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#6 Gardner McKay
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Inglewood, Calif.
High School: Crenshaw
Experience: 1 Letter

 

AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)—He played in all 12 games (10 starts), shifting between right cornerback and nickel back depending on the scheme.  He saw the most action of his career from scrimmage, playing 678 snaps (as compared to 419 total the three years previous) and racked up 43 tackles in the process (32 solo).  He had five tackles for losses to compliment five third down stops and seven pass deflections.  He had a career high seven tackles (five solo) at Missouri, and also had six versus Eastern Washington and five on two other occasions.  One of his best games came against Kansas State, when he had four tackles, two third down stops and two pass deflections.  He also added seven tackles (five solo) on special teams coverage duty, as he finished second in special team points with 15; in addition to the seven stops, two came inside-the-20 to go with three knockdown blocks, a fumble recovery, a downed punt and a first down field that altered the return route.

 

2007 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, on both defense and special teams, starting the last two games of the regular season subbing for an injured Terrence Wheatley (Iowa State, Nebraska).  He was in for 271 snaps on scrimmage, making 16 tackles, including one for a loss and two third down stops, to go with five pass deflections , a forced fumble and a touchdown save.  He had four tackles in a game twice, at Baylor and at Texas Tech.  He finished second in the team’s special team points standings with 19, as he racked up nine tackles (seven solo, two inside-the-20), two downed punts, two knockdown blocks, a forced fumble, a recovery, a forced fair catch and a first downfield to alter a return.  The coaches named him CU’s Special Teams Player of the Week for the Miami game.  In the spring, he had three kickoff runbacks for 100 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown, in full scrimmage action, but did not ascend high enough on the depth chart to get a chance during the season.

 

2006 (Soph.)—He saw action in 10 games (six on defense, all 10 on special teams with no starts), as he missed the Colorado State and Arizona State games due to an ankle sprain.  He was in for 66 snaps defensively, posting four tackles (three solo), with a third down stop; he had one multiple tackle game, recording two solo stops at Kansas.  He had three tackles on special teams duty, two solo including one inside-the-20, giving him four special team points on the year.

 

2005 (Fr.)—He appeared in 11 games, including the Champs Sports Bowl (no starts), as he saw action on defense in all but one and on special teams in all.  He played 92 snaps from scrimmage in the regular season, racking up five tackles (all solo), with a third downs top and a pass deflection.  He had five special team points on the strength of two tackles, one inside-the-20, and two downed punts.  In the bowl game against Clemson, he had two solo tackles.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—A triple threat as a returner, cornerback and receiver, he was a three-year letterman and won the All-Around Leadership Award as a team captain his senior year.  SuperPrep called him a “shutdown specialist” and named him to its All-Far West squad (No. 39 player overall), while PrepStar tabbed him as an All-West Region member.  In addition, Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 34 player in its special “Athlete” category and the No. 42 ranked player on the California Postseason Top 100 list.  He was also a first-team all-city and all-City League honoree, and a second-team all-state selection.  In the California-Florida Bowl he finished with seven tackles and had a 55-yard kickoff return.  As a junior, he was a second-team all-league selection.  As a senior, he had 37 receptions for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.  On defense he made seven interceptions and had 20 pass deflections, and on special teams, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (96 and 85 yards) and had one punt return, for a 45-yard score.  During his junior campaign he caught eight touchdown passes, and had five interceptions and 25 pass breakups.  He lists his top game as a win over Gardena in the first-round of the 2004 playoffs when he had two receiving touchdowns of 35 and 43 yards, four solo tackles, one interception and three pass breakups.  In a 47-17 win over Venice the following week, he reeled in nine passes for 100-plus yards and one score; he also had four tackles.  Other top games include a 48-6 victory over Westchester earlier that same year, when he had four catches for 85 yards and one touchdown, two pass deflections and five tackles, and an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  Under coach Robert Garrett, Crenshaw was 10-3 his senior year (lost in city semifinals), was 9-3 his junior season (lost in city quarterfinals) and went 8-3 his sophomore year, winning the City League crown.  He also lettered three times in track (sprints), with personal bests of 10.8 in the 100 and 21.9 in the 200.  His 4x100 relay team placed fourth in the 2004 state championships with a time of 48.0.  

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Sociology at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in August 2009.  Owner of a 3.3 grade point average in high school, he was a consistent honor roll student and was named his school’s Student of the Month for September of his junior year.  

 

PERSONAL—Born August 20, 1986 in Los Angeles, Calif.  Hobbies include playing basketball, art and sketching, and doing things out of the ordinary.  He is the first person in his family to attend college, as his parents are originally from Belize, a place he has visited several times.  He was a high school teammate of Darian Hagan Jr., who is the son of the current CU staffer and former All-American quarterback.   


Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2005

9

82

5 0-- 5

0- 0

0- 0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2006

6

66

3 1-- 4

 0- 0

0- 0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2007

12

271

16 0-- 16

1-3

0- 0

2

0

0

1

5

0

2008

12

678

32 11-- 43

5-12

0- 0

5

0

0

0

7

0

Totals

39

1097

56 12-- 68

6-15

0- 0

9

0

0

1

13

0

 

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 2,0—2 (2005); 2,1—3 (2006); 7,2—9 (2007); 5,2—7 (2008).

 

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