One solid freshman season might be all Arkansas receiver Mekale McKay gives to the Razorbacks.
First-year coach Bret Bielema said McKay was “exploring some options” after practice Monday. “He and I had a conversation a week ago where he wanted to look at different options that could be available to him,” Bielema said.
McKay was the team’s second-leading receiver in 2012 with 317 yards and pair of touchdowns. With Cobi Hamilton gone, the six-foot-six sophomore was expected to take an even bigger leap this season. But Bielema indicated the fit just didn’t seem to be there with McKay. The receiver hasn’t been granted a formal release yet, but Bielema said he’s working to help him find another school if McKay decides he wants to transfer.
“I think during transition there’s going to be certain guys that really kind of just jump in and go full speed ahead, and there’s going to be others that maybe, it just isn’t the same,” Bielema said.
The turbulent career of one of the most talented wide receivers in the country, at least at Auburn, has come to an end.
Monday night, Gus Malzahn surprisingly — and not so surprisingly — announced that D’haquille Williams has been dismissed from the football program. No specific reason for the dismissal was given.
“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”
Williams was suspended from AU’s bowl game against Wisconsin last year because of unspecified violations of team rules. After participating in spring practice, he was suspended for the early part of summer camp before being reinstated in the middle of August.
The senior had played in all four games this season, catching 12 passes for 147 yards. The former total is second on the team, the latter third.
Despite playing in just 10 of 13 games last season — in addition to the suspension, he missed two games with a knee injury — Williams led the Tigers with 45 receptions and five receiving touchdowns. His 730 receiving yards were second on the team.
The media tapped him as a first-team All-SEC preseason selection coming off that season.
Pat Haden may have a growing number of detractors in Southern California, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing a personal touch off the field.
Myles Jack, one of the most talented linebackers in not only the Pac-12 but also the country, sustained a season-ending knee injury in UCLA’s Week 3 win over BYU. That injury may or may not have ended Jack’s collegiate career as he will be eligible for the 2016 NFL draft.
On his Instagram account Monday, Jack shared a letter of support from one of his admirers, who also happens to be the athletic director of UCLA’s bitter rival USC.
While it’s not the handwritten variety one Big 12 coach would prefer, it’s still a classy gesture nonetheless on the part of Haden.