July 28, 2006
Albany - The South Georgia Wildcats close out their season Saturday against the Florida Firecats at the Albany Civic Center.
Wildcats offensive specialist Chris McKinney hopes it will be his last game in a South Georgia uniform but not because he doesn't' like playing in Albany.
With still one game to play, South Georgia Wildcats offensive specialist Chris McKinney has already broken the team's single season reception record.
McKinney would trade that record for a better team record.
Chris McKinney said "When I heard about it at the meeting, I was like that is good but I would rather win."
What makes Chris McKinney's record breaking season so incredible is that he wasn't moved to the offensive specialist position until the fifth week of the season.
Wildcats head coach Donnie Davis said "If he had been playing the offensive specialist position the entire season, he would probably have another 40 catches and 300-plus yards and another 12 or so touchdowns."
Like every player in the Arena 2 league, Chris McKinney wants to move up to Arena Football League or Arena One.
And his eye popping stats this year have caught the eyes of Arena One teams.
Davis said "McKinney is going to be a fit for anybody's organization depending on what they are looking for."
If "C-Mac" makes the jump to Arena One, he will likely have to move back to a two way player on offense and defense.
But it is his versatility that maybe the one thing that earns him a promotion to the next level.
McKinney "Showing them that I can do more than one thing is going to make me alot more marketable to other teams."
Davis "We tell the guys all the time that the more you do the more accessible you are going to be on that level."
Wildcat fans want to see Chris McKinney move on to the Arena Football League.
But that doesn't mean he will forget the city where he has spent the last two seasons.
McKinney said "I love the community here and they have embraced me and taken care of me and this is my second home."
And everyone in his adopted hometown will be hoping to watch Chris McKinney play on a bigger stage next season.