Nov 9, 2015
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The UCLA football team received a big boost from Kennedy High grads Takkarist McKinley and Kenneth Walker III on Saturday, as the Bruins blanked Oregon State 41-0.

Defensive end McKinley had two of the team’s three sacks, along with five solo tackles, three for losses, during the route. Walker caught a pass for 63 yards.

A lot has been written about McKinley and the role UCLA’s improving defensive line has played in the team’s three-game win streak. McKinley’s speed and athleticism were praised in this Pac-12 highlights video from Saturday’s game.

A report by the Los Angeles Times talked about how UCLA’s defensive line has been spending time with a martial arts instructor to work on hand-to-hand combat techniques.

“We just have to win our one-on-one battles, it’s that simple,” McKinley told the Times. “We practice our technique and get out there and win.”


  1. Takkarist was originally slated to play for Cal. Their loss. The Bears can use someone of that caliber.

    Don Gosney | Nov 9th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.