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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1999 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5219/show/5020.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1999 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5219/show/5020

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1999 - Sports, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed April 17, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5219/show/5020.

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Transcript BY NARK MAYORCA Cougars into the '98 battle. During the season, McKinley gradually improved week to week, capping off his early season success with a brilliant performance that was lost in the shuffle of a 38- 28 loss against Army on October 10. For the day, McKinley went 29 of 50 for 302 yards and four touchdowns.The fourTD passes were two more than McKinley's previous career high. "I think without a question we were a lot better on offense and defense. When the defense plays better it makes our job easier, and when we (offense) play better it makes it easier for them." This new maturity and confidence has not gone Jason McKinley Very few individuals are born with the talent and the intelligence to play college football, and even a fewer number are born to be a college quarterback. For sophomore Jason McKinley, however, it is a special gift he was blessed with. "I thank God everyday for the opportunity to play football for the University of Houston. It is a tremendous honor to play here, and to be the team's quarterback." McKinley's full name is Jason Namath McKinley, as he was named after Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. For the Jason McKinley brought new leadership and vision to the fledgling Cougar football team unnoticed by his teammates in the huddle or the coaches on the sideline. "On the field he is a take-charge kind of guy," running back Ketric Sanford said. "When he steps into the huddle, he's a leader that is all business." Early in the season, Head Coach Kim Helton said the key is for McKinley not to try to do everything himself, but to use all of his weapons around him. "Jason has to be smart and get the football to one of the players with tremendous skill level," Helton said. "He needs to hand it to Ketric (Sanford), throw it to Orlando (Iglesias) and throw it to Jarien (James), and that is not a hard game." Many did not think McKinley would perform this season as he did, even though the team could only manage a 6-5 record. Yet even with his '98 success, McKinley is definitely one oftheQB's of the future. "I think a lot of teams underestimated us, but we had our whole offense back, and we had a whole lot of new guys on defense who stepped up. Saying that, I really think we're capable of winning the conference championship next season. It may surprise some, but the guys on the team believe it." Cougar QB, the quarterback position has been embedded in his psyche since day one. "Being named after Joe Namath is something I always tell everybody," McKinley said. "I like guys like him, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Those guys are all just a bunch of winners." The road that eventually led McKinley to the UH in 1996 was a spiritual one. "I prayed, and my prayers helped me decide that UH was right for me," McKinley said. After being redshirted the entire 1996 season and alternating the first three games with Tyson Helton at quarterback, he captured the starting job in week four of the 1997 campaign. In 1998, there was no doubt who the leader of the Cougar air attack would be. "I felt real good coming into this season. The more reps you get in the game, the better you're going to be. The game has really seemed to slow down a lot for me this year; it doesn't feel like 100 miles per hour like last year." With the Cougars coming off a dismal 3-8 record, a more mature and consistent McKinley emerged to take the What It Takes' 57