Updated: September 8, 2015
2014-15: Played in five games, but missed the second half of the season due to injury … Logged 85 plays at tailback … Tallied 269 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 53 carries … Ran the ball nine times for 106 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut against William & Mary … Made it back-to-back games with a touchdown, scoring on a 2-yard run in the first quarter of the win at Ohio State … Ran the ball seven times for 18 yards against East Carolina … Had 51 yards on 12 rushes against Georgia Tech … Ran the ball 18 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, but suffered a torn right ACL late in the game … Had surgery to repair the knee in October … Was suspended from the team during spring practice.
2013-14: Enrolled in January, 2014 after graduating from high school early … Went through spring practice with the Hokies in a limited role while still rehabbing the injured knee … Was cleared for full activity at the end of spring practice.
High School: Lettered four times for Coach Mike Bosnic at Washington High … Missed most of his senior season after tearing his right ACL in a Sept. 13 game at Charleroi … On just 36 carries, rushed for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns … Led the WPIAL in rushing with 2,689 yards as a junior … Finished his career with 4,856 rushing yards … Participated in Nike’s The Opening … Listed as the No. 25 running back in the nation and the No. 7 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 245 player in the country, the No. 16 running back in the country and the No. 4 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 170 player in the country and the No. 18 running back in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 53 running back in the country, the No. 57 player in his region and the No. 9 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
Personal: Shai Avian McKenzie … Born Sept. 19, 1995 in Washington, Pa. … Son of Sean McKenzie and Misty Nolder … Has four siblings: Darnel, Sean, Sheniah and Gabby … Majoring in human development.