Mekale McKay spent the fall of 2018 without playing professional football. It was a long fall.
Now, as a member of the San Antonio Commanders, he is just over two weeks away from the Alliance of American Football (AAF) season opener on Feb. 9 at the Alamodome.
“Every morning I wake up and the days are counting down,” McKay said. “It’s very exciting. You can feel it in practice. Everything is coming together.”
The 6-foot-3, 204-pound receiver stands out in practice with his size and speed. In three seasons (2013-2015) at the University of Cincinnati, he caught 85 passes for 1,704 yards and 17 touchdowns. He played his freshman season in 2012 at Arkansas.
In addition to playing football, McKay was an honorable mention all-state basketball player his senior season in high school in Kentucky.
Although he had a reputation coming out of college for not having good hands, he has been a reliable pass catcher in the Commanders training camp.
McKay feels like he is making a good connection with the team’s quarterbacks.
“We’ve got quarterbacks who can throw it,” McKay said. “We’re making plays for them so I think we’re going to do a really good job.”
At just past the midpoint of training camp, McKay and his teammates got a change of scenery on Tuesday when they held a joint practice with the Atlanta Legends. It was a way for the Commanders to measure themselves with very little time left before the season starts.
“We’re almost there. We’ve got a lot of improving to do,” McKay said. “That was a good scale to see where we were against somebody else but we’re still focused on us. We’re focused on winning and getting the job done here.”
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