USF Football BIO
27 Tyrone McKenzie
2008: Consensus first team All-BIG EAST selection ... Led USF in tackles for the second consecutive season with 116 ... Established USF record for tackles over two consecutive season with a total of 237 – 121 in 2007 and 116 in 2008 ... His 116 tackles in 2008 rank as the third-best single-season total in program history ... Also led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss ... Contributed one sack, one interceptions and eight pass breakups ... A preseason candidate for the Butkus , Nagurski and Lott trophies ... Finished collegiate career with three consecutive games of 10 or more tackles, including a season-high 15 against UConn ... Also had 15 tackles against Pitt ...Registered a tackle for loss in 10 of 13 games ... Served as a team captain for 11 games ... Completed collegiate career with 368 tackles, including 131 during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Michigan State and Iowa State, respectively.
2007: The Bulls’ leading tackler was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team ... Transitioned from Big 12 to BIG EAST and continued to play at all-conference level ... Compiled a USF single-season record 121 tackles at strongside linebacker ... His total is remarkable because he split time with fellow LB Brouce Mompremier on passing downs and in nickel formation ... Collected 250 tackles, including 129 at Iowa State in 2006, during his last two seasons of football ... Tied a USF single-game record with 18 tackles in the season finale at Pitt ... Seven games with 10 tackles or more ... 78 of his tackles have been solo ... Also compiled 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Also blocked a kick against Rutgers ... Did not have to sit out transfer year due to NCAA hardship waiver.
2006 (IOWA STATE): 2006 All-Big 12 Second Team selection ... Finished eighth in the nation with 10.75 tackles per game in 12 appearances ... Had 129 total tackles ... 9.5 tackles for loss with two sacks ... Also forced four fumbles and had one interception with a 17-yard return ... Started all 12 games at middle linebacker ... Had career-best 16 tackles vs. Northern Iowa ... Twice had 15 stops vs. Toledo and Oklahoma.
2005: Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year while he sat out his NCAA transfer season from Michigan State.
2004 (MICHIGAN STATE): Played in 11 games as a true freshman and was credited with three tackles.
RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked among Florida’s top 50 prospects by the Tampa Tribune ... First-team All-Hillsborough County selection by the Tampa Tribune ... Second-team all-county pick by the St. Petersburg Times ... Played in the Dec. 6 Hillsborough County All-Star Game in Raymond James Stadium ... Rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior for coach Dan O’Regan at Riverview (Fla.) High School ... Averaged 7.7 yards per carry in 2003 ... Produced four 200-yard rushing games as a senior, including an 80-yard TD run ... Picked up 230 yards vs. Jefferson ... Rushed 20 times for 205 yards and four TDs vs. Brandon ... Had 165 yards and three TDs vs. King, scoring on runs of 4, 45 and 19 yards ... Suffered a broken leg in the second game of his junior year and missed the remainder of the 2002 season ... Qualified for the 2004 state 4A track championships in the 110 hurdles.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 11, 1985, in Queens, N.Y. ... Raised by Ruth McKenzie ... Father, Rupert passed away when Tyrone was nine ... Three sisters: Tonya, Regina and Kaitlin.