NEW MEXICO:Third-year starter at quarterback who was enjoying a breakthrough season in 2005 before an old back injury kept him out of the final two regular season games...2006 team captain and all-MWC candidate...listed as the nation's fourth-best dual-threat quarterback by CollegeFootballNews.com...has displayed tremendous toughness and play-making ability...can cause defenders fits with his outstanding speed and agility, as well as a deceptively strong, accurate arm...worked tirelessly to learn new coordinator Bob Toledo's system in the offseason and grew more comfortable with each practice during the spring...did a nice job of spreading the ball around and improved throwing the deep ball during the spring...Toledo says he expects McKamey to have a big year running the offense if he can stay healthy...should take far fewer direct hits with the elimination of the option from the Lobos' offense...one of the most powerful QBs ever to play at UNM, setting the position power clean record last spring with a 323-pound lift...in 2004 he became the first New Mexican to start a season opener for the Lobos since Barry Garrison (Albuquerque) in 1987...has an 12-8 record in his 20 starts...ranks among the career top-10 at UNM with 3,085 passing yards (10th), 258 completions (9th), a 55.1 completion percentage (4th) and 21 TD passes (T8th)...4 career 100-yard rushing games and is the only Lobo to rush for 100 and throw for 100 in a game 3 times...he and Billy Rucker (1985) are the only players ever to twice rush for 100 and throw for over 200 in a game...only Lobo in history with 150 yards rushing and passing in one game (152r, 172p vs. New Mexico State in 2005)...129 yards shy from becoming the third Lobo to gain 1,000 yards rushing and 3,000 yards passing (Donald Sellers and Stoney Case)...two-time MWC Offensive Player of the Week award winner...served as the No. 2 QB in 2003 and earned some valuable game experience...appeared briefly in 2002 against Texas Tech as a true freshman after starter Casey Kelly broke his arm...was granted a medical redshirt year after injuring his back in practice, which sidelined him for the rest of the season.
CAREER HIGHS:Passing Yards: 288, vs. UNLV (9/5/05).
Completions: 25, at TCU (10/1/05).
Pass Attempts: 43, at TCU (10/1/05).
Passing TDs: 3, at San Diego State (10/22/05)/at Missouri (9/10/05).
Longest Pass: 69 yards, at Colorado State (10/30/04).
Interceptions: 4, at TCU (10/1/05).
Rushing Yards: 152, vs. New Mexico State (9/10/05)/vs. Wyoming (11/20/04).
Total Offense: 345 yards, vs. Navy (12/30/04).
2005 (JUNIOR):When healthy, he was one of the league's most improved and productive QBs, driving one of the league's most balanced offenses...missed the 2nd half at Wyoming (Oct. 15) with a thumb and hip injury, and did not play in the final 2 regular season games (at Utah, vs. Air Force) after aggravating an old back injury during the Lobos' bye week...in the 8 games he started and finished healthy the UNM offense averaged 417.8 yards/game (206.0 rushing & 211.8 passing)...posted career-best numbers despite the injury problems...averaged a career-high 234.6 yards of total offense (186.9 passing, 47.7 rushing) in 9 games (all starts)...averaged 261 yards of total offense (207 passing, 54 rushing) in the 8 games he started and finished healthy...134.3 pass efficiency rating was 6th on the UNM single-season list, while his 62.3 (144-231) completion percentage was the best ever by a Lobo QB...passed for 1,682 yards, including 13 TDs and 9 INTs...threw just 6 TD passes and had 1,272 yards passing in 11 games as a first year starter in 2004...career-high 429 rushing yards (119 attempts) with 2 100-yard games...scored 4 TDs on the ground, including a season-long run of 71 yards...excluding yardage lost on 11 sacks (74), he had 503 yards rushing on 108 attempts (4.7 avg. - 55.9/game)...at San Diego State...Rebounded from an injury-shortened game the previous week with one of his best performances of the season...completed 65.6 percent of his passes (21-32) for 248 yards and tied his career-high with 3 TD passes...also carried the ball 9 times for 22 yards, including a 1-yard TD plunge, for 270 yards of total offense...delivered a perfect 17-yard TD pass to Travis Brown as he was hit in the pocket on a 3rd-and-8 play and later fired a laser to Hank Baskett for a 10-yard score on 3rd-and-7...bought time in the pocket, avoiding several defenders before finding Baskett again from 11 yards out...tremendous job avoiding the blitz, buying himself time to find open receivers while not taking a sack...at Wyoming...Completed 5 of 8 passes for 27 yards before being knocked out of the game with an injured thumb and hip flexor late in the 2nd quarter...was twisted awkwardly by one defender at the end of a running play...vs. BYU...Outstanding effort engineering the spread option offense, which gained 462 yards on the night, the team's second-best output of the season...became the first Lobo ever to throw for 100 yards and rush for 100 in a game three times in a career...finished with 218 yards in the air on 18-28 passing (64.3%) and no interceptions...also had 103 rushing yards on 17 carries (6.1 avg.), including a 2-yard TD run, and a long gain of 30...made one of the plays of the game, when he escaped from two blitzing Cougars, buying time to complete a 43-yard pass downfield to Hank Baskett...UNM found the end zone 4 plays later...at TCU...Up-and-down game, but displayed tremendous resilience following a rough first quarter...had a career-high in pass completions (25) and attempts (43), and had the second-highest yardage (245) and passing TD (2) totals of his career...threw a career-high 4 INTs...started the night 2-8 for -9 yards and 2 INTs...finished 23-35 (66%) for 254 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTS over the final 3 quarters of play...completed passes to 7 different WRs...also had 41 yards rushing on a career-high 20 carries...lost 15 yards on a season-high 4 sacks...at UTEP...Faced a big pass rush for the first time this season, but hung in and continued to battle for all four quarters in front of a deafening road crowd...completed 15 of 24 passes (63%) to 8 different receivers, finishing with 136 yards...nearly completed a 57-yard Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half...threw his second INT while trying to convert a 3rd-and-25 play...vs. New Mexico State...Became the first Lobo ever to record at least 150 yards rushing and 150 yards passing in a game, finishing with 152 and 172, respectively...it was also the second 100-100 performance in his last 4 games as he became the 9th player in Lobo history to accomplish the feat twice in a career...tied his career-high and went over the century mark for the third time with a game-high 152 yards rushing on 14 carries (10.9 avg.)...ripped off a 71-yard TD run on an option keeper...also completed 12 of 19 passes (63%) for 172 yards and two more TDs...threw a TD pass on the Lobos' opening drive for the fourth consecutive game, hitting TE John Mulchrone for a 17-yard score five minutes in...completed passes to 7 different receivers, but also threw his first INT of the year in the 3rd quarter, snapping a streak of 71-straight passing attempts without a turnover that dated back to the 2nd quarter of the 2004 Emerald Bowl...named MWC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career for his performance...at Missouri...Excellent all-around game, completing 14-25 passes (56%) for 188 yards and a career-high 3 TD passes without being intercepted...threw scoring strikes of 25 and 9 yards to Hank Baskett and found TE John Mulchrone on the Lobos' opening possession for a 6-yard score...made several big-time plays with his feet as well, finishing with 41 yards on 10 carries, including a long of 16...picked up 3 rushing 1st downs on 3rd down plays, including two 3rd-and-long conversions and a 3-yard TD run on 3rd-and-goal...vs. UNLV...Got off to a great start in the season-opener...completed his first 5 passes and 10 of his first 12...finished 20-29 (70%), despite two dropped passes, for a career-high 288 yards and 2 TDs...found 6 different receivers...hit Hank Baskett in the end zone with a beautiful 47-yard strike in the 1st quarter...also carried the ball 14 times for 38 yards.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Showed real promise in his first 11 games as a starter and emerged as a strong game manager, leading the Lobo offense down the final stretch of the regular season...a pair of concussions slowed his progress significantly after he opened the year with two strong performances vs. Washington State and Texas Tech...started the year 28-54 (51.9%) for 402 yards...was then knocked out of the Oregon State game just before halftime and two games later, hit hard, helmet-to-helmet, on an option keeper during the second series vs. Utah...teammates called timeout after he staggered getting to his feet...showed no ill effects at the time when trainers examined him, but felt sick to his stomach in the following days and admitted later to having trouble remembering parts of the game...did not play the following week at Air Force, but returned to action at UNLV...averaged 115.6 yards passing and completed 49% (103-210) of his passes on the year...had 6 TDs and 9 INTs, and an efficiency rating of 100.78...finished second on the team with 416 yards rushing and scored a team-high 6 TDs on the ground...rushing yardage was the most by a UNM QB since Graham Leigh in 1997...averaged 145 yards rushing, gaining 8.5 yards/carry, in his final two games (290 total)...ranked sixth in the MWC, averaging 153.5 yards of total offense/game...Emerald Bowl (vs. Navy)...Turned in the best game of his young career on the muddy bowl game stage...became the first Lobo in seven years (Leigh - 1997) to rush and pass for over 100 yards in a game, throwing for 207 and gaining an Emerald Bowl record 138 on the ground...was the 4th player in UNM history to join the 100/200 club...responsible for 345 of the Lobos' 419 yards (82%) - the team's best output ever in a bowl game...threw a perfect strike to Logan Hall across the middle for a 17-yard TD on a 3rd-and-14 play to give UNM a 7-0 first quarter lead...completed a career-best 63% of his passes (15-24), but threw a costly INT in Navy territory late in the 1st quarter and was picked off on a "Hail Mary" attempt at the end of the half...vs. Wyoming...Threw for just 40 yards (5-15), but was sensational running the option...carried the ball 15 times for 152 net yards (174 gross), the most by a Lobo QB since 1973...had 10 yards at halftime before ripping off an 80-yard option keeper down the right sideline on the Lobos' 3rd posession of the 2nd half...TD run gave UNM the lead for good and was the longest by a Lobo since 1995...picked up 46 more yards on UNM's next drive to set up a DonTrell Moore TD...at BYU...Threw the ball as well as he has all year, completing 7-12 (58%) passes for 143 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT...averaged 20.4 yards per completion...surprised the Cougars by hitting 3-5 passes for 78 yards (26 avg.) and a TD in the 1st quarter as UNM jumped out to a 14-7 lead it would never relinquish...sparked the offense with a perfectly placed 47 streak pass to Hank Baskett to set up a TD on the Lobos' 3rd drive...came back and hit Baskett on the ensuing possession with another well thrown ball, this time for a 29-yard TD in traffic...2nd quarter INT snapped a streak of 79 straight pass attempts without a pick...rallied back in the 2nd half, leading UNM on its longest drive of the year (15 plays, 87 yards, TOP 7:52) for what proved to be the game-winning TD...was 3-4 for 59 yards on the drive and according to the coaches, he checked off several times into better plays...vs. San Diego State...Only threw for 106 yards, but completed 10-17 passes, including a 21-yard TD pass on a screen play to DonTrell Moore...completion percentage of 58.8% and efficiency rating of 130.61...gained 52 yards rushing on 16 carries, including a 3-yard TD, but lost 55 on sacks and a fumble...at UNLV...Showed no rust in his return to action after a week layoff...hit 7-12 passes in the 1st quarter, including 5 straight at one point...finished 14-26 (53.8%), despite 3 drops by UNM receivers...threw for just 92 yards, but had what proved to be a game-winning 34-yard TD strike late in the 3rd quarter and was not intercepted...also had 24 yards on the ground and converted a pair of 3rd down plays with his feet...did an excellent job orchestrating the Lobo option attack and kept himself out of harm's way with well-timed slides...vs. Texas Tech...Earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading UNM to its first victory over the Red Raiders in 20 years...finished with 222 yards of total offense and was responsible for all 3 Lobo TDs on the night...hit 12-24 passes for 173 yards with 1 TD and rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries, including a pair of scoring runs...etched his name in New Mexico history after engineering the game-winning scoring drive from the UNM 20-yard line with 1:47 left in the contest...with the score tied at 24, he led the Lobos on an 11-play 54-yard march down the field...opened the drive with a 10-yard option keeper and capped it by completing a 14-yard pass to freshman WR Marcus Smith that moved the ball to the Texas Tech 25...two plays later, Wes Zunker nailed a 43-yard FG to give UNM the victory...completed 11 of his last 19 passes (58%) for 168 yards...scored on option keeper runs of 12 and 6 yards...had a 15-yard scramble on a 3rd-and-6 play and later on the drive hit Hank Baskett for a 7-yard TD on 4th-and-3 to tie the game at 14...vs. Washington State...Up-and-down performance in his first career start in front of a national TV audience...16-30 passing for 229 yards, but had 3 INTs as well...started strong, hitting 10-15 passes for 87 yards in the first half...stood in against a WSU blitz and completed a beautiful 45-yard strike to Baskett across the middle, setting up a Lobo field goal...did a nice job engineering a strong UNM option attack to help DonTrell Moore to a 167-yard rushing night.
2003 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games, mostly as the Lobos' PAT/FG holder...took offensive snaps in 6 games, including some at WR...saw most of his action vs. New Mexico State and Oregon State...10-23 passing (43.5%) for 128 yards on the year...2 TD and 3 INTs...also 15 carries for 28 yards...Las Vegas Bowl (vs. Oregon State)...Replaced Casey Kelly at QB late in the 3rd quarter...finished with 25 yards on 4-9 passing...fired a 17-yard bullet to Dwight Counter on 3rd-and-8 for the Lobos' final TD...also picked up 18 yards after a fingertip catch in the 1st quarter to set up the first UNM TD...vs. New Mexico State...Started the second half in place of an ineffective Kelly...finished the game 3-3 passing for 17 yards...7-yard TD pass to Hank Baskett proved to be the game-winner...vs. Texas State...2-6 passing for 72 yards and 1 INT in his official Lobo debut...first completion was a 48-yard bomb to Counter...also ran twice for 15 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2002 graduate of Artesia (N.M.) HS...all-state quarterback for the New Mexico 4A champion Bulldogs...threw for 1,963 yards and 20 TDs as a senior...also adept at running, rushing for 859 yards and 16 TDs last season for head coach Cooper Henderson...timed at 4.45 in the 40...played in the North-South All-Star game this summer...the state's second-leading receiver (805 yards) and Artesia's reserve quarterback as a junior...also a guard for the Bulldogs' basketball team and he was a member of the school's state champion 4 x 100 meter relay team in 2001...placed second in the state 100 meters as a junior as well.
PERSONAL:Born April 24, 1984, in Roswell, N.M...age is 22...full name is Kole David McKamey...son of Keith and Kay...father is a geologist, mother an English teacher at Artesia High...dad was a linebacker and punter at Tarleton State...older sister Krista attended Texas Tech, majoring in Pre-Vet...Kole has a twin sister, Kayla...majoring in Communications.