April 24, 2010
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - After three days of NFL draft coverage Stephen F. Austin All-American defensive end im Knicky received the phone call he has been waiting for since he started playing the game of football. Following the draft, the Green Bay Packers offered Knicky a free agent contract. The two-time All-American will leave for camp Thursday morning.
"I think it's a little poetic," said Knicky. "Nobody wanted to offer me a scholarship out of high school so I walked on at SFA. I didn't get drafted, but the Packers have given me an opportunity, and that is all I can ask for. Of course everyone wants to hear their name called during the draft, but all I want is a chance to prove myself. I'm very excited to have the opportunity."
Knicky, a 2009 AP, Walter Camp, Sports Network and College Sporting News All-American, earned All-America honors in his final two seasons on campus. He closed out his SFA career by guiding the Lumberjacks to one of their best seasons in school history. SFA won the 2009 Southland Conference title with a 10-3 overall record, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. It marked the school's first trip to the postseason since 1995.
A two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, and a four-time all-conference honoree, Knicky finished second in the nation in sacks (1.04 pg). He recorded 41 tackles, including 15 for losses, and 12.5 sacks in 2009, only one sack shy of tying the league's single-season record. Knicky was named 2009 SLC Co-Defensive Player of they Year, along with Central Arkansas's Larry Hart.
"Knowing that no one wanted to offer me a scholarship out of high school makes you play with a bit of a chip on your shoulder," said Knicky. "I came to work everyday and gave everything I had. SFA was a great opportunity for me and I couldn't ask for anything more. It has been a great journey."