July 29, 2006

McKinney has high hopes for 2006

Justin McKinney has never been short on confidence.

The senior cornerback trusts in his abilities to make plays on the football field, even though his 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame leaves him short on stature when compared to some of the Big 12 Conference's wide receivers.

In 2006, McKinney will likely start at one of the two cornerback spots for Kansas State, and could face the likes of Nebraska's Nate Swift (6-foot-2, 195 pounds), Iowa State's Todd Blythe (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) or Austin Flynn (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and Texas' Limas Sweed (6-foot-5, 219 pounds), just to name a few.

McKinney is well aware of the challenges that will face him this season, but that doesn't stop him from believing he can match up with anyone at any height.

"I'm going to let God let me do what I was meant to do. I don't fear anybody. I don't care who you put in front of me," McKinney said. "I know I'm not the biggest cornerback, I know I'm not the strongest, I know I'm not the fastest, but I know what I can do when I get on the field and when it's a game-time situation."

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