September 6, 2007

McKenzie warns: Forget the crowd

No one on the USF roster knows more about walking into hostile environments than Tyrone McKenzie.

The Bulls junior linebacker spent his first two years of college football at Michigan State and Iowa State.

He has played at Texas, Oklahoma and Penn State, just to name a few, and seen how "The Big House" at Michigan can rattle opponents. It's one reason, McKenzie will not allow a frenzied, nearly packed stadium to affect his play this Saturday night when USF takes on Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

McKenzie says he has been spit at and taunted unmercifully in his trips to some of college football's most antagonistic venues. In the same breath, he says it evokes memories that will last a lifetime.

"Playing in those big stadiums is an experience you will never forget," McKenzie said. "We played at Texas last year and the fans were wild and I will never forget what it was like to go up against Adrian Peterson at Oklahoma. You don't know what the fans are going to do or say, but you can't worry about it. You just need to worry about the team you are lining up against and just focus on the game."

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