Kenny Mckinley Was Found Dead

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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.

In 2008, McKinley entered his senior year as an All-America candidate that was in position to break every South Carolina school career receiving records. He began 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. Despite being out of the lineup for a three-game stretch due to a right hamstring strain, he set school career records for receptions and receiving yards, while also closing out his career second on the school's all-time touchdown catches list. McKinley also placed his name in the SEC record books. His 207 receptions placed third in conference annals, becoming just the fifth SEC player to amass more than 200 catches in a career. He also became the 12th player in league history to record more than 2,700 receiving yards (2,781).

Second-year NFL professional McKinley was a 5th pick in the 5th round, the 141st overall pick at the 2009 NFL Draft after playing outstanding college football in South Carolina He was placed on Denver Broncos’ injured reserve list due to a knee injury in December 2009. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009 with seven kick returns for 158 yards Broncos coach Josh McDaniels released a statement on behalf of the team, calling McKinley’s death a tragic loss.

McKinley, 23, was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the 2010 season. A fifth-round draft pick in 2009, McKinley played in 8 games as a return specialist his rookie year.And now he's gone. News that I didn't expect showing up out of the nowhere, literally leaving me stunned and at a loss for any way of communicating what I feel. Not just because he was one of the greatest football players in my university's history, but because he was a young man with a future that should have outweighed whatever temporary setback drove him to this point For now, all that I have are memories and grief, the latter outweighing the former.


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