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OU Insider: Robert McCay's lessons live on with his son Justin

Incoming Oklahoma receiver Justin McCay lost his father before his senior year of high school. The loss forced Justin to grow up, which is why he could find himself in the receiving rotation as a freshman.
by Michael Baldwin Modified: June 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm •  Published: June 27, 2010

"We were concerned about him qualifying but he did a solid job, getting four A's and two B's. He's turned into a man this past year. He was a kid who was kind of lost. But the past year he's kind of found himself. He's ready to go there and compete."

Ryan Broyles will be the Sooners' No. 1 receiver. But who fills the other wide receiver roles will be determined during two-a-days and the non-conference schedule.

Besides McCay, other candidates include: Dejuan Miller, Brandon Caleb, Cameron Kenney, Jaz Reynolds, Mossis Madu and Kenny Stills

Grunhard said being part of a college program like OU will provide stability the 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver with 4.5 speed hasn't had since middle school.

"A lot of people have helped Justin but he's the one who has worked hard to be in this position," Grunhard said. "Now that he'll have his own dorm room, and be part of a program like OU, I'm confident he'll take ownership and thrive."

Justin has an older brother and younger sister. But it was Justin who gave a eulogy at his father's funeral. He wanted people to know how much his father meant to him, how lessons his father taught him will influence him the rest of his life.

"He was a fighter no matter what," Justin said. "Even when he got real sick he'd still go to work and help me work out. He was tough. His main thing was to work hard and give it your all. That's what I'm going to do in everything I do."

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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The Justin McCay file

Position: Wide Receiver

Ht.: 6-4

Weight: 210

Hometown: Shawnee, Kan.

High School: Bishop Miege

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