PRO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Played in seven contests as a rookie in 2015, seeing time primarily on special teams. Dressed but did not play in one game and was inactive for the other eight games (healthy scratch).
  • Appeared in one postseason game and registered a tackle on special teams.
  • Was drafted by Green Bay with the third of three sixth-round selections (No. 213 overall), the second of two compensatory choices awarded to the team in the 2015 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE

Played in 48 games with 37 starts, finishing with 96 catches for 979 yards (10.2 avg.) and seven TDs…Recorded at least one catch in 25 of his final 26 games…Majored in financial management…Senior season (2014): Set career highs in starts (12), receptions (team-high 39) and receiving yards (399)…Also finished with three receiving TDs…Registered at least one catch in all 12 games…Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors…Named to the preseason and midseason watch lists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end…Was invited to the College Gridiron Showcase Game in Arlington, Texas, following the season…Led the team with four receptions for 43 yards (10.8 avg.) vs. Troy (Aug. 30) and tied his career high with two TD grabs…Totaled a career-high 80 receiving yards on a team-leading five receptions (16.0 avg.) vs. Alabama A&M (Sept. 13)…Had 72 receiving yards on three receptions (24.0 avg.) vs. North Texas (Oct. 11), including a career-long 43-yard catch…Registered a career-best seven receptions for 70 yards (10.0 avg.) vs. Marshall (Nov. 22)…Junior season (2013): Started eight of 12 games played and finished No. 4 on the team with 28 receptions for 302 yards (10.8 avg.) and two TDs…Earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the second time…Recorded season highs with five receptions for 62 yards (12.4 avg.) and one TD vs. Northwestern State (Sept. 21)…Tied his season high for receptions with five for 57 yards (11.4 avg.) vs. Florida Atlantic (Oct. 5)…Sophomore season (2012): Played in all 12 games with eight starts and was tied for No. 5 on the team with 23 receptions for 235 yards (10.2 avg.)…Was tied for the team lead with a career-best four TD catches…Registered one or more receptions in 10 of 12 games…Named honorable mention All-Conference USA…Caught two passes for 17 yards (8.5 avg.) vs. East Carolina (Oct. 20), includng his first career TD to give UAB a 28-27 lead early in the fourth quarter…Recorded two receptions for 21 yards (10.5 avg.) and a career-best two TDs at Tulane (Oct. 27)…Posted season highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (78) at UCF (Nov. 24)…Freshman season (2011): Played in all 12 contests, starting eight, and recorded six receptions for 43 yards (7.2 avg.)…Was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

PERSONAL

Given name Kennard Chike Backman…First name is pronounced kuh-NARD…Born in Atlanta, Ga. …Single…Serves as a barber for friends and family…High school: Attended Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Ga., part of the metro-Atlanta area…Played wide receiver, tight end, defensive end and linebacker…Named second-team all-state by The Associated Press as a tight end and honorable mention all-state as a defensive lineman by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior…Finished the 2010 season with 39 receptions for 494 yards (12.7 avg.) and five TDs on offense and 73 tackles with seven sacks on defense…Ranked as the No. 36 prospect in Georgia by Scout.com…Was one of 21 players nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Team from the state of Georgia…Was a first-team all-state selection as a junior in 2009, earning accolades at tight end by AP and as a defensive lineman by the AJC…Also earned all-state honors as a junior by the Georgia Sports Writers Association…Registered 33 receptions for 487 yards (14.8 avg.) with three TDs as a junior…Community involvement: Read books to kids at local elementary schools while in college…Residence: Atlanta