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42   Anton McKenzie
Anton McKenzie

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Medford, N.Y.

High School:
St. John the Baptist H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210

Position:
Defensive Back


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All-America candidate ? Will be in his third season in the starting lineup, and his second year at strong safety ? Also a strong special teams player ? Has tied the UMass record for career interception returns for touchdowns with two ? Also ranks 10th all-time in career interception return yards with 125 ? Has played in 30 career games, starting 21 times.

2002: The starting strong safety for the Minutemen ? A third team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? Co-recipient of the team?s Most Outstanding Academician Award ? Played in all 12 games on the season, starting every time ? Ranked second on the team with 117 total tackles, including 85 solo stops ? Also recorded nine tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles, one interception and one blocked field goal ? Placed ninth on the UMass single season list for solo tackles (85) and 10th on the list for interception return yards (96) ? Named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week, Dinn Brothers UMass Athlete of the Week and a National Division I-AA All-Star by College Sporting News following the victory over Villanova, in addition to winning the Coca-Cola Gold Helmet as the Division I Player of the Week in New England ? Made a career-high and team-best 18 total tackles against Villanova, while also blocking a field goal attempt in the final minute of play to preserve the one-point victory ? Led the team with 12 total tackles in the win over Maine, with one tackle for loss and a pass breakup ? Had 12 total tackles in the victory at James Madison, with three tackles for loss and a forced fumble ? Recorded 12 tackles against Hofstra, with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble ? Led the team with 16 total tackles and a pass breakup at New Hampshire, while also intercepting a pass and returning it 96 yards for a touchdown ? Totaled nine tackles at North Carolina State, with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble ? Made six tackles in the win at Rhode Island, including one tackle for loss ? Had seven tackles in the victory over Delaware ? Recorded seven tackles and a forced fumble against AIC ? Totaled eight tackles against Central Connecticut, with two pass breakups and one tackle for loss ? Had five tackles and a pass breakup in the victory at Richmond ? Made five tackles at Northeastern, with a tackle for loss and two pass breakups.

2001: Starter at one outside linebacker spot for the majority of the season ? Played in seven games on the year, starting every time ? Sat out four games due to injury ? Despite missing four games, still ranked seventh on the team with 55 total tackles on the season, including 42 solo stops ? Also totaled two interceptions, three pass breakups, three tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries on the year ? Made three tackles in the victory over Northeastern, before suffering a season-ending injury ? Led the team with 14 total tackles at Villanova, along with a pass breakup ? Tied for the team lead with nine tackles in the win over James Madison, while also recording two quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss ? Had nine solo tackles at Delaware, while intercepting a pass and returning it 29 yards for a touchdown ? Recorded eight tackles, an interception and a pass breakup at Marshall ? Made nine tackles against William & Mary in the season opener ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the spring semester.

2000: Named UMass? Outstanding Special Teams Player ? Saw action in every game at defensive back, starting twice ? Tied for the team lead with six sacks on the season ? Totaled 42 tackles on the year, with eight tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and three quarterback hurries ? Started at Rhode Island and recorded nine total tackles ? Made five unassisted tackles against Delaware, with one tackle for loss and a pass breakup ? Had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and two tackles against Villanova ? Totaled four tackles and a sack against AIC ? Made seven tackles in the victory over Maine, with two sacks for 11 yards and a forced fumble ? Had a pair of tackles at Northeastern ? Started for the first time against New Haven, and recorded a team-high eight tackles with three sacks and a forced fumble ? Made two tackles against William & Mary ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the spring semester.

1999: Redshirted. Before UMass: Played for coach Marc Fazio at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, N.Y. ? Intercepted five passes during his senior season, in addition to rushing for over 1,000 yards on offense, and earned league MVP honors ? Totaled 10 interceptions and 1,996 rushing yards during his career ? Served as team captain during his junior and senior years, and was a two-time team MVP ? Played in the Outback All-Star Game ? Also a member of the track team at St. John the Baptist, running sprints.

Personal: Full name is Anton Anthony McKenzie ? Son of Anthony and Yvette McKenzie ? Born January 4, 1981, in Stony Brook, N.Y. ? Pursuing a Bachelor?s Degree with an Independent Concentration.

McKenzie?s Defensive Statistics

YearUTATTTSacksTFLINTPBU
20002814426-388-490-03
20014213550-03-52-293
200285321170-09-151-967
Totals155592146-3820-693-12513

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