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Kenny McKinley
Kenny McKinley

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mableton, Ga.

High School:
South Cobb

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 187

Position:
WR

Experience:
3 VL


All-America candidate who returns for his senior season after earning first-team All-SEC honors in 2007... selected to the Playboy magazine preseason All-America squad and is a preseason second-team All-America by NationalChamps.net... possesses excellent quickness... tough player with good feet... held out of the spring drills due to a toe injury, but expected to be 100 percent in the fall... set the school's single-season receptions record with 77 catches in 2007... could break nearly every school career receiving record... enters the 2008 campaign ranked tied for fourth in career receptions (153), sixth in career receiving yards (2,139) and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns (15) in Carolina history... the school records are held by Sterling Sharpe (169 receptions and 2,497 receiving yards) and Sidney Rice (23 touchdown catches)... has caught a pass in 33 straight games, matching Ball State's Dante Love and Indiana's James Hardy for the third-longest consecutive streak in the nation behind Rice's Jarett Dillard (36) and UNLV's Casey Flair (35) and just one off the school record, held jointly by Sterling Sharpe and Jermale Kelly... is the SEC active leader in both career receptions and receiving yards... has tallied six 100-yard receiving games in his career... has played in all 37 games over the past three seasons, making 31 starts (29 consecutive), the most of the returning players.

2007: Became the Gamecocks' go-to wide receiver in 2007... earned first-team All-SEC honors by the league's coaches, the Associated Press and CollegeFootballNews.com... was a second-team All-SEC pick by Rivals.com and by Phil Steele's... earned honorable mention All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com... started all 12 games... led the team with a school-record 77 receptions, more than any other two players combined, for a team-best 968 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns... his 968 receiving yards ranked as the fourth-highest single-season total and his nine touchdowns ranked in a tie for sixth for a single campaign... led the SEC in receptions (77), receptions per game (6.42) and in receiving yards per game (80.7)... tied for second among SEC receivers with nine touchdowns... led the team in receptions in 10 of the 12 games and in receiving yards in nine of 12 contests... had four 100-yard receiving games in 2007, three against SEC opponents and one against Clemson, and has six in his career... caught seven passes for 102 yards at Georgia... caught four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Mississippi State... included was a 48-yard reception, the longest of his career... had a four-game stretch where he caught five touchdown passes... tied a school record with 14 catches for a career-best 151 yards and one touchdown against Tennessee... caught eight passes for 125 yards and two scores against Clemson... given the Ernest A. Brooks Memorial Award for the MVP of the Carolina-Clemson game... shared the Joe Morrison Award as the Offensive Player of the Spring with Blake Mitchell.

2006: Started all 13 games... was second on the squad behind Sidney Rice in both receptions (51) and receiving yards (880)... averaged 17.3 yards per catch... the 51 receptions was the 10th-highest mark in school history while the 880 receiving yards ranked sixth in a single season in Carolina history... his 67.7 yards per game average ranked 10th in the SEC... logged five touchdown receptions... best game was an eight-catch, 110-yard effort against Auburn, the first 100-yard receiving day in his career... had a three-catch, 112-yard performance in the Liberty Bowl that included a pair of fourth-quarter, 43-yard touchdown receptions... had a seven-catch, 87-yard performance against Arkansas... also caught touchdown passes against Auburn, Vanderbilt and Arkansas... had a career-long 44-yard reception at Kentucky... a former high school quarterback, he threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Syvelle Newton on a reverse play at Kentucky... returned 17 punts for 151 yards, an average of 8.9 yards per return (seventh in the SEC) with a long of 21 yards... given the Carolina Hustle Award following spring drills.

2005: Worked his way into the starting lineup at wide receiver and also handled the punt return duties as a true freshman... started six games... ranked third on the team with 25 catches for 291 yards, an average of 11.6 yards per catch, with a touchdown... also returned 18 punts for 83 yards and rushed five times for 17 yards... made his first career start against Troy... caught a season-high five passes against Tennessee... caught three passes for a season-high 58 yards in the win at Arkansas, including a 42-yard reception for his first career touchdown, which proved to be the game-winner... had at least one reception in 10 of 12 games overall.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from South Cobb High School in Mableton, Ga., in 2005... played for Coach Shane Queen... earned all-county honors as a junior and senior... threw for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 750 yards and scored 12 TDs his senior year... ran for 400 yards and eight touchdowns while throwing for 1,575 yards and 12 scores as a junior in 2003... rated the 29th-best athlete in the state of Georgia and the 54th-best athlete in the country by Rivals.com.

PERSONAL: Kenny McKinley was born Jan. 31, 1987... is a retailing major... owns a 35-inch vertical leap.