Storm Warning: Calil McNary will be bringing the thunder to the party this coming Fall- @HopkinsCentral @CalilMcNary @PennyrileFB @HawaiiTikiBowl @Coach_Lovely

McNary's a load; ask anyone who has tried to tackle him

’24 FB/LB a ‘throw back’ type in today’s game of football

At 6’0,” 220 pounds McNary made our All-State, first team, a year ago because he is prototypically perfect to play FB in a high school offense. Now he just has to find a college which still uses the FB, may a SoCo team or a service academy, and we will be cooking with grease.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

We last featured McNary in September of 2022. We also selected Calil MaNary our first team FB on last year’s KPGFootball Kentucky All-State football team. We make no apologies, we believe he was the consummate performer at the FB position in the commonwealth.

Not too many college programs employ fullbacks, though the position looks poised to make a “comeback.” If a school is so inclined, listen up; we have one for you.

McNary is 6’0,” and weighs 220-pounds. He carried the football 166-times (1st on team) in ’22 gaining 1,245-yards (1st), or 7.5-yards every time he carried it. He scored 15-rushing TD’s (1st) or a TD every 11th carries, or thereabouts.

McNary swung out of the backfield and fielded 23-aerials, good for second on the team, for 285-yards passing and 3-TD’s through the air. McNary was the team’s leading scorer.

McNary carried the football 166-times and averaged 7.5-yards per; McNary scored 15-rushing TD’s (1st) or a TD every 11th-attempt

KHSAA statistical website

McNary played defense over his junior season. That is a “next-level” position he might well play in college.

At LB, McNary registered 34-tackles, 3-TFL’s, and 2-INT’s. The interceptions mark tied for team-high in that statistic. He also was among the leaders in PBU’s.

That is a tremendous amount of versatility out of a backfield piece which weighs as much or more than many linemen and linebackers. It evidences his rare athleticism, explosion, spacial quicks, and speed.

It is what makes him hard to tackle. It is why he is a Kentucky All-Stater. It is what we mean by his bring the Thunder.

In just a few weeks, everyone around this end of the commonwealth will know EXACTLY what we mean.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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