South Carolina Football’s GOAT Series: Top-15 Greatest Wide Receivers of All-Time

A ranking of the top-15 wide receivers in the history of South Carolina football

South Carolina football star Deebo Samuel was electric with the ball in his hands, whether as a receiver, ball carrier, or returner. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina football star Deebo Samuel was electric with the ball in his hands, whether as a receiver, ball carrier, or returner. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /
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South Carolina football’s Kenny McKinley. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina Football’s No. 5 Wide Receiver of All-Time:
Kenny McKinley

Kenny McKinley (2005-2008) was a high school quarterback who Steve Spurrier turned into one of the best receivers that South Carolina football has ever seen. McKinley was not overly big or fast, but he made up for it by being a technician. His route running, quick feet, and soft hands led him to be the school’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards at the time of his graduation.

A player referred to by Spurrier as one of his “all-time favorite players,” he was also one of Coach Spurrier’s choices to throw his patented “double-pass,” having thrown a touchdown in 2006. McKinley was a fifth-round selection of the Denver Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft and had a short career before his untimely death in 2010.