Pro football: Maumelle’s Donnerson signs with Carolina Panthers

Kendall Donnerson

Kendall Donnerson’s professional football career lives on after the former Maumelle High School star recently signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers.

Donnerson, a 2014 graduate of Maumelle, played his college ball at the Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and was originally a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers.

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Donnerson also went to camp with the now Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals and was on the practice squad for his three previous teams. Donnerson also made the active roster his rookie season with Green Bay but didn’t play in a game.

A 6-foot-3, 250 defensive end and linebacker, Donnerson compiled 135 tackles in his college career with 32.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. In his junior and senior years at Maumelle, he combined for 220 tackles and 45 sacks as denominated the offensive lines of opposing teams.

He was twice named all-state in football and was a 2013 nominee for the Hootens.com Farm Bureau Defensive Player of the Year award. He also played basketball, and was named all-conference as a junior and senior.