Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
McKay looking to transfer
Mekale McKay leaves the field following Arkansas' 20-13 loss to LSU on Nov. 23, 2012 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Wide receiver Mekale McKay is looking to transfer from Arkansas' football program, coach Bret Bielema said Monday.
Bielema said the 6-foot-6, 195-pound McKay is "exploring his options", but hasn't been granted a scholarship release as of the time the Razorbacks opened preseason practice Monday.
"He wanted to look at different options available to him," Bielema said. "He's obviously a guy with a lot of options in front of him if he chooses to leave.
"We met last week and he expressed an interest in the type of offense here (before)….Sometimes the fit just isn't there."
McKay played in all 12 games as a freshman in 2012, starting 10 times. The Louisville, Ky. native caught 21 passes for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Despite McKay's freshman success, he was listed as a second string receiver on the Razorbacks' post-spring depth chart behind Demetrius Wilson. McKay was slowed in the spring by injuries.
Bielema said incoming receiver Melvinson Hartfield was the only other player missing from Monday's practice. Hartfield, who is awaiting academic clearance from the NCAA, is expected to arrive Wednesday.