Former Lions standout ready for NFL

Kerry Wynn (r) is currently training in Pensacola for the National Football League Combine which will be held in late February. Photo courtesy of University of Richmond Athletic Program

Kerry Wynn (r) is currently training in Pensacola for the National Football League Combine which will be held in late February. Photo courtesy of University of Richmond Athletic Program

A little more than four years ago, football standout Kerry Wynn graduated from Louisa County High School as a 6’3, 192-pound middle linebacker ready to take the next step in his pigskin career at the University of Richmond.

If you can believe it, Wynn’s steps have gotten even bigger. Now departing the Spiders program as a 6’5, 270-pound defensive lineman, Wynn is preparing to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft in May.

Wynn participated in the 89th annual East-West Shrine Bowl, a postseason all-star game for college seniors across the country, on Saturday. Jan. 18, showcasing the physical gifts that have pro scouts buzzing. Wynn, who unofficially recorded four tackles in the game, was able to compete against players from schools such as Stanford and Notre Dame en route to his East team’s 23-13 victory.

“I didn’t play perfect, but I definitely left my mark,” Wynn said of his performance. “I felt I made some plays in some one-on-one battles. I know it was a good opportunity. Me being a guy coming from a smaller school, I knew I was going to get to play against some of the best guys in the country. I was really excited.”

Wynn’s performance puts an end to an outstanding collegiate career. Wynn started for the Spiders on the defensive line all four years of his career and was twice named to the All-CAA team. So far, Wynn has taken the versatile athleticism that he showed at Louisa – where he starred on the football field, basketball court and track – and through a combination of hard work and determination, molded himself into a world-class sportsman.

“Coming out of high school, I was a tall but thin guy,” Wynn said. “I knew I had some athletic ability, and I knew that if I was willing to put the work in, it would work out for me, and it did.”

And with the NFL Draft approaching in April, Wynn has shifted his already impressive workout-regimen into top gear. Wynn is currently conditioning at the Athletic Performance Institute in Pensacola, Florida, where for five or six days a week, his world revolves around training. During those days, Wynn said he dedicates nearly eight hours to conditioning, drills and film study.

It’s a work ethic that for some seems supernatural. For Wynn, he said the desire to succeed despite coming from a small town began in high school when he first stepped on the gridiron and continued while playing at Richmond.

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 23 edition of The Central Virginian.

By tcvnews
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:00 am