Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins — No. 85 — has learned to separate himself. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)
NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas
Whether it was the hard Miami neighborhood of Liberty City he grew up in, or the defensive backs on the football field, undrafted New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has spent his life trying to separate.
And after seven arrests and three high school expulsions before the age of 19, the 6’0”, 195-pounder finally clutched his chance to do so.
He travelled west to El Camino College in 2008, where amassed 111 receptions for 1,766 yards and 14 touchdowns over two seasons of junior college competition. Then he travelled north to the University of Cincinnati, where he amassed 78 catches for 1,077 yards and four scores over two seasons of Division I competition.
He stood out. But on Sept. 29 of 2012, the then-senior did more than stand out. He put together the greatest performance of his FBS college career. (more…)