Scott McKillop is a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, who selected him with the 146th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. McKillop played at the University of Pittsburgh, where he played for four seasons after redshirting his freshman year. McKillop is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.
McKillop finished his high school career at Kiski Area HS (East of Pittsburgh, PA) as the most prolific tackler in school history with 332. His 161 career solo tackes was also a school record. McKillop made the AP Pennsylvania Class 4A All-State team (first team) as a senior. In addition to his defensive exploits, he rushed for 1,121 yards and 14 touchdowns as a fullback in his final two seasons. As a wrestler, Scott McKillop finished his senior season as the state runner-up (215-pound division) and compiled a career record of 109-10. He was also a member of the Pride Club and German Club.
After redshirting as a true freshman, McKillop lettered as the chief backup at middle linebacker in 2005. He played in all 11 games for the Panthers, seeing his most extensive playing time at middle linebacker when H.B. Blades went down with an injury against West Virginia. In that game, he collected a season-high 13 tackles.
McKillop also served primarily as a backup his sophomore season. His signature play in 2006 came when he teamed with Joe Clermond to make a key stop on fourth-and-inches in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati.
McKillop started all 12 games at middle linebacker his junior season, becoming one of the country's most productive defenders. He led FBS with 12.56 tackles per game, totaling 151 altogether (fourth in FBS). He headlined a Pitt defense that finished fifth in total defense, averaging 297.7 yards per game. McKillop was named to several All-America teams at season's end, including Sports Illustrated (second team) and The Associated Press (third team).
McKillop had another big season in 2008, leading the Big East in tackles (137) and tackles for loss (17.5), en route to being named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, leading the Panthers to a 9-4 record and appearance in the Sun Bowl.
McKillop was selected in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Before the 2009 season, McKillop signed a four-year/$1.942M contract with San Francisco.
Scott's brother, Robert, was a heayweight wrestler at Slippery Rock University. Scott has worked as an intern with the Pittsburgh Pirates, serving in their special events department.
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