Former Georgia star Kevin McLee passes away

ATHENS - A stroke has claimed the life of former University of Georgia All-SEC running back Kevin McLee.

A native of Uniontown, Pa., McLee passed away Sunday after suffering a stroke at his home in West Covina, Calif., last weekend. Arrangements are incomplete.

Midway through his senior season in 1977, McLee surpassed 1942 Heisman Trophy winner Frank Sinkwich as Georgia's all time leading rusher. By season's end, McLee had rushed for 2,581 career yards breaking Sinkwich's mark of 2,271 total yards.

By the end of his senior season, McLee had shattered several other school records and still ranks high in the Georgia record books including top five in Most Career Rushes (562), Most Rushes Per Game (17.6), Most Career Rushing Yards (2,581), Career Average Yards Per Game (78.2), Most Yards Rushing In Three Seasons (2,581), and is still among the top ten in single season rushing yards (1,058 in 1976).

In 1975, he was named the Jacksonville Journal SEC Rookie of the Year. Down the stretch in 1976, in back-to-back games against Florida and Auburn, McLee rushed for 198 and 203 yards, the best back-to-back rushing performances in Bulldog history at that time. McLee was rewarded by being named a consensus All-SEC first team and Honorable Mention All-America selection in 1976 after helping lead Georgia to the SEC Championship and invitation to the Sugar Bowl. He was also a two-time Academic All-SEC selection (1975 and '76). McLee was inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame in 2005.

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