FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas opened preseason camp without one of its top wide receivers Monday.
Sophomore Mekale McKay is contemplating a transfer after meeting with coach Bret Bielema last week. Bielema described the sophomore’s status as “exploring options,” but emphasized that no formal scholarship release has been granted to the Louisville native.
“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. “Haven’t done a formal release, but obviously, a guy that has a lot of options in front of him if he does choose to leave.
“I told him I’d work with him the best I can in any way possible to help him get something that he’s looking for.”
McKay caught 21 passes for 317 yards with 2 touchdowns last season, making an instant impact as a true freshman. But the Razorbacks are shifting styles offensively, going from a pass-heavy offense to one that will be built around the ground game.
Bielema indicated the change in style was a reason for McKay’s unhappiness.
“During transition there’s going to be certain guys that kind of just jump in and go full speed ahead and there’s going to be others that maybe it just isn’t the same,” Bielema said. “I know he did express an interest to me into a type of offense that was kind of here prior to (the new staff). He’s obviously a very talented football player that is more than adequate to handle everything. But sometimes the fit just isn’t there.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau