Hogs wide receiver Mekale McKay considering transfer

Mekale McKay

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Arkansas’ already thin wide receiving core might have gotten a bit thinner this season.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said Monday that sophomore wide receiver Mekale McKay is considering a transfer to another school.

“Mekale Mckay wasn’t with us today,” Bielema said. “He and I had a conversation a week ago where he wanted to look at different options that could be available to him.”

Bielema said he hasn’t granted an official release to McKay, but indicated that should McKay request one, it would likely be given.

“I told him I’d work with him the best I can in any way possible to help him get something he’s looking for,” Bielema said.

Arkansas is seeking a replacement for top wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, the departing senior and now Cincinnati Bengal that led the Hogs with 90 receptions for over 1,300 yards last year. The Hogs also lost receiver/quarterback Brandon Mitchell, who transferred to NC State, and departed senior tight end Chris Gragg, who is now in the NFL as a member of the Buffalo Bills.

McKay was the top returning receiver from the 2012 team, finishing second on the squad as a freshman behind departing senior Cobi Hamilton in receiving yards with 317. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound receiver was also tied for first among returning players with 21 receptions last season.