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While the average college football fan might not recognize his name, pro scouts are well aware of the pass catching ability that the Wolves' towering tight end can bring to the National Football League next season. Kevin is a huge target for the short area passing game and has proven to be one of the most sure-handed receivers at his position eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. Many experts say that his clutch receiving skills remind them of former Oakland Raiders standout, Dave Casper.
Prior to enrolling at Western Oregon, Kevin was a standout tight end during his three seasons with the varsity at Philomath High School. He was an honorable mention All-State Class 3A choice as a senior, adding first-team All-ValCo League accolades. He was a second-team All-League choice as a tight end and defensive end during his junior year. He also played in the East-West Shrine Game in Baker.
Boss lettered three times in basketball as a center. He led the team to the state title in 2002, picking up honorable mention All-State and All-League first-team accolades as a senior. During his junior campaign, Kevin was awarded second-team All-League honors.
Kevin enrolled at Western Oregon in 2002, spending the season as a redshirt on the scout team. He earned a starting job at tight end in 2003, appearing in the team's first six games before missing the final four contests while battling mononucleosis. He earned second-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors, as he made nine catches for 60 yards (6.7 avg) and one touchdown. He also recovered a fumble.
In 2004, Boss contributed as a multi-sport athlete for the Wolves. The first-team All-GNAC and All-Region tight end started all team games, registering 39 catches for 506 yards (13.0 avg) and five touchdowns on the gridiron. On the basketball court, he averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds a contest in 26 games.
Kevin continued to compete in both sports during the 2005 season. He started eleven games at tight end, picking up first-team All-American, All-Region and All-GNAC honors. He finished second on the team with a career-high 53 receptions for 621 yards (11.7 avg) and eight touchdowns. He also returned one punt for 13 yards, recorded four solo tackles and recovered one fumble. In 27 games with the hoops squad, Boss averaged 3.5 points per game, pulled down 90 rebounds and led the Wolves with seventeen blocked shots.
In 33 games at Western Oregon, Kevin started 31 times. He made 134 catches for 1590 yards (11.9 avg) and nineteen touchdowns. He was credited with five solo tackles, recovered a pair of fumbles and gained 13 yards on one punt return.
Positives: Has a solidly-built frame with room to add at least another ten pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness…Has very well-defined muscles, good bubble, thick thighs and calves, good arm length and large hands…Comes off the line with his pads low and hands extended to jolt and shock the defender to get a clean release off the jam…Demonstrates the hand/eye coordination and natural hands to look the ball in and the leaping ability to get to the throw at its high point…Looks very fluid with good balance throughout his route progression and is quick to uncover…Can separate in the short area and has the valid speed to elude second level defenders and threaten the secondary…Despite his size, he is slippery enough to avoid the jam and has the hip snap to side-step linebackers trying to reroute him…Won't explode off the line, but has the valid speed to gobble up the cushion and surprise the lethargic safety when challenging the deep zone…Uses his size well to shade defenders and does a very nice job of adjusting his routes to set up the defender…By being a long strider, he doesn't appear fast at first coming off the line, but he will surprise a defender when he builds to top acceleration to ride up on his opponent… Flashes the ability to defeat the jam with his feet and maintains his acceleration throughout the routes…Good at uncovering coming off the line and shows the lateral range to escape and get up field.
He can also reach and seal a nine-tech…Has the ability to leverage and weave, stick his feet in the ground and create separation by using his power and frame…Shows the power to break tackles and the stride to separate after the catch…His separation quickness turns defenders out of their backpedal too early and his leg drive is evident when he maintains balance and bounces off when he makes the initial collision with his opponent…Demonstrates good awareness of the sticks and good balance running down the sidelines…Able to maintain position parking over the middle of the field and uses his arms well to get a good push off the defender while maintaining eye contact on the ball in flight…Physical receiver with enough strength to out-battle the defender for the ball and does a good job of looking the ball in over his outside shoulder…Does a fine job of adjusting and contorting his frame to get to the off-target throws and has the balance to maintain his stride when turning up field after the catch…Alert to coverages and has the awareness to locate open lanes…Has made great strides in timing his leap to get to the ball at its highest point and turn suddenly to run with the ball after the catch, thanks largely to his above average balance…Shows proper arm extension to reach for the ball at its high point and the soft hands to look the ball in away from his frame…Has been tackled for a loss only two times on 134 receptions and shows the leg drive to consistently break tackles…With his size and power, he is simply too much to tackle in one-on-one situations…Lowers his pads and squares his shoulders well to simply obliterate the smaller defensive backs that dare to get in his way.
Negatives: Does well in school and is a minimal reps type, but because of time away playing basketball, he still needs to learn the intricacies of the game…More of a power-oriented type rather than one who will explode off the ball, but he uses his hands effectively to escape the jam…Has very good timed speed for his position, but you would want to see him use it to explode off the line more often…Shows crisp plant-&-drive agility to come out of his breaks cleanly, but has not had enough coaching in proper route running…Needs to be more precise with his cuts (takes some soft angle ones), but is very effective on outs and crossing patterns…Will sometimes run into spots in the zone, but generally knows where to settle…Generates a strong hand punch to avoid the jam, but needs to work on better hand placement when blocking in-line (short arms at times)… Takes some soft angle cuts, making him late at times when asked to neutralize a line-backer up field…Also needs to work on improving his foot technique when trying to sustain.
Kevin's 134 receptions rank sixth in school history behind Brad Satran (161, 2000-03),Cam Frickey (156, 1992-96), Tyler Knudsen (153, 2004-06), Mike Hinshaw (140, 2000-03) and Chris Doran (136, 1996-99)…His 1,590 yards receiving placed him eighth in school history, topped only by Chris Doran (3,006 yards, 1996-99), Mike Hinshaw (2,469; 2000-03), Brad Satran (2,263; 2000-03), Mark Smith (2,074; 1975-78), Cam Frickey (1,968; 1992-96), Tom McCartney (1,736; 1978-80) and Derrick Miles (1,648; 1997-2000)…His nineteen touchdown catches rank fourth in Western Oregon annals, surpassed only by Chris Doran (32, 1996-99), Mark Smith (27, 1975-78) and Mike Hinshaw (21, 2000-03)…His fourteen scoring grabs in Great Northwest Athletic Conference competition rank tied for ninth in league history…Kevin's 53 receptions in 2005 are topped only by Cam Frickey (72 in 1996), Brad Satran (71 in 2003, 56 in 2002), Tyler Knudsen (62 in 2005 and 57 in 2006), Derrick Miles (60 in 2000) and Steve McElravy (59 in 1970) on the school's season-record list.
His eight touchdown catches in 2008 placed him fifth on the Wolves' season-record chart behind Mark Smith (11 in 1978), Chris Doran (10 in 1996), Ron Mobley (9 in 1985) and Cary Gaylord (9 in 1985)…Kevin's eleven receptions vs. Western Washington in 2004 rank sixth on the school's game-record list, topped by Cam Frickey (16 vs. Central Washington, 1996 and 12 vs. Chico State, 1996), Jeff Murphy (14 vs. Western Washington, 1995), Jeff Matsuzaki (13 vs. Southern Oregon, 1989) and Tom McCartney (12 vs. Linfield, 1979)…His three touch-down catches vs. Central Washington in 2005 are surpassed only by Wyman Gernhart (4 vs. Lower Columbia, 1957) on Western Oregon's game-record chart…Caught an amazing 134 of the 161 passes targeted to him (83.2%), as eight of those passes were deflected by the opposition…Of his 134 grabs, 92 resulted in first downs…Helped convert 30-of-63 third-down plays and 1-of-3 fourth-down plays…Fifteen of his catches were for 20 yards or longer…Hauled in nineteen of his receptions inside the red zone…Had big catches that set up 36 touchdown drives and three more that ended with field goals…Was tackled for a loss only two times during his career…Caught at least two passes in each of his final 24 games.
Little All-American Dream Team and All-Independent selection by The NFL Draft Report, despite missing his final four games with a left shoulder labrum tear that required surgery…Rated the best tight end prospect in the country below the Division 1-A ranks by that scouting service…Earned Academic All-District VII honors from ESPN…Added All-Independent first-team accolades from D2Football.com…Started the team's first six games…Despite sitting out four games, he still finished second on the team with 33 receptions for 403 yards (12.2 avg) and five touchdowns…His average of 5.5 receptions per game led the NCAA Division II tight ends and placed him third among all collegiate tight ends behind Ben Patrick of Division 1-AA Delaware (5.8 rpg) and Andrew Neumann of Division III Augsburg (7.4 rpg)…Also made one solo tackle…Had six of 45 passes targeted to him deflected by the opposition…20 of his receptions resulted in first downs, as he converted 6-of-10 third-down plays…Three of his catches were for 20 yards or longer and he made four of his grabs inside the red zone…Had big catches that set up ten touchdown drives and two others that produced field goals…Also fumbled once and was tackled behind the line of scrimmage once.
All-American first-team selection by Daktronics, adding second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and Football Gazette...All-Region and All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first-team choice...Led the Division II tight ends with an average of 4.82 receptions per game...Finished second on the team with 53 catches for 621 yards (11.7 avg) and eight touchdowns...His 53 grabs rank fourth on the school's season-record list while his eight scoring grabs rank fifth...Eight of the 81 passes targeted to him were deflected by the opposition and Kevin also fumbled once...41 of his receptions resulted in first downs, as he converted 15-of-27 third-down plays and 1-of-2 on fourth-down...Had five catches for 20 yards or longer...Made ten catches inside the red zone and came up with big plays that set up fifteen touchdown drives and one more that ended with a field goal...Was tackled for a loss for the first time in his career...Also recorded four solo tackles with a fumble recovery and returned one punt 13 yards.
Kevin earned first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors...Added All-Region first-team honors from Football Gazette and Daktronics...He started every game, ranking second on the team with 39 receptions for 506 yards (13.0 avg) and five touch-downs...Of the 60 passes targeted to him, four were deflected by the opposition while 28 others produced first downs...Converted 9-of-22 third-down plays and had seven catches for 20 yards or longer...Five of his receptions came inside the red zone...Had big catches that set up nine touchdown drives.
2004 HIGHLIGHTS Willamette...Opened the season with six catches for 67 yards. Five of those grabs resulted in first downs, as he converted two third-down plays...Head to Head Competition-SS#12-Phil Sweet-Four tackles, 55-yard interception return.
South Dakota State...his only catch was good for 24 yards in the third quarter...Head to Head Competition-SS#39-John Perry-Two solo tackles, one fumble recovery.
Humboldt State...Added 51 yards on a pair of catches, including a 46-yarder in the fourth quarter...Head to Head Competition-SS#24-Kyle Killingsworth-Fifteen tackles (11 solos), one pass deflection.
Western Washington...Kevin hauled in a career-high eleven passes, including six for first downs, as three of those grabs converted third-down plays. He also gained a career-high 157 yards with two touchdowns...Boss was penalized 16 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after he failed to catch a first-&-goal pass in the second quarter, but made up for that miscue with a 28-yard reception that set up a 15-yard touchdown run by James Watts that capped a 9-play, 79-yard drive in the third quarter...He added a 21-yard snatch, followed by a 19-yard touchdown on a third-&-3 pass from QB Denny Bies in the fourth quarter...He also hauled in a third-&-5 pass from Bies for a 20-yard touchdown in over-time...In the second overtime stanza, his 19-yard catch of a third-&-8 throw set up a 4-yard scoring lob from Bies to Bret Hughes...Record Watch- Kevin's eleven receptions rank sixth on the school's game-record list, topped by Cam Frickey (16 vs. Central Washington, 1996 and 12 vs. Chico State, 1996), Jeff Murphy (14 vs. Western Washington, 1995), Jeff Matsuzaki (13 vs. Southern Oregon, 1989) and Tom McCartney (12 vs. Linfield, 1979)... Head to Head Competition-SS#40-Rob White-Eleven tackles (6 solos), one interception.
Humboldt State...Boss collected 82 yards with two touchdowns, as all five of his catches produced first downs. Three of those grabs converted third-down plays and two others came inside the red zone...He scored on a third-&-9 toss from Denny Bies for a 19-yard touchdown in the first quarter...Boss grabbed a third-&-12 crossing pattern for 18 yards, followed by an 11-yarder that set up a 10-yard touchdown toss from Denny Bies to Luke Carter that ended a 13-play, 74-yard drive in the second quarter...He added another touch-down on a 13-yard third-&-11 catch with 4:47 left in the first half...Humboldt's Justin Graham was penalized for interfering on a first-&-goal pass intended for Kevin, setting up a 1-yard scoring plunge by Kyle Blank in the fourth quarter...Head to Head Competition-SS#5-Eli Curtis-Six tackles (4 solos).
Central Washington...Boss finished the season with eight receptions, including five that produced first downs, gaining 68 yards with a touchdown...His 16-yarder in the fourth quarter kept a 5-play, 71-yard drive alive that Kevin capped with a 4-yard touchdown on a first-&-goal toss from Denny Bies...Head to Head Competition-SS#1-Mike Morris-Three tackles (2 solos), one fumble recovery.
All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference second-team selection, despite missing the team's final four games due to mononucleosis...Started four of six games he played in, finishing with nine receptions for 60 yards (6.7 avg) and a touchdown...Also recovered one fumble...Three of his catches were good for first downs...Turned the ball over once on a fumble...Wore jersey #87 in 2003, switching to #11 prior to the 2004 campaign.
Kevin lettered twice as a forward on the Western Oregon basketball team...Averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, starting eight of 53 contests...Led the team with 17 blocked shots during the 2005-06 campaign.
2005-06 Season...Played in 27 games, starting three times...Led the team with seventeen blocked shots...Scored 96 points (3.6 avg) while making 40-of-74 field goals (54.1%) and hauled down 90 rebounds (3.3 avg) while also registering 20 steals...In only seventeen minutes, Kevin scored ten points on 5-of-7 field goals and had seven rebounds vs. Warner Pacific...Hit on all three field goal tries and produced two rebounds vs. Seattle Pacific and scored six points with six rebounds vs. the University of the Great Pacific...Had five rebounds and six points vs. Northwest Nazarene and nine rebounds (seven defensive) along with eight points vs. Humboldt State...Facing Humboldt State for a second time, he snared seven rebounds with two blocked shots and two points...Had five defensive rebounds vs. Alaska Fairbanks and nine rebounds (four offensive) with two blocked shots and ten points, hitting on 4-of-7 field goals vs. Saint Martin's University.
2004-05 Season...Started five of 26 games, connecting on 28-of-57 field goals (49.1%) with 51 rebounds (2.0 avg), four blocked shots and ten steals...Scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Cal State-Stanislaus game...Followed with five points and five rebounds in only sixteen minutes of action vs. Alaska Anchorage...Added four rebounds vs. Northwest Christian and produced five rebounds with three points vs. Humboldt State...Scored six points and three rebounds in twelve minutes vs. Western Washington.
2003: Suffered a right fibula fracture in April camp, but was fully recovered by the start of the season...Sat out the final four games of the season vs. Western New Mexico, Central Washington, Humboldt State and Western Washington games due to mononucleosis.
2006: Suffered a deep left thigh bruise during April camp that prevented him from running on Pro Day...Sat out the final four games vs. Southern Oregon, Western Washington, Dixie State and Humboldt State after he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder making a catch late in the Central Washington game. Underwent surgery several days later.
2006: Senior season ended after just six games with a shoulder injury.
Campus: 4.63 in the 40-yard dash…355 bench press…Bench presses 225 pounds 19 times…500-pound squat…325-pound power clean…35.5-inch vertical jump…10'0" broad jump…33 ¼-inch arm length…9 ¾-inch hands…Left-handed…17/25 Wonderlic score.
Physical Education major, with a minor in Business, earning Academic All-District VIII honors with a 3.2 grade point average...Older brother, Terry, played soccer at the University of Tulsa...Son of Teresa and Bob Boss...Born 1/11/84 in Corvallis, Oregon... Resides in Philomath, Oregon.
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02/21/13 - TE Kevin Boss was waived by the Chiefs, with the designation of failing to disclose a medical condition. He finished last season on IR due to a concussion.
10/03/12 - TE Kevin Boss saw his season come to an end because of a concussion he suffered on September 16 against Buffalo. Boss walked off the field under his own power that day, but did not return to the field for practice or a game, as team doctors would not clear him to return to action.
10/03/12 - TE Kevin Boss saw his season come to an end because of a concussion he suffered on Sept. 16 against Buffalo. Boss walked off the field under his own power that day, but did not return to the field for practice or a game, as team doctors would not clear him to return to action.
10/01/12 - TE Kevin Boss missed his second game due to the head injury he suffered in Buffalo on September 16. Boss has yet to return to practice.
10/01/12 - TE Kevin Boss appears to be headed for another week off the practice field from the concussion he sustained on September 16 in Buffalo. Boss walked off the field that day, but has not return to practice or even the team's rehab area since.