Georgia coaches said that their one of the number one need for the 2003 signing class was building depth at the offensive line. The coaches met their goals in February by signing several offensive linemen including McKinzey. But while most of the 2003 signees will provide depth, McKinzey could figure more prominently in the 2-deep rotation because of his overall size and strength right now.
In fact his role may have increased drastically due to Center Randall Swoopes being suspended for the first two games of the season last week for being arrested on drug possession charges.
Said McKinzey of the five players and their suspensions, "I mean it is just bad judgment on their part. Coach Richt did what he had to do. I can't say much because I only know what I saw in the papers."
McKinzey went on to say. "(The suspensions) could be tremendous for me because Russ Tanner will be at center for sure and that means that I will play." Tanner and Swoopes competed for the starting center spot this spring and now that Swoopes is out of the first two games, a spot opened on the already bruised offensive line 2-deep.
McKinzey said that because he knows for sure that he will be playing in the opening games of the season, his preparations will take on new meaning. "You try to say that it does not change things," he said. "But it does make you say: ‘I don't have a year to get ready; I have to work as hard as I can.' There is no option for me I will play,'" he said.
McKinzey said that aside from the on goings in Athens he has been focusing on his strength and development this spring.
"I am back up to about 280ish," he said. McKinzey wrestled in the offseason just to keep in shape and to see if he was tough. "I used wrestling in the off season to get back into condition. I gained a lot of respect for the wrestlers, it's a very difficult sport."