When head coach Anthony Jones hired new receivers coach John McKenzie over the summer, he didn’t have to worry about a coach coming into a new program and feeling overwhelmed. McKenzie, whose resume includes head coach at Delaware State and an experience level nearly unmatched among coaches in the SWAC and MEAC, has hit the ground running and fit his style comfortably among the A&M coaching staff. While considered a veteran coach, McKenzie is far from set in his ways and brings a level of innovation to the table for the Bulldog receivers. Quiet in his leadership, but determined in his focus, McKenzie’s influence can already be felt on the practice field in just his first week.
The man who threw his way in college into the Jackson State Hall of Fame as a quarterback, now leads an experienced and talented corps of Alabama A&M receivers, led by All-America selection, Thomas Harris. Harris is not alone, however, with the continued emergence of Rashad Johnson and the return of Anthony Mitchell, there should be plenty of options for A&M signal callers this season. And all of those receivers, it seems, will be carrying with them the quiet confidence of their new leader, coach John McKenzie.