Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 17, 2020

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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18 OCT. 17, 2020 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY PATRICK ENGEL T he idea was to seek out a chal- lenge, because Javon McKinley understood those are benefi- cial. Even if they evoke short- term qualms. This particular academic one sure did. McKinley, now a Notre Dame fifth-year senior wide receiver, found himself initially swimming upstream when he enrolled in a Chinese class as an undergrad. "It was definitely a hard class, and I wasn't sure I'd stay in it to the end," McKinley said. McKinley has been a steady contributor for the Fighting Irish this year, but more so as a run blocker than a pass catcher. Pro Football Focus gave him a healthy 87.0 run-blocking grade in the first two games. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS EMBRACING A ROLE Fifth-year senior wide receiver Javon McKinley understands what he needs to be for Notre Dame, even if it's not what he once envisioned

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