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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #88 Javon McKinley

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.

#88 Javon McKinley

Javon McKinley enters his junior year without much to show as to his Notre Dame football career thus far. Injuries and mental errors have kept him off the field. I am sure it has been frustrating for the 6’2 wide receiver but he still has time to make an impact to this football team. The wide receiver position is up for grabs. Equanimeous St. Brown is now in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Kevin Stepherson is no longer on the Irish roster. There is very little experience coming back. This is Javon McKinley’s chance to jump into the playing rotation.

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Three Things To Know About Javon McKinley:

  1. He is from Corona, California where he set many high school records. His career 3,752 receiving yards are 3rd all time in his football division’s (CIF Southern Section) history.
  2. McKinley was a high ranked recruit. The majority of recruiting services had him as a top 10 receiver nationally coming out of high school. Scout even had him as the 9th best player in all of California.
  3. Javon McKinley’s biggest area to improve is getting his body ready. A broken leg ended his freshman season. The lack of fitness kept him on scout team during his sophomore season. A healthy and in shape Javon McKinley will make an impact on the field.

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The Bermuda Triangle.

When I think of the Bermuda Triangle, I think of mystery. It is the unknown. Many conflicting opinions. This is how many Irish fans see Javon McKinley. People do know whether to consider him a bust and overvalued recruit or expect his potential to shine through eventually. McKinley is a mysterious player going into 2018.

2018 Outlook

Look, if there was ever a time for Javon McKinley to make a contribution to the Notre Dame football program, this is the year. Chase Claypool looks to be a #1 receiver but there are question marks. Miles Boykin and Michael Young have to prove that the Citrus Bowl was not a fluke. Javon McKinley will get opportunities. It is up to him to stay healthy and make the most of them.