KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tuesday will host its annual Football Media Day at Children’s Mercy Park beginning at 9 a.m. The event will be streamed live on The MIAA Network and can be viewed for free on any device.
The University of Central Oklahoma football team will take its turn at the podium at 11:30 a.m. with seventh-year head coach Nick Bobeck, senior running back Clay McKenzie, and senior linebacker Alex Figueroa. McKenzie and Figueroa are also scheduled to appear on the MIAA’s Facebook page in a Facebook Live interview immediately following their turn on stage.
Bobeck and both players will be available to any other media all morning at Children’s Mercy Park.
Media Day is the unofficial starting line for the 2018 football season. The Bronchos report to fall camp on Sunday. The first game of the season for Central will be Aug. 30 in Pittsburg, Kansas. UCO opens the gates to Wantland Stadium on Sept. 6 when it hosts Nebraska-Kearney.
Bobeck enters his seventh season as head coach of his alma mater. He brings a 30-37 career record into 2018. The former Broncho fullback also carries a six-game winning streak into the new year.
Central went 8-4 in 2017, winning the final six games of the year and seven of the final eight. UCO won the inaugural Corsicana Bowl over former conference foe Tarleton State. The Bronchos’ 7-4 mark in the MIAA landed it in a tie for fourth place. All four of Central’s losses in 2017 were by one possession – a combined 21 points.
McKenzie returns to the field for a sixth-year. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 2 of last season, the Callisburg, Texas native was granted one more year of eligibility. He now looks to finish off his career in style and improve on the already highly successful numbers he’s put up since taking his first snap in 2014.
McKenzie’s eight 100-yard rushing games in 2015 are the most in one season in Central’s 115-year history. He also has 2,645 rushing yards in his career – ninth most in school history, and 37 rushing touchdowns – fourth most in school history. His 3,263 career all-purpose yards are also 10th in school history.
Figueroa has only played one season in a Broncho uniform, but he made a huge impact last fall. The Stafford, Va. native arrived on campus in the spring of 2017 on the heels of a JUCO national championship at Garden City (Kan.). He was the starting outside linebacker for the Bronchos in all 12 games last season and made his presence felt every week.
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