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Andover Central’s Kai Kunz prepares for All-American Bowl Game in Dallas

Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 10:44 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In just a few days, Andover Central senior quarterback Kai Kunz will be taking the field at AT&T Stadium to compete alongside and against some of the best high school football players in the country.

On Monday, January 10th in the home of America’s football team, Andover Central senior quarterback Kai Kunz will compete in the Blue-Gray All American bowl game.

“Played in the NUC All World game, it’s like an All-Star game and I got MVP of that and then I did really well at the camps and combines and coaches started to take notice and they nominated me,” said Kunz.

Gaining the recognition from coaches and scouts at these football camps and combines during the summer gave Kunz a little boost heading into his senior season with the Jaguars.

“It gave me more confidence,” said Kunz. “I feel like each game I got more confident with the offense and chemistry with my teammates.”

Kai’s father, Kevin Kunz, said “I’ve noticed over the last four years, the hard work he’s put in and it kind of validated and made us very proud of him.”

“I had great teammates but definitely getting that, ‘Yes you’ve been selected for an All-American game, it really validated, ‘Hey you’re good enough to play here,’ then I can go out on Friday nights and compete with my team and we can go win ball games,” said Kai.

Kunz said every coach he’s had growing up has led him to this opportunity, to put his competitive skillset on display for college recruiters and NFL veterans.

Andover Central’s head football coach Derek Tuttle said, “He puts a lot of effort into the little things, all the little things that quarterbacks are asked to do; technique, reads, progressions and things like that. That attention to detail certainly makes him an All Star.”

“He’s had great coaches throughout his whole life. Coach Tuttle and coach and Coppoc just took him to the next level,” said Kunz about his son.

“All-Americans from all over the country,” said Kai. “So, I’m excited to see what they have to offer, all over the United States’ best. I just can’t wait to compete, and I want to win the game.”

Kunz will get a taste of that faster, next level of competition in Dallas on Monday at 1 p.m. in AT&T Stadium.

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