Raiders receiver McKenzie lands NAIA accolade

Senior named to All-America team after record-breaking season
Southern Oregon senior receiver Cole McKenzie makes a leaping catch Oct. 6 at Raider Stadium.

Cole McKenzie's record-breaking senior season at Southern Oregon University was rewarded with a spot on the American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-America team Wednesday.

McKenzie, a wide receiver, finished the season with 98 receptions for 1,661 yards and 18 touchdowns. His yardage total surpassed the 47-year-old single-season SOU record by almost 500 yards, while his touchdown total was six more than the prior team mark. He finished with 28 more receptions than the previous SOU mark, while teammate Patrick Donahue finished the season with 102 to set the new school record.

McKenzie was the only Raider to receive All-America honors. SOU quarterback Austin Dodge was passed over in favor of Jimmy Coy of Saint Xavier (Ill.) despite leading the nation in passing yards (5,076) — he threw for 1,400 yards more than any other quarterback — ranking second to Joel Nixon of Morningside (Iowa) in pass efficiency and leading the Raiders to a Frontier Conference co-championship and the fourth quarterfinal berth in program history.

McKenzie led the NAIA in receiving yards, while ranking second to Donahue in receptions and second in receiving touchdowns. He also posted two of the three highest single-game receiving totals in SOU history, tallying 234 yards in the Raiders' win over No. 6 Carroll before breaking the SOU record with 265 yards in the team's playoff overtime loss to No. 3 Morningside.

Against Morningside — which will play Marian (Ind.) today for the NAIA national championship — McKenzie caught 19 passes to surpass the previous SOU single-game mark by five receptions.

McKenzie is the 26th SOU football player to receive NAIA All-American recognition, with the program garnering a total of 34 All-American honors. He is the Raiders' third All-American in the past four years, joining punter Tyler Crowley last season and offensive lineman Jordan Myers in 2009.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. The AFCA All-America teams are the only ones chosen exclusively by coaches.

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