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Ex-Hogs WR granted immediate eligibility at Cincinnati

Mekale McKay, Otis Peterson AP

One day before Cincinnati opened the 2013 season, the Bearcats received some good news from the NCAA that could offer immediate benefits.

UC officials confirmed Friday that wide receiver Mekale McKay‘s appeal for a waiver from the NCAA has been approved.  As a result, the receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2013 and, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, will be in the rotation when the Bearcats open the season against Purdue this afternoon.

The appeal made by McKay was based on transferring from Arkansas to Cincinnati to be closer to his ailing grandmother, who raised the receiver and has heart issues according to head coach Tommy Tuberville.  The grandmother lives in Lexington, Ky., a short distance from the UC campus, relatively speaking.

In early August, it was reported that McKay was considering a transfer from the Razorbacks.  Less than two weeks later, he officially landed with the Bearcats.

As a true freshman last season, the 6-6, 195-pound McKay finished second on the team in receiving yards (317) and was tied for fourth in receptions (21). He added a pair of receiving touchdowns.

McKay was a three-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2012 recruiting class.

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