Tyrone McKenzie is a linebacker for the New England Patriots, who selected him with the 97th overall pick in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. McKenzie finished his college career at the University of South Florida after also playing for Michigan State and Iowa State. McKenzie is 6-feet, 2-inches tall and weighs 235 pounds.
Prep Career
McKenzie was a running back and linebacker at Riverview High School in Riverview, FL. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior, after missing most of his junior season due to a broken leg. McKenzie, who was recruited primarily as a defensive player, was ranked as the No. 85 linebacker in the class of 2004 by Scout.com. He made official visits to Michigan State and Ohio State, but committed to the Spartans just before signing day.
Freshman Year
In his one season at Michigan State, McKenzie played sparingly recording three total tackles in 11 games of action. After the 2004 season, he decided to transfer to Iowa State.
Sophomore Year
After sitting out 2005 due to NCAA transfer rules, McKenzie recorded 129 total tackles for Iowa State in 2006. He started all 12 games at middle linebacker and earned second team All-Big 12 honors. However, he ended up playing just one season for the Hawkeyes.
South Florida Career
Due to a family situation at home, McKenzie applied for a hardship waiver with the NCAA, so he could transfer to South Florida. He finished his college career with the Bulls, earning all-Big East honors in both his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, McKenzie set a school record with 121 total tackles. He also had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, earning second team All-Big East honors. He upped that to first team honors as a senior, again leading South Florida with 116 total tackles, including a team-high 15.0 for loss.
NFL Career
McKenzie was selected in the third round (97th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. During a rookie minicamp, McKenzie suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, and was officially placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31, 2009. Despite the injury, McKenzie signed a four-year/$2.381M contract with New England.