Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
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.