From NCAA College Football Information & Resource
Kenny McKinley (born on January 31, 1987 in Mableton, Georgia) plays wide receiver for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the NCAA college football tournament. The Mableton, Ga. native had a breakthrough season as a junior, recording a school-best and league-leading 77 receptions to emerge as the team's number 1 receiver with 968 receiving yards and nine TDs. His 6.42 receptions per game and 80.7 receiving yards per game ranks first and second in the SEC, respectively. He will be needing to catch 83+ passes, 954+ receiving yards, and 16+ touchdown receptions to become the SEC's all time career leader in those categories. The 6-0, 187 lb. receiver, who sustained arthritis in his toe, decided to return for his final year of eligibility after being projected as a late fourth round pick by the advisory committee.
Kenny is a retailing major at South Carolina. He owns a 35-inch vertical leap.
McKinley attended South Cobb High School in his hometown of Mableton where he earned all-county selection in two successive years. Playing under coach Shane Queen, McKinley played both running back and quarterback positions, rushing for 400 yards and 8 touchdowns while throwing for 1,575 yards and 12 scores as a junior. The following season, he continued to play both positions and passed for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 750 yards and 12 scoring runs as a senior. He ended up ranked as the #29 best athlete in the state of Georgia and #54 in the country by Rivals.com
Armed with excellent hands, McKinley had to make a transition from prep quarterback to collegiate wide receiver. As a true freshman, McKinley started out as a reserve and recorded his first career catch against Georgia on a 26-yarder. He made his first career start against Troy but had no catches nor runs. He had his first rush against Vanderbilt (7 yards) and tallied his first touchdown reception against Arkansas, a 42-yarder which was the decisive score in the win. He also tallied a season-high 58 receiving yards on 3 catches against the Hogs. In his postseason debut against Missouri in the Independence Bowl, McKinley caught 1 pass for 12 yards in a loss to the Tigers. He finished his rookie year as the Gamecocks' third-leading catcher with 25 receptions for 291 yards and a touchdown (11.6 yards per catch average) in six starts. He also registered 83 yards on 18 punt returns and had 5 carries for 17 yards.
Prior to his second playing year, McKinley was awarded with the Carolina Hustle Award following spring drills. As a sophomore, McKinley made 13 starts as the Gamecocks' second leading receiver. In his season debut, he was limited to a catch for 42 yards against Mississippi State. He registered season-high numbers of 8 receptions and 110 receiving yards (his first career 100-yard receiving game and the first of two triple digit catching yardage of the season) with 1 scoring catch against Auburn. The following week, he caught 3 passes for 63 yards with a season-long 44-yard reception then threw for a 22-yard touchdown pass to Syvelle Newton on a reverse play in a win over Kentucky. He also made his second-straight bowl game appearance at the Liberty Bowl where had 3 receptions for 112 yards and season-high 2 scoring catches in a win over Houston.
He ended the season just behind Sidney Rice with 51 receptions (10th highest mark in school history) and 880 receiving yards (sixth in single season record in Carolina history) and ranked 10th in the SEC with 67.7 yards per game average. He also reprised his special teams role and returned 17 punts for 151 yards (8.9 yards per return average, seventh in the SEC) with a long of 21 yards.
McKinley shared the Joe Morrison Award as the Offensive Player of the Spring with Blake Mitchell. He caught 6 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette then registered his first 100-yard game as a junior with 102 receiving yards on 7 catches against Georgia the following week. He posted his second 100-yard game three weeks later in a win over Mississippi State, where he caught 4 passes for 107 yards and 2 TDs. His career-highs however came a month later with 14 receptions and 151 receiving yards with a touchdown in a loss to Tennessee. He capped the season with an 8-reception, 125-yard, 2-touchdown effort against Clemson in a season-ending loss to the Tigers.
McKinley received AP and the League's All-First Team accolades after registering a school record 77 receptions for 968 receiving yards with 9 touchdowns and a 12.6 yards per catch average.
|Kenny McKinley ignites a rally with a 12-yard TD catch for South Carolina to nearly upset Arkansas.|
- AgSouth Athlete of the Week (vs. Tennessee)
- AP All-SEC First Team
- Biletnikoff Award Watch List
- CollegeFootballNews.com All-SEC Team
- CollegeFootballNews.com's #27 Player in the SEC
- CollegeFootballNews.com's #1 Wide Receiver in the SEC
- Phil Steele All-SEC Second Team Offense
- Rivals.com All-SEC Second Team
- SEC All-League First Team Offense (Coaches/Media)
- Injury likely to keep McKinley in college
- Kenny McKinley South Carolina Profile
- Kenny McKinley Stats @ ESPN