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Old 08-28-2004   #6
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Originally Posted by Mistril48
Wasn't there a character issue with Starling?
You know, I've never heard anything about a character issue with Kendrick. He bounced around college because of grades/test scores, that's why he's a little older (24) than most rookies. The Texans bio on Starling has him as active in Boys & Girls clubs.

Here's the HPF Bio on Kendrick:
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WR Kendrick Starling, San Jose State. Starling was an all-everything prospect at Marshall (Texas) High School, but academic shortcomings forced him to Navarro Junior College. He became a junior college All-American and rewrote the conference record book in his two seasons at Navarro, averaging over 20 yards per catch. Starling then signed with and enrolled at Marshall University, which makes one wonder if he realized that the school is in West Virginia, and not his northeast Texas hometown. Again he failed to qualify under NCAA rules, so he moved on to a California junior college (where he did not play football) and then transferred to San Jose State. He flashed his great talent at the I-A level, but, in part due to injury, did not put up big numbers. Starling also returned kickoffs at San Jose State. He is a vertical receiver who fits the Texans' offense.
Here's a little part of an interview with Starling from Longview News-Journal:
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“The thing about the Texans is it’s a good program with great coaches, surrounded by a group of really good guys. I had heard things that because I wasn’t drafted they wouldn’t accept me and I wouldn’t be able to get close to anyone, but that wasn’t the case at all.

“I’ve gotten a lot of good positive things from positive people. What I ’m looking forward to playing is a little bit as a receiver, but mostly as a special teams player. Because I’m not as familiar with the offense, they want me as a specialist, from punt returns to blocking punts. They’re trying to keep me on the field, because the thing I excel in is my speed. My ability to get down the field ... whatever I can do to help.”
From everything I've seen or heard, Starling seems to be a good guy. His problem has been not being in one place long enough to develop. Really, Kendrick is a poster boy for why the NFL came up with the developmental squad. But his attitude regarding what he has to do to help the team may be the difference from the practice squad to the 53 man roster.
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