McKinley leads eight elected to USC Hall of Fame

Kenny McKinley is South Carolina's all-time leader in pass receptions, with 207. (File)

Kenny McKinley, South Carolina’s career leader in pass receptions, was among eight Gamecocks greats elected Tuesday to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

USC’s Association of Lettermen also chose football cornerback Sheldon Brown, current men’s soccer coach Mark Berson, basketball guard Devan Downey, baseball pitchers Greg Ward and David Marchbanks, softball player Karen Sanchelli and sprinter Miki Barber.

McKinley is South Carolina’s all-time leader in pass receptions with 207, and second only to Alshon Jeffery in yards receiving with 2,781. The wide receiver caught 19 career touchdown passes and holds the USC record with 43 consecutive games with a reception. He played one season with the Denver Broncos before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2010.

Brown, from Lancaster, was an All-SEC selection in 2000 and 2001 and was a member of the back-to-back Outback Bowl teams. He was a second-round selection in the 2002 NFL draft, and went on to an 11-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.

Downey, from Chester, ranks fourth on USC’s all-time scoring list with 1,901 points, a mark he achieved in three seasons. He was a three-time first-team All-SEC performer and earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2009 and 2010.

Marchbanks, from Simpsonville, went 31-8 in a three-year career including a 15-3 mark in 2003 to earn SEC Pitcher of the Year honors. He played on College World Series teams in 2002 and 2003. Ward ranks third in career wins at USC with 34, and played on the 1975 team that was the first to punch a ticket to Omaha.

Berson, USC’s head soccer coach since 1978, has won 472 games, and owns more NCAA Division I victories than any other active coach. His teams have reached the NCAA tournament 20 times, with the 1993 squad making the national championship game.

Sanchelli, now an assistant softball coach at Mississippi State, led the Gamecocks in batting average, base hits and slugging percentage for three consecutive seasons. Barber, who won five NCAA titles, was a member of the 2000 Olympic team and the 2002 women’s track squad which claimed USC’s first national title.