July 2, 2007

Time to shine - Part III

Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.

If the Gamecocks are to take the next step in the Southeastern Conference this season, the receiver corps will have to step up to replace the production of former Gamecocks Sidney Rice, who decided to forego his final two years of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. In today's column, we complete this series of articles by taking a look at two players from head coach Steve Spurrier's first recruiting class that will play prominent roles this season.

It came as no surprise that quarterback Blake Mitchell's new favorite target in spring practice was Kenny McKinley. The 6-foot, 181-pound junior was second on the team in receptions last season, hauling down 51 catches for 880 yards and five touchdowns. As a freshman, the former high school quarterback beat out heralded freshmen O.J. Murdock and Carlos Thomas to start at receiver and was third on the team in receptions, catching 25 passes, including the game-winning touchdown at Arkansas.

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