Senior athlete is first Oregon player to earn MaxPreps Athlete of the Month

PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais senior Peter McKinley (left) stands with former University of Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Marines Russell Mullis and Rafael Yumo after receiving the MaxPreps National Athlete of the Month award at an assembly on Friday at Gervais High School.
During the height of Marcos Mariota mania at the University of Oregon, Gervais senior Peter McKinley had eyes for the other side of the ball.

"Everyone always goes crazy for Marcus Mariota," McKinley said. "I'm a defensive guy, so Deforest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Ifo (Ekpre-Olomu) — those are my guys."

A linebacker for the Gervais Cougars football team, McKinley was a defense-first guy who looked opposite of the Ducks' impressive offensive machine for inspiration.

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