Claremore, Okla. — Claremore High School senior wide receiver Dylan Kedzior says he's dreamed of playing college football for years, just like his father, former TU receiver Michael Kedzior.
"Just keep working," Kedzior said. "He always told me that, to keep working."
Kedzior said he picked up his love of the game from his dad. Michael had season tickets, and took Dylan to every Golden Hurricane home game he could.
Dylan, 17, had an eventful summer, attending football camps at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Western Illinois, Iowa State and Arkansas State, among others. He says he was clocked running a 4.25 in the 40-yard sprint at Iowa State.
"I picked up a lot of stuff, as far as footwork," Kedzior said. "Keeping my shoulders over my feet and things like that. A lot of mechanical stuff I really need to work on to better my game."
The elder Kedzior caught the game-winning touchdown in one of TU's greatest comebacks ever, a 24-23 win over Oklahoma State in 1995 at what was then called Skelly Stadium (now Chapman Stadium).
After a recurring fight with brain cancer, the disease took Michael's life in 2017. He was 44. Dylan was a freshman in high school.
"I was young and I didn't even know how to take anything," Kedzior said. "I didn't understand what death meant, even as a freshman. I didn't understand it was going to be like that."
Two and a half years later, Kedzior says he's overcome that grief and sees life in a new way.
"I realized something good came from it," Kedzior said. "I have a new work ethic. I have a new appreciation for things…Like for life. Not every day is guaranteed. So I need to appreciate it."