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Mekale McKay, WR

School: Cincinnati  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Louisville, KY
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 207 lbs.
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Player Overview

An off-and-on starter the past four seasons at both Arkansas and Cincinnati, McKay received high grades from scouts entering his senior season, but he disappointed in 2015, finishing fifth on the team in receiving.

McKay originally verballed to UTEP to play both basketball and football, but reopened his recruitment once other schools became open to him playing both sports. He signed with Arkansas over Ole Miss to play football - originally planning to walk on the Razorbacks' basketball team. He started 10 games as a true freshman in 2012, recording 21 catches for 317 yards and two scores, but elected to transfer closer to home and signed with Cincinnati, receiving a hardship waiver from the NCAA to play immediately due to his grandmother's illness.

McKay posted only 16 catches as a sophomore for the Bearcats in 2013, but made them count with seven touchdown grabs, averaging more than 30 yards per reception. McKay started 12 games as a junior and had his most productive season with 44 catches for 725 yards and eight scores. His production declined as a senior in 2015 (three starts), finishing with 27 receptions for 507 yards and two scores.

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STRENGTHS: Tall-framed athlete and looks like a small forward on the football field. Long-striding acceleration, picking up speed as he goes. Sudden outside-in release off the line of scrimmage to quickly get into his vertical patterns. Light feet at the top of routes to create spacing. Finds soft spots in zones and works back to the ball.

Climbs the ladder to out-rebound defender. Uses his length, locating skills and catch radius to create a large target. Runs like a smaller receiver in a big body after the catch, immediately looking to produce YAC.

Gives up his body to take out defenders as a perimeter blocker. Proven big-play threat, averaging almost 19 yards per catch in his career, scoring a touchdown every 5.7 receptions.

WEAKNESSES: Lean with below average functional strength. Finesse receiver and lacks a power element to his game, allowing smaller defensive backs to push him around. Too concerned with his surroundings, allowing the threat of contact to alter his routes.

Poor focus and fights the ball, leading to drops. Too many body catches on his film. Needs to better complete the process of the catch, allowing the ball to be poked out. Unreliable finisher and won't break any tackles, preferring to escape out of bounds. Not a detailed route-runner and needs to introduce more flexibility and tempo to his patterns.

Production declined as a senior, finding the end zone only twice.

IN OUR VIEW: Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky as a high school senior, McKay has the natural athleticism and high-pointing skills that gives him a chance to out-rebound defenders. He is dangerous after the catch, but is a stiff route-runner and plays allergic to contact, which leads to drops and negative plays.

Although he is the type of player who will always leave you wanting more, McKay has the raw athletic traits that could make him a bottom-of-the-roster receiver.

--Dane Brugler (4/12/16)

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10/03/2015 - Redshirt freshman quarterback Hayden Moore passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns in his first start as Cincinnati posted a 34-23 victory over Miami at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. Senior receiver Mekale McKay and sophomore tight end Tyler Cogswell had scoring receptions and senior running back Hosey Williams rushed for a touchdown for the Bearcats (3-2). Moore started in place of junior quarterback Gunner Kiel, who suffered his second concussion of the season in a loss to Memphis on Sept. 24. Hurricanes sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya passed for 255 yards but failed to throw for a touchdown to end a streak of 16 consecutive games with at least one. Sophomore running back Joe Yearby rushed for 113 yards for Miami (3-1).

The Hurricanes pulled within 27-23 on sophomore kicker Michael Badgley's 26-yard field goal with 8:59 left, but Cincinnati responded with Moore's 7-yard pass to Cogswell to make it an 11-point margin. Miami turned the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass in the end zone with 4:41 to play and the Bearcats ran out the clock. Williams erupted for a 29-yard touchdown run on a play in which he was initially stuffed at the line of the scrimmage and Moore tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to McKay as the Bearcats took a 14-3 lead in the opening six minutes. - The Sports Xchange



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