South Florida Linebacker Heading North

University of South Florida linebacker Tyrone McKenzie is scheduled to visit the New York Giants on Wednesday and the New England Patriots on Thursday, according to a league source.
McKenzie had a private workout for the Patriots last month.
A projected second-round or third-round draft pick, McKenzie visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and the New Orleans Saints last week.
McKenzie began his career at Michigan State and was projected to start as a sophomore, but moved home to care for his mother after she was injured in an accident at work. He worked in a hotel to help support his family.
“It helps you grow up,” McKenzie told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. “It helps you realize you have to grow up because my father died when I was nine and just being the man of the house helped me mature as a man and helped me in the situation I’m in right now. Transitioning into the NFL, I’m going to have a step on a lot of people.”
McKenzie transferred to Iowa State and was named second-team All-Big 12 before transferring to South Florida to be closer to home.
At South Florida, he was named All-Big East Conference last season as he recorded 116 tackles.
The 6’2,” 243-pounder bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times at the NFL Scouting Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.73 seconds before pulling his hamstring on his second attempt. He had a 32 1/2 inch vertical leap at his Pro Day workout.
At the Senior Bowl, McKenzie led the North team with six solo tackles and one assist.

12 responses to “South Florida Linebacker Heading North

  1. Hmmm, I would like to have him as one of the Pats late second/third round picks, to add to the ILB rotation.

  2. YYYEEESSSS!!!!…THIS IS A MAJOR MAJOR SLEEPER PICK THIS MAN IS A BEAST GO CHECK OUT HIS STATS!! COME ON GMEN BOTTOM OF THE 2ND WOULD BE A REACH BUT I WOULDNT MIND I WOULD LOVE TO GET HIM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE THIRD BUT I THINK HE WILL OR SHOULD MAKE IT THAT FAR DOWN!!

  3. I’m confused. He was supposed to start at Michigan State as a sophomore, but moved home (presumably to Tampa) to be closer to his mother. Yet he somehow squeezed an entire an All-Big 12 season at Iowa State in between?
    How did he transfer twice and not have to sit out two years? Why did he go to Iowa State? Are you sure the facts are right in this article? If they are, it is still poorly worded, Aaron. Did he only go to USF as a senior?

  4. That is great to hear. Tyrone played high school ball with me at Riverview. He would be the 1st Shark to ever be drafted to the NFL. Good luck man, even if your playin for the Pats. GO SHARKS AND GO DOLPHINS!

  5. He played as a true freshman an MSU. He transferred to Iowa State, where he was defensive practice squad player of the year. Then he had a stellar season (second team Big-12) the following year. In 2007, he sat out at USF, and in 2008 he was a stud with 116 tackles for the Bulls. I THINK he applied and was accepted for a waiver. I don’t know if he redshirted one year, sorry.

  6. Sounds like a nice story. I only hope the networks don’t turn it into a sob story peice on draft day.

  7. This guy is after your job Aaron Wilson,
    SeanMartin says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    He played as a true freshman an MSU. He transferred to Iowa State, where he was defensive practice squad player of the year. Then he had a stellar season (second team Big-12) the following year. In 2007, he sat out at USF, and in 2008 he was a stud with 116 tackles for the Bulls. I THINK he applied and was accepted for a waiver. I don’t know if he redshirted one year, sorry.
    ————
    I think he wants it more than you Aaron Wilson….
    H.I.T.

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