Ex-Northwestern State WR Kendrick Price, DB Donovan Duvernay headed to NFL rookie mini-camps

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Kendrick Price
Kendrick Price breaks free on the game-clinching 29-yard touchdown catch against McNeese in November 2021 (Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services).

NATCHITOCHES – A longstanding relationship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Northwestern State football team grew deeper this weekend.

The Chiefs invited former NSU receiver Kendrick Price to their rookie mini-camp, which runs Thursday through Saturday.

Price capped his Northwestern State career with a two-touchdown game in a win at McNeese on Nov. 20, moving him into a tie for 11th place on the Demons’ all-time touchdown reception list.

A Lindale, Texas, product, Price caught 66 passes for 919 yards and 11 touchdowns during his career. As a senior, Price shared the team lead in touchdown receptions (5) and was second on the team in receiving yards (430).

The Chiefs selected one receiver – Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore – among their 10 draft picks in the three-day event, which ran April 28-30.

Price joins former Demon Barry Rubin, the Chiefs strength and conditioning coach, in Kansas City. The Chiefs and Demons are forever linked by their connection to Joe Delaney, the former two-sport standout at NSU who became the 1981 AFC Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl running back for the Chiefs before he drowned trying to save three children in a pond in Monroe on June 29, 1983.

Price is joined by former teammate Donovan Duvernay among Demons who will head to rookie camps.

A return specialist and defensive back, Duvernay is headed to camp with the Arizona Cardinals, whose rookie mini-camp will be held May 13-15.

A transfer from the University of Texas, Duvernay earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors as a return specialist in the spring 2021 season after leading FCS in kick return yardage (509) during the spring and ranking sixth nationally with a 28.3 yards-per-return average.

Duvernay had five returns of at least 30 yards that spring, including a 79-yarder at Southeastern.

Moving to safety in his final season at Northwestern State, Duvernay ranked third on the team with four pass breakups and added 20 tackles (10 solo). He remained NSU’s primary kick returner, tallying another 494 yards of kick returns and added an average of 8.2 yards per punt return on five attempts.

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