Boo McLee

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Kevin "Boo" McLee
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-11-24) November 24, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth: Caddo Parish Shreveport, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: West Virginia
Undrafted: 2007
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Kevin "Boo" McLee Jr.[1] (born November 24, 1983) is a former American football linebacker. He played collegiately at West Virginia University.

McLee played for the St. Louis Rams of the NFL and the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

College career[edit]

During high school in Uniontown, PA (suburban Pittsburgh), McLee rushed for 1,637 yards and led the team in tackles. McLee also lettered in basketball and track.

Following his uncle Billy and cousin Reggie McLee's footsteps, McLee attended West Virginia University. He was interested in Michigan State and Pittsburgh, but neither one gave him offers. McLee redshirted his 2002 freshman year, learning the complex 3-3-5 defensive scheme, but was rookie of the week in practice during the game week against the Miami Hurricanes.

Freshman (2002)[edit]

In 2002, McLee reshirted his true freshman season.

Freshman (2003)[edit]

In2003, McLee got more playing time with the graduation of Grant Wiley, 2002's starting linebacker. Behind linebacker Scott Gyorko, McLee totaled 46 tackles for the year and three sacks. McLee recorded two tackles against Wisconsin, three tackles and a sack in the game against the Cincinnati, and six tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery against the Maryland. McLee also forced fumble against Miami and Virginia Tech. In the Gator Bowl, McLee recorded six tackles.

Sophomore (2004)[edit]

In 2004, McLee played on the Mountaineer team that was expected to be National Championship contenders with Rasheed Marshall, Adam "Pacman" Jones, Chris Henry, and Kay-Jay Harris. Although the Mountaineers ended 8-4, McLee had a good season. McLee shared time with fellow junior Jeff Noechel, but recorded 44 tackles on the year. In an overtime win against Maryland, McLee recorded six tackles and forced a fumble. Against Virginia Tech, McLee led the team with 11 tackles and recorded a 10-yard sack against Boston College. McLee had a team-best eight tackles in the Gator Bowl loss to Florida State.

Junior (2005)[edit]

In 2005, McLee teamed up with a strong defense of Mike Lorello and Jahmile Addae at safeties. McLee earned 2005 first-team All-Big East honors, ESPN All-Conference honors, and All-ECAC honors as the starter. McLee recorded 78 tackles, which was second-best on the team. McLee had a team-high six tackles at Syracuse for the season-opener, a team-best 11 tackles in the East Carolina win, team-best nine tackles and a sack of Marcus Vick against Virginia Tech, 10 tackles and two pass break-ups in overtime win against the Louisville, 30-yard interception against UConn, and was the leading tackler with 11 tackles against Pitt. McLee won Girdiron Gladiator Award from the West Virginia coaches and was the Big East player of the week against Cincinnati. He was also named MVP on defense against Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, and Pitt.

Senior (2006)[edit]

In 2006, McLee finally started the whole season. He finished the season with 79 tackles but no sacks. McLee had his second career interception against Connecticut, which he returned for 10 yards. McLee had 9 tackles against Marshall, six tackles against Maryland, six against Syracuse, six against Connecticut, six against Cincinnati, and eight tackles in the overtime win against Rutgers. McLee finished the season on the Butkus Award list and traveled to the Senior Bowl.[2] In his final game as a Mountaineer, McLee totaled three tackles against Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Pro career[edit]

Pre-Draft[edit]

During the Senior Bowl, McLee was reported to be "looking quick". ESPN ranked McLee as the #14 inside linebacker in the class, out of the 29-ranked inside linebacker prospects. His toughness was praised, while his discipline and learning of schemes were issues. McLee played all three linebacking positions in college, which NFL scouts praised.

NFL Draft[edit]

McLee went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. A day later, McLee signed with the St. Louis Rams, who did not take any linebackers in the draft, as an undrafted free agent. "It's a slap in the face," McLee said. "Not one of us was drafted. It's very disappointing. We're going to show the league that we can play... They're going to notice us." McLee will join with fellow former-Mountaineer and quarterback Marc Bulger.

On July 18, 2007, McLee's father, Kevin McLee Sr.,[1] who was a running back at Georgia, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer[1] died at the age of 52.[3]

In October 2007, McLee was charged with intent to deliver cocaine and marijuana and several traffic violations.[4] The charges were dropped on February 12, 2008. The charges where however were refiled on February 18.[5]

CFL[edit]

Following being cut by the St. Louis Rams, McLee was signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League to a one-year deal. He reported that the Green Bay Packers were interested in him after his season with Calgary. McLee was later released by Calgary.

AFL[edit]

In 2008, he played in the af2 (a sort of "farm league" for the Arena Football League) with the Iowa Barnstormers and the Green Bay Blizzard.[6]

UNGL[edit]

Mclee was drafted into the newly created United National Gridiron League by Team Louisiana[6]

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Preceded by
Grant Wiley
WVU Starting Middle Linebacker
2003 - 2006
Succeeded by
Reed Williams