Tuesday, July 6, 2010

McKenzie highly touted heading into 2010 season

Former Bradenton Prep receiver Jermaine McKenzie is listed as a first team receiver heading into his inaugural season at Memphis and has been named a fantasy football sleeper for the upcoming 2010 campaign by College Football Fantasy Insider.

McKenzie stood out in the Tigers spring game where he caught a 72-yard touchdown pass and showed some of the promise that made him a highly touted recruit in high school.

He came to Memphis in 2009 and played in last year’s spring game, but McKenzie had to sit out last season because of the NCAA transfer rules and has two years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-2, 185 pound, junior came to the Conference USA school from Miami where his career was interrupted by a car accident he was involved in during his freshman year. He had to sit out the rest of the season and struggled to get playing time, which preceded his decision to transfer.

McKenzie tried to get a waiver to play last year at Memphis, but was turned down. He has a great opportunity now with the Tigers losing their top two receivers from last season.

Also on the Tigers roster is his brother Tremaine McKenzie, who played in two games for Memphis last year on special teams before suffering a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the rest of the season.

Tremaine had transferred to Memphis from College of Siskiyous in California where he played safety and had a standout season racking up 33 tackles, including 22 solos.

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