It's a big, big step for McKelvey, who ripped his anterior cruciate ligament 11 months ago.
"People underestimate me because I'm a smaller linebacker," said McKelvey, who is 6-1, 205. "But what they don't realize is I have a lot of power. It's a weight situation, of course, but weight shouldn't be a problem as long as you play with strength, play with power, play with technique, everything fits in the right place."
The depth chart at cornerback suggests a three-man rotation, Monterius Lovett, Darryl Roberts and Derrick Thomas - zero surprise there. It's uncertain when Keith Baxter returns to full contact, or his immediate role when he is cleared.
At strong-side linebacker, used when the Herd goes into a 4-3, Raheem Waiters is listed even with Derek Mitchell. A little Riverside-Point Pleasant battle there.
Who returns kicks will be up in the air all season, it seems - even during games. The chart lists four kickoff returners, with Smith and Tommy Shuler as punt returners.
Among the more definite listings, true freshman Amareto Curraj has unseated Justin Haig on kickoffs, though Haig still mans the extra-point/field-goal duties. Craig Wilkins remains at "Z" receiver, Taj Letman has outdueled A.J. Leggett at free safety and redshirt Corey Tindal is the starting nickel.
The stone-cold locks of camp were quarterback Rakeem Cato, slot receiver Shuler and strong safety D.J. Hunter.
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