the Bruins, who were seated in the nosebleed section, in the second half. Here are some highlights:

 Hunter Henry focusing on football in college

  Henry, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior, is used to playing a pivotal role for the Bruins as the football team’s star tight tend. But in recent weeks, he’s shouldered more of the scoring burden for the basketball team because of teammate Dusty Hannahs’ injury. Henry estimates he has been scoring about 20 points a game and around eight rebounds, and added his favorite NBA player is Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki. “I like to base my game off his. I’m a post man who likes to play out on the court.”
Henry is a high Division I recruit in football, but with his recent on-court success would he consider also playing basketball in college? Nah. He’s almost certainly going to devote himself to football.      “Your time’s so occupied” as a Division I student-athlete, he said. “I’m gonna choose one and do it. Commit my time to it.”

Dusty Hannahs shooting for return to court next week

  Hannahs, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard, was having a memorable senior season – averaging in the upper 20s – before hurting his right wrist six games ago. He hasn’t played since then, but despite his cast has still practiced his dribbling and left-handed (off-hand) perimeter shooting. He’ll return to his doctor Thursday and if the cast is removed, as expected, he should resume playing early next week. Hannahs is burning to get back onto the court after the layoff. But as we watched the Grizzlies pull away from the Bulls, I learned something else motivates him – Sacramento King rookie Jimmer Fredette’s background.
Hannahs said Fredette, the collegiate national player of the year last season at BYU, is one of his favorite players. “He has a killer instinct, he shoots well and is my size,” said Hannahs, a Texas Tech signee. Fredette was a 2-star recruit during high school, just like Hannahs. Dusty knows he has a  2-star ranking (out of a maximum five stars) on rivals.com and scout.com, and allows that to motivate him. “I laugh about it” and then get to working, he added.  When it comes to excelling at a high Division I program and making the NBA, Fredette “shows me that if he can do it, maybe I can too it if continue to work hard.”

 Scalabrine sighting!

  On Monday night, Bruin teammates Hunty Henry and Jack Snider rolled into downtown Memphis and had a little time to enjoy the scenery. They visited Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and Blues City Cafe. At the cafe, the Bruins bumped into some Bulls when Chicago teammates Brian Scalabrine and Omer Asik (pronounced “Ah-shik”) entered. “We talked for a few minutes and got a pic,” Henry recalled. “It was fun.”

National columnist discusses Tyler Wilson’s chances to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy

Now that he's sticking around, how high will Tyler Wilson rise as a Heisman contender?

College football columnist Bruce Feldman’s no stranger to rolling the dice. Last summer, the national writer left a 17-year career at ESPN for CBS amid the controversial aftermath of the release of a memoir from former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach.

He relocated to Los Angeles, where he has a close view of the University of Southern California football team and its star quarterback Matt Barkley. On Thursday, Fayettville, Ark.-based radio show host Bo Mattingly asked who he felt were top contenders for next season’s Heisman Trophy. Feldman could have gone out on a limb by not putting Barkley at the top of his preseason favorites.

He didn’t.

Instead, he said Wilson will contend but said Barkley begins the season with a few advantages. “You’re gonna see Barkley come into next season probably as the favorite. He’s a high profile guy and plays for a high-profile [team] … they’ll probably start off preseason #1 or #2. He’s at a school with a history of producing stars and has, as I mentioned before, two fantastic receivers. He’s gonna put up big numbers.”

“In the case of Tyler Wilson, I think he’s up there with [Oklahoma quarterback] Landry Jones. I think you could put [quarterback] Geno Smith, who’s from West Virginia and gonna come back. He had a huge game against Clemson,” Feldman said on Sports Talk With Bo Mattingly. “They scored 70 points in the Orange Bowl. All his best receivers are back; they should be even better on the offensive line … You’re looking at a guy who’s gonna put up ridiculous numbers.”

Among other possible early-season contenders, Feldman mentioned Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

Mattingly also asked if Arkansas has a strong chance of toppling LSU and Alabama at home next season: “I think so. I really do think so. Alabama, as terrific as they looked on Monday night,  is only returning four starters on both sides of the ball. A key for them is they do have a nucleus of an outstanding offensive line… you know Nick Saban is gonna have a strong defense.”

In the end, though, Feldman predicted the SEC will not win its seventh consecutive national title.

U.S.C. is his pre-pre-preseason favorite.

 

Parkview vs. Hall headlines 7A/6A Friday games

The Friday Night Lights will burn bright between these two Top 5 teams and heated rivals. For sure, guards Anton Beard (left) and Jobe Dillard (right) will be ready. Will you? Photos courtesy of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Tom Harden of Little Rock Hall High

There’s a lot of stuff online about central Arkansas high school basketball. I’m one of the few people eager to actually wade through it all. I did so, and give you essential previews  of Friday’s big games in 6A and 7A:

Hall @ Parkview

As good as it gets in Arkansas hoops. Detailed breakdown at  ARPreps.com Prepscast. Also, Buzz 103.7 FM will broadcast the game as its featured matchup of the week.

[UPDATE – Hall won 63-56. For Hall, Bobby Portis had 14 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Javan Perry (13 pts), Jobe Dillard (11 pts) and Aaron Walton (10 points) make up the other high scorers. Anton Beard led Parkview with 20 points. I.J. Ready started slowly (was defended by Quan Jones) but heated up toward the end, finishing with 17 points. Emanuel Adoyi scored seven points before fouling out]

On Tuesday, Hall (11-3, 2-0) beat Marion 60-49. Arkansas commit Bobby Portis scored 17 points, and Jobe Dillard added 12 points.

Parkview (13-1, 1-1)  lost at home 74-63 to Jacksonville.

 The 74 points are the most the Patriots have allowed this season. No other Arkansas team has scored more than 60 on Parkview (13-1, 1-1) this season.
Jacksonville (11-3, 1-1) led 18-9 after one quarter and 40-23 at halftime.
“I can’t remember when someone jumped on us like that, especially at home,” Parkview Coach Al Flanigan said. “We didn’t play any defense, but I give Coach Joyner’s crew a lot of credit. They played well…  Parkview sophomore Anton Beard led all scorers with 27 points and he also made six steals. Junior guard I.J. Ready was held to 14 points and Emmanuel Adoyi added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. ” – Tim Cooper, via ARPreps.com

Here’s KATV video of Parkview’s I.J. Ready against Jacksonville.

Cabot @ North Little Rock 

Cabot boys (9-2, 0-2) lost 55-52 to Catholic. Fox 16 video highlights from that game here (look at upper right corner)

North Little Rock boys (10-4, 1-1) beat Conway 72-53

Tyree Hollister, who had five 3-pointers, led a balanced North Little Rock attack with 21 points. Thomas Alexander added 12, Cody Ware 11 and Gary Vines 10 … via Conway’s Log Cabin Democrat

Cabot girls (13-4, 2-0) –

[Arkansas signee] Melissa Wolff and the Cabot Lady Panthers warmed up for Friday’s showdown with North Little Rock by winning at Mount St. Mary 66-38 on Tuesday in Little Rock.  Wolff scored a game-high 17 points and came up with five steals and four assists for the No. 5 Lady Panthers – Tim Cooper, ArPreps.com basketball

North Little Rock girls (14-2, 2-0) beat Conway 60-40:

A key for NLR was the defensive play of LaShaun Brooks, who shut down Chambers the second half.

“That was big for us,” said NLR coach Daryl Fimple. “She’s capable of playing that kind of defense.”

Chambers led Conway with 13 points and Foster added 11. Xena King led NLR with 13 points. Lexus Williams had 10 and Kaprecia Slocum nine.” via Conway’s Log Cabin Democrat.

And here’s a KATV video feature on Lexus Williams, the Lady Charging Wildcats’ 6-1 senior who’s committed to Southern Methodist University.

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Megan Herbert: Arkansas Razorbacks’ Loss is UCA Sugar Bears’ Gain

The question begs to be asked.

How does a superstar prep athlete grow up in the backyard of the Razorbacks but not come close to signing with the program? No scholarship offer or even the hint of one?

Such was the case with college junior Megan Herbert, who is taking the University of Central Arkansas basketball program to new heights. Before she was a Sugar Bear, though, the Northwest Arkansas native was raised a Razorback fan. The five-foot-11 power forward starred at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale and played on summer traveling teams for more exposure. In the end, though, she was offered only one scholarship – to UCA. Naturally, Herbert remains grateful.

“I was more than ecstatic to come to UCA,” she says. “It did not hurt my feelings at all” that Arkansas didn’t offer a scholarship, she adds.

The most obvious reason why she likely didn’t offers from bigger programs is size. SEC post players are typically 6-foot-3 and above, and Herbert would likely have had to transform into a wing player (which she played in junior high before shooting up eight inches from 5-feet-3 in the span of a couple years).

“I knew I was undersized,” Herbert says. “I also knew it didn’t matter if I played hard.”

Herbert’s stepfather, Mike Wakefield, says he was surprised Herbert didn’t get more attention from Arkansas and its head coach Tom Collen.  “In all the time she was right here in Arkansas’ backyard, she got one Christmas card from them [as] total recruiting material. She got more from Pat Summitt at Tennessee than she got from Tom Collen at Arkansas.”

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“I think it would be good for both of us.” – Megan Herbert on possibility of UCA-UALR basketball

 The recent football successes of UA and ASU have triggered new rounds of debate whether those teams should play against each other. Still, despite recent strides made by the ASU program, it’s a hypothetical clash unlikely to happen any time soon.
 Following is another possible matchup that’s a lot closer to reality, and could be just as interesting for its colleges’ fans:

  No two women have meant more to basketball in central Arkansas in the last few years than Chastity Reed and Megan Herbert. Reed, who graduated last year, became UALR’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder while leading the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Herbert, a junior, could make a similar splash in UCA’s record books. The Southland Conference Player of the Year is a conference tournament title away from helping UCA crash its first March Madness.
The women’s legacies may end up looking similar on paper, but the players have hardly been more different on the court. Reed, a wing player, dazzled crowds with superior athleticism, a quick crossover and a devastating mid-range game. Herbert is just as skilled but has a much more subtle game, filled with deft high-low passing, flip shots and an almost Tim Duncanesque economy of movement.
Their personalities seem near opposites as well. Always intense, Reed jawed much of the game, as flamboyant as her New Orleans roots. Herbert’s more measured, quick to smile but slow to let her competitiveness boil over in front of fans.  Both women have made their programs extremely proud.
  It’s a shame, though, they never played each other.
The women of UALR and UCA already compete in soccer and volleyball. They should compete in basketball, too.  Herbert agrees: “They have a great program and we’re trying to get our  program where we’re highly recognized in the state, too. I think it would be good for both of us.”

Kenoy Kennedy lays into Cotton Bowl, home life, Tim Tebow and proper form tackling

The term "decleat" was created for guys like Kenoy.

The last time Razorback fans saw safety Kenoy Kennedy in an Arkansas uniform, he was camping out in the Texas Longhorns’ backfield during the 2000 Cotton Bowl, clearing out the sinuses of anything wearing orange.

In that game, Kennedy led a defense which racked up eight sacks while holding Texas to minus-27 yards, an all-time low. Both Longhorn quarterbacks – Major Applewhite and Chris Sims – were injured.

It was one of the finest defensive performances in Cotton Bowl history.

On Thursday, the good folks from “The Zone” at Buzz 103.7 sat down with Dallas native Kennedy, who was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played seven years in total with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions.

He’s going to attend the Cotton Bowl: “I’m kind of fired up about it. I was online and somehow my mouse got to clicking and I ended up on a Kansas State blog. And man, they talk so bad about us. I was in my office just sweating. My fists was balled up. I had to remind myself these are only words. I had to shut my computer down and had to walk out.”

Here are other highlights from that interview:

1. PROPER TACKLING IN NFL: Kenoy says it’s near impossible to practice proper form tackling. “Guys are so big and strong and when they’re running that fast and the ball’s coming in as fast as they are, you just try to put whatever you can on the guy. You can teach proper form, but when everything’s happening so fast, no body hardly makes the perfect tackle. You try to get the guy on the ground anyway you can or you won’t be able to play long.”

2. KIDDING AROUND: His wife attended U of Texas. “We’re not going to hold that against her,” Kenoy says. They have two sons, ages six and three. The children haven’t been playing pee-wee football, but the oldest one does play soccer. “He’s got to get his footwork right,” Kenoy says.

3. AFTER HE WAS RELEASED FOUR YEARS AGO: “Once I was done, I was done. I stopped playing Madden games. I didn’t want none of it.” Slowly, his love of NFL football is returning, though. He plays fantasy football, and is trying to watch more.

4. NO OFFENSE TAKEN: Texas A&M, Kansas and Baylor were some of the schools recruiting him as an offensive player out of high school. Only Arkansas wanted him to play defense.

5. WILL TIM TEBOW GET BACK HIS MOJO?: “It’s gonna be hard to win on a constant basis, especially when you get to the playoffs. You have to be able to throw the ball, and throwing the ball for 50-60 yards a game, that’s not gonna win in the playoffs.

Listen to The Zone’s interview with Kennedy in its entirety here. At 20 min., Kennedy’s anectode about a ferocious hit he made in college is hilarious.

Later, in the NFL, he’d get in trouble for such hits:

October, 2002 – Denver Broncos safety Kenoy Kennedy (Arkansas Razorbacks) was suspended without pay for one game for a helmet-to- helmet hit that left Miami Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers with a concussion. 
    Chambers was hurt in the second quarter of the Dolphins’ 24- 22 victory Sunday, when he reached for a pass from quarterback Jay Fiedler and was hit in the head by Kennedy
    Kennedy receives $430,000 in base salary and will lose one game check, equivalent to $26,875. 
    Kennedy was called for a personal foul. Chambers lay on the ground for several minutes and needed help leaving the field. 
    It wasn’t the first time Kennedy was disciplined by the league this season.The Broncos’ strong safety was fined $7,500 for a hit on the St. Louis Rams’ Isaac Bruce on Sept. 8 and another $10,000 last week for a hit on San Diego Chargers running back Fred McCrary. The league warned Kennedy that future hits similar to the one on McCrary could lead to a suspension. – from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Press Services