Keenan McCardell is in his second season as Maryland’s wide receivers coach.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, McCardell spent 19 seasons in the NFL, 17 as a player. The Houston native spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the wide receivers coach for the Washington Redskins.
In his first season in College Park, McCardell had two receivers total over 40 receptions with Stefon Diggs leading the way with 62. Diggs ranked fourth in the Big Ten averaging 79.2 yards per game and recorded four 100-yard receiving performances to earn second-team all-conference honors from the league’s coaches and honorable mention all-conference honors from the media.
Opposite Diggs, Deon Long hauled in 51 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. The senior ranked eighth in the Big Ten averaging 51.5 receiving yards per conference game.
McCardell also saw the development of Jacquille Veii and true freshman Juwann Winfree. Veii, who made the transition from running back to wide receiver during preseason camp, averaged 14.4 yards per reception, while Winfree averaged 19.8 receiving yards per game and recorded two touchdowns.
McCardell’s 2011 Redskins unit totaled 346 receptions, the second-highest total in franchise history at the time, and eclipsed the 4,000-yard plateau for the sixth time in franchise history (4,058).
In 2010, McCardell presided over a receiving corps that helped the Redskins set a then-franchise record for completions in a season (349). McCardell’s unit provided one of the league’s most consistent big play threats, as the team led the league with nine completions of at least 50 yards. Under McCardell’s guidance, undrafted free agent Anthony Armstrong had four receptions of 50-plus yards, and Armstrong’s 871 receiving yards were the most since 2004 by a Redskins’ receiver other than Santana Moss. Moss posted a career-high 93 receptions in 2010 and led the team in receiving yards (1,115) for the sixth consecutive season.
As a player, McCardell played in 209 career games, with 168 starts, and amassed 883 receptions for 11,373 yards, and 63 touchdowns. His reception total is 16th on the all-time list, while his receiving yardage total ranks 27th. McCardell played for five NFL franchises in his 17-year career mostly notably with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1996-2001.
McCardell ranks second all-time in receptions (499) and receiving yards (6,393) in Jaguars history including a career-best 94 receptions for 1,207 yards during the 2000 season. McCardell earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 1996 after totaling a team-best 85 receptions for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns. McCardell spent six seasons with the Jaguars including the 1996 and 1997 seasons, when current Maryland head coach Randy Edsall served as the team’s defensive backs coach.
Following six seasons in Jacksonville, McCardell played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and helped the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl title in 2002. McCardell led the team with six touchdown receptions and ranked second on the team with 61 catches that season. In 2003, McCardell was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time after registering 84 receptions for 1,174 yards and eight touchdowns.
McCardell entered the league in 1991 after being drafted by the Redskins in the 12th round of the NFL Draft out of UNLV. He spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve for a club that would win Super Bowl XXVI. McCardell completed his career with Washington in 2007.
Following his rookie campaign, McCardell landed in Cleveland, where he would play the next four seasons (1992-95). In his final season, McCardell emerged to record 56 catches for 709 yards and four touchdowns. The following offseason he became a free agent and signed with Jacksonville.
Following his time in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay, he moved on to San Diego, where he spent three seasons (2004-06) before playing his final year in Washington.
Upon finishing his playing career, McCardell began coaching by completing a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship with the New York Giants during the team’s 2009 training camp. He also coached the West’s wide receivers in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game.
McCardell worked in broadcasting as a studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet for the Redskins’ kickoff show in 2008 and served as a college football analyst for the Mountain West Network in 2009.
McCardell, and his wife, Nicole, have four children: daughters Keandra, Nia and Nakeeya’, and son Keenan II.
The McCardell File
Date of Birth: January 6, 1970
2007: Wide Receiver
San Diego Chargers
2004-06: Wide Receiver
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002-03: Wide Receiver
1996-2001: Wide Receiver
1992-95: Wide Receiver
1991: Wide Receiver
University of Nevada-Las Vegas