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Kenny McKinley
No. 11     Denver Broncos
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: January 31, 1987 (1987-01-31) (age 23)
Place of birth: Mableton, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 141
Debuted in 2009 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • First-Team All-SEC (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     0
Receiving yards     0
Receiving TDs     0
Stats at NFL.com

Kenny McKinley (born January 31, 1987, in Mableton, Georgia) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

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Early years

Graduated from South Cobb High School in Mableton, GA in 2005 as a multi-position player, primarily as quarterback. During his senior year, he passed for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 750 yards while scoring 12 touchdowns. He was rated the 29th-best athlete in the state of Georgia and the 54th-best athlete in the country by Rivals.com.

Collegiate career

As a true freshman in 2005, he worked his way into the starting lineup at wide receiver and also handled the punt return duties. He started six games and ranked third on the team with 25 catches for 291 yards and returned 18 punts for 83 yards.

During his sophomore year in 2006, McKinley started all 13 games and recorded 51 receptions and 880 yards. That ranked second on the team behind another soon-to-be NFL player Sidney Rice. His best game was an eight-catch, 110-yard effort against Auburn, the first 100-yard receiving day in his career.

Before the start of McKinley's junior year in 2007, Sidney Rice decided to forego the remainder of his college eligibility to enter the 2007 NFL Draft. This made McKinley's the Gamecocks' top returning wide receiver in 2007.

He would go on to earn first-team honors from: the SEC coaches (All-SEC), the Associated Press and CollegeFootballNews.com. He was second-team All-SEC by Rivals.com and honorable mention All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com.

Despite playing with turf toe most of the year, as the Gamecocks' #1 receiver, McKinley not only led the team but led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in receptions (a school-record 77), receptions per game (6.42) and in receiving yards per game (80.7). He also was number one at South Carolina in yards (968) and touchdowns (9). He had four 100-yard receiving games in 2007, including a school record 14 catch performance against Tennessee where he had a career-best 151 yards.

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).

His head coach Steve Spurrier has called him the best receiver he has ever coached.

Professional career

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Denver Broncos

McKinley was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round, 5th pick (141st overall) during the 2009 NFL Draft. He was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on December 28, 2009.

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