With nearly 30 players being replaced due to graduation, the Borger Bulldog football team will be one that will have several new faces at the varsity level when it opens the 2011 season with the Canyon Randall Raiders at Bulldog Stadium on August 26.
However, the team will return several outstanding players from this yearâ€™s squad, with a couple already attracting the attention of some colleges around the country.
That includes now senior linebacker Miles McKinney, who has made the most of his appearances in various football camps, which has helped him to start gaining the attention of several division one universities.
The list of universities that have shown some interest in McKinney include Southern Methodist, Houston, Colorado St., Wyoming, Texas Tech, Stanford and Northwestern State in Louisiana.
After being a part of a great Bulldog defense in the fall of 2010, McKinney took part in an Offense-Defense Campâ€™s Elite Camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in January. McKinney received the invite to the camp in South Carolina after earning defensive MVP honors at the Offense-Defense Camp in Dallas last summer.
In March, McKinney, along with with other Borger Bulldog teammates Ty Brown and Fred McKinney, took part in the Nike Combine in Houston with Miles doing well enough to get invited to the Nike Football Training Camp. He was taught how to play his position in more detail by several college and professional coaches and players.
The performance at the Nike camp earned McKinney a chance to be given a positive review on the website www.zoneready.net.
McKinney continued to take part in various camps throughout the spring, including the Rivals.com Five Star Academy Next Level Athlete camp in Dallas that exposed him to some of the various national recruiting services including Scout, Rivals, Fox and The Old Coach.
McKinneyâ€™s performance in Dallas led him to be mentioned in the Rivals.com recap of the camp on their website.
In discussions with Milesâ€™ dad Kelly McKinney, the young athlete and his family know that a lot of work still needs to be done this summer in various camps, as well as on the field this fall, in order to have the doors open to potentially play division one football.
K.McKinney said in talks with Northwestern St. Coach Bradley Peveto, the coachesâ€™ evaluation of Miles has him at a low to mid-level division one player. According to the Rivals.com article, Northwestern St. has already made McKinney an offer to play football for the university.
Peveto played along side Milesâ€™ uncle Kevin McKinney at SMU in the 1980â€™s.
With the family ties to SMU, it makes it easy to understand why the Mustangs are one of the favorites of the McKinney family, if given the opportunity by the school.
With a lot of football to be played between now and signing day in February, it is too soon to know where McKinney potentially could end up playing college ball in the not to distant future. But there is no question the journey McKinney and the other good Bulldog players take this fall will be a fun one for local football fans to watch.