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Morris: McKinley remembered as a ‘Team player’ with a ‘big heart’

Sep 22, 2010 9:32:00 AM - thestate.com

We will never know what led Kenny McKinley to take his 23-year-old life Monday in Denver. What we do know is that McKinley led a life that left a lasting impression, a life that should not soon be forgotten.

His teammates and coaches sang his praises Tuesday, to a person mentioning an infectious smile that made everyone want to be around McKinley. They also talked about a player who overcame his lack of size with quickness and an uncanny knack for getting open as a receiver.

McKinley departed USC following the 2008 season as the all-time school leader in receptions, receiving yards and compliments by teammates and coaches on his determination, grit and friendly nature.

Tori Gurley was a freshman in his redshirt year during the 2008 season when McKinley was a senior. Gurley said Tuesday that McKinley was like a big brother to the younger players on the team, a seasoned veteran who led by example on and off the field.

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