- Running Back
- 5' 11
- 215 lbs.
- High School/Other
- Washington, Pa.
Updated: May 24, 2016
2015-16: Limited to two games due to torn right ACL from 2014-15 season and received medical hardship waiver ... Logged just 27 plays at running back ... Had 13 carries for 50 yards .... Had five carries for 24 yards against Furman ... Had eight carries for 26 yards at Purdue.
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.