Running Backs Coach
12th Year as a Coach
First Year at Arizona
Bobby Kennedy, 34, joined the Arizona staff in mid-December 2000 and has helped head coach John Mackovic establish solid footing in the running game. With a bevy of talent returning from last season's team, the Wildcats also inked the state of Arizona's best prep running back prospect in Mike Bell. Prior to coming to the desert southwest, Kennedy spent the last six seasons as running backs (1999-00) and receivers (1995-98) coach at Wake Forest.
At Wake, Kennedy guided Morgan Kane to the third-best rushing career in school history. In his senior season, Kane rushed for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Demon Deacons. In 2000, Kennedy led a pair of underclassmen to the eighth and ninth-best rushing totals in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore Tarence Williams gained 661 yards in 11 games, averaging 5.1 yards per carry while scoring seven touchdowns. Freshman Anthony Young rushed for 455 yards on only 79 carries in his first season with Wake Forest. His 5.8 yards per carry average was the best among the top 10 rushers in the ACC.
His work with the receivers in Winston-Salem produced a number of impressive pass catchers. Kennedy tutored Desmond Clark, the leading receiver in Atlantic Coast Conference history and Jammie Deese, who ranked second in the ACC in receiving in 1998.
Prior to his days at Wake, he was the wide receivers coach on Joe Tiller's staff at Wyoming and was tight ends coach for Joe Paterno at Penn State in 1992.
At Wyoming, he coached All-Americans Ryan Yarborough, the nation's second-leading receiver in 1993, and Marcus Harris, who led the nation in receiving yards per game in 1994 and was the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver.
At Penn State in 1992, he coached All-Americans Troy Drayton and Kyle Brady, the latter a first- round NFL draft selection by the New York Jets.
A 1989 graduate of Northern Colorado University, Kennedy began his coaching career at Boulder, Colo., High School and became a college coach as a graduate assistant for two seasons on Coach Mackovic's staff at Illinois. Kennedy is married to the former LaShonda Lawrence of Jacksonville, N.C.
The Kennedy File
|Full Name:||Robert John Kennedy|
|Date of Birth:||Dec. 13, 1966|
|Recruiting Areas:||Los Angeles, Colorado|
|Bowl Experience:||1999 Aloha Bowl (with Wake Forest); 1993 Copper Bowl (with Wyoming); 1992 Blockbuster Bowl (with Penn State); 1991 John Hancock Bowl, 1990 Hall of Fame (both with Illinois).|