Not so long ago Kevin McKernan was leading Abbey CBS Newry to MacRory and Hogan Cup glory on the colleges' football front.
Today this strapping son of former Down All-Ireland winning defender Brendan McKernan is at the heart of his county's bid to chalk up what would be a significant double this weekend.
Kevin's creative flair will underpin Down's bid to make it into the All-Ireland Under 21 final at the expense of Kildare at Navan on Saturday (5pm) and then on Sunday he's set to play a key role against Fermanagh in Division Three of the National League against Fermanagh at Newry (2.30pm).
It's a tall order for versatile university student Kevin but he's taking things very much in his stride.
"I just hope that Down can win both of these games. The buzz is back in the county again after that slip-up against Leitrim and I feel we can do it," says Kevin.
Down Under 21 manager Peter McGrath in particular may lean heavily on Kevin's skill on Saturday - and he's unlikely to be disappointed.