McKay Has Found A Home In Cincinnati

Arkansas transfer McKale McKay will be a big playmaker for the Bearcats this season.

Coach Tommy Tuberville and his entire staff were extremely happy when they heard the news that McKale McKay would transfer from Arkansas in efforts to play football at the University of Cincinnati. The 6-foot-6 wide receiver has great size, next level potential and can be a game changer for Cincinnati this season.

However, due to NCAA rules, McKay was not sure if he would get a chance to suit up and play for the Bearcats during the 2013 season. When McKay's grandmother got sick he decided that transferring would be the best thing for him and his family.

This still left some uncertainty as to where his next stop would be and when he would be eligible to play again. Luckily, McKay chose Cincinnati in August and one month later, the NCAA decided to give Coach Tuberville, McKay and his family the news that they were waiting for.

"I found out I was eligible the day before the first game of the season. It kind of shocked me but it kind of changed my life," said McKay. "I was not ready to sit out a year."

Cincinnati seemed like the perfect fit for McKay after meeting with Coach Tuberville and the entire coaching staff. With several colleges on his radar, he could tell that Cincinnati had good people who just wanted what's best for him.

"It was awesome when I ran into the coaches and they knew a lot about me. When we met in person everything just clicked."

Although McKay has a world of talent, it isn't always easy adjusting to a new offense and learning a new system. Coach Tuberville and his staff have done a great job of easing McKay into the offense and getting him up to speed with the rest of the team.

"Its been a really fast cycle. I first had to get in here and get acquainted with the guys," McKay said after practice. "But for the most part everything worked real smooth."

McKay was real smooth this past week after a 41 yard touchdown catch against Northwestern State. He did not have as many reps in the first two games but that had a lot to do with the timing of his transfer and ruling by the NCAA. As the season progresses expect McKay to be in on more plays and make more of an impact.

With three years of eligibility, the Bearcat faithful should get use to more big plays from McKay this season. Cincinnati has had talented wide receivers in recent years and McKay will look to continue that position of excellence.


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