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Speed has never been an issue for Chiefs rookie DB Chandler Fenner

Posted Jul 14, 2012

Fenner was a dual-athlete in track and football at Holy Cross

#48 Chandler Fenner — Defensive Back — Holy Cross

Pre-KC:

Fenner (6-1, 189 lbs.) played in 44 games at Holy Cross (MA) and tallied 158 career tackles. In 2011, he ranked fourth on the team with 68 total tackles. He also forced two fumbles and had two interceptions while starting all 11 games during his senior season.

Must-See Stat:

Seven seconds. That’s how long it took Fenner to run 60 meters — or just over 65 yards — in a straight line at the Indoor Patriot League Championships. If Fenner maintained that pace, he could run from end zone to end zone at Arrowhead Stadium in just under 13 seconds.

Chiefs Nation Should Know:

Nine-year old Chandler Fenner asked if he could try football before youth league track began. His father, Maurice, had a quick response. 

“He told me ‘speed kills,’” said Fenner. “Speed makes all the difference. And that’s the same message I’ve been getting up here (as a member of the Chiefs).”

Fenner’s greatest asset on the football field is his speed. But the Virginia native didn’t cultivate that skill on the football field. Fenner played four years as a defensive back, but doubled as a standout sprinter and jumper on the Holy Cross (MA) track team.

Fenner continued running in college after a decorated youth and high school track career. At the 2011 Patriot League Indoor championship, the Virginia native placed ninth in the 200-meter dash, 11th in 60-meter dash and long jump, and 12th in the triple jump. He also ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team that placed sixth at the 2011 Patriot League outdoor championship.

Pro scouts noticed Fenner after he translated his greatest asset—speed—onto a football field. As a Crusader, he finished the 2011-2012 season ranked second in the Patriot League in passes defended (14). And at the end of the season, Fenner was named first team All-Patriot League for the second straight year and earned second team All-ECAC honors for his play at cornerback.

Fenner’s football abilities and straight-line speed were both put to the test during minicamp.  And on one play during passing drills, the rookie corner showed that having his dual background would help at the NFL level.

Fellow rookie Devon Wylie faked just enough for Chandler Fenner to think he was cutting his route short. When Fenner bit on what he thought was a curl route, the rookie wide receiver ran right by him on a fly route up the sideline.

Wylie was wide open as a pass sailed his way. But Fenner recovered, closing in on Wylie in seconds to tip the ball and prevent what looked like a certain completion.

Fenner jogged back to the huddle after the play, but remembered his father’s brief pep talk at the onset of his football career.

“That play down the sidelines,” Fenner recalled after that minicamp practice. “Speed made the difference. That’s a play I think I can make every time.”

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