Kenny Cook played college ball at Gardner-Webb from 2012-2014 after transferring from Garden City Junior College. Playing wide receiver for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, Kenny finished tied for 3rd in school history with 188 career receptions to go along with 2432 yards and 21 TDs. He had 10 career 100 yard games, and averaged the highest number of catches per game in school history (5.7). Kenny’s best year came in 2013, when he caught 76 passes for 1008 yards and 9 TDs. He also set a conference record with 251 yards receiving (12 catches, 2 TDs) in a double overtime win over VMI in 2014. Cook finished his career with numerous honors including being a 2013 FCS All-American, a 3 Time All-Big South Player, and a 2014 Walter Payton Watchlist nominee.
Going unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft, Kenny was signed as an UDFA by the Kansas City Chiefs bouncing on and off their practice squad for the remainder of the year. He’d be signed to a futures contract in 2016 by the team, but sustained a torn quadriceps in camp. Kenny was cut in 2017 is currently a free agent.
Samkon Gado is one of those rare athletes who wasn’t really on the radar of scouts going into his final year playing college ball. In fact he was looking forward more to becoming a doctor than playing football, but as fate would have it, nearly the entire Liberty runningback corps was depleted, and Samkon stepped in and ran for 901 yards on 138 carries, scoring 11 TDs in 9 games.
It was all about being at the right place, at the right time for Samkon, and it seemed that scouts identified his intangible talent for rising to the occasion. After going undrafted in 2005, he was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad for a brief time. A month or two later, he was signed by the Packers. Then nearly the entire runningback stable went down one by one due to injury. First Ahman Green, then Najeh Davenport, and then finally Tony Fisher.
Gado saw extensive playing time in their absence after taking the starting runningback role. He’d have 3 100 yard efforts during the season, and set a franchise rookie record rushing for 171 yards against the Lions. Ultimately he too would end his season on injured reserve.
With new management in town for 2006, the Packers traded Gado to the Houston Texans after Week 1 of the season for Vernand Morency. The Texans were shoring up their runningback depth behind Ron Dayne and Wali Lundy. During the season he’d pitch back to back 60 yard efforts against Jacksonville and Buffalo.
In 2007, Ahman Green also joined the Texans runningback committee, and was the starter above Dayne. Gado beat out Lundy to make the final squad, scoring his first TD with the Texans in the season opener against the Colts.
He’d be cut at the end of October, and signed with the Miami Dolphins, after starting RB Ronnie Brown went down. Again, backup Ricky Williams, then himself also was fallen by injury, so Samkon had to step in again. He’d help contribute to the Dolphins only win on the 2007 season.
Samkon then played for the St. Louis Rams over the next two seasons, but saw little action outside of special teams. In 2010 he signed with the Tennessee Titans but did not make the final roster.
Samkon finished his medical degree and now is a doctor at Saint Louis University Hospital as part of the Otolaryngology program.
David Wells played college ball for the San Diego State Spartans. At 6’6″, 256, Wells certainly fits the mold that teams are going for now with tight ends being used as an in-line blocker. A reliable asset in the run game, during college, Wells helped block up front for the nation’s leading rusher Rashaad Penny. He played 4 years for the Spartans, recording his best year as a receiver in 2016 when he had 25 receptions for 294 yards and 4 TDs. Although he didn’t really have a career that statistically jumps out, Wells drew interest from a few teams following the 2018 draft. He’d sign as a priority free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, but not make the squad. David was quickly snapped up by the Kansas City Chiefs and placed on their practice squad.
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