Week 6: McKinstry recorded six tackles, and Texas A&M quarterback Max Johnson didn't shy away from McKinstry, targeting the corner five times in coverage. Kool-Aid gave three receptions for 40 yards, though most of the damage was a single 32-yard pass play to Aggies receiver Evan Stewart over McKinistry. Kool-Aid was in solid coverage; Johnson's exquisite ball placement on Stewart's back shoulder made the pass almost indefensible. — JH
Week 5: The Alabama corner made his presence felt as much blitzing Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers as he did dropping into coverage and defending against Rogers' passes. Rogers targeted McKinistry twice, but the All-American corner did not give up a reception and recorded a pass break-up on one of the targets. The Crimson Tide routed the Bulldogs 40-17. — JH
Week 4: In Alabam's 24-10 win over Ole Miss, McKinistry posted one solo tackle and two assisted tackles. In coverage, he was targeted four times but gave up only one catch, for 15 yards, and broke up a pass. — JH
Week 3: In Alabama's 17-3 win over South Florida, McKinstry played 77 snaps, was targeted three times in coverage, allowing two receptions. — JH
Week 2: McKinstry played 76 snaps against Texas, an indication as to how much time the Tide defense spent on the field in 'Bama's 34-24 loss. It wasn't the All-American corner's best day as Longhorns QB Quinn Ewers targeted him five times, completing four of those attempts, including a long of 32 yards. He also gave up one of Ewers' three TD throws. McKinstry recorded five tackles, but missed a couple of tackles as well. — JH
Week 1: In Alabama's 56-7 season-opening win over Middle Tennessee, McKinstry was targeted only twice and didn't allow a catch. He also totaled three tackles, two unassisted and one assisted as the Tide's defense gave up only 211 total yards. McKinstry returned five punts for 66 yards (13.2 average), with a long of 33 yards.
Week 0: DNP
HISTORY — from college profile
2022: Returned to his starting spot at corner in year two while also handling punt return duties ... earned first team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus at cornerback ... named a second team All-American at corner by the AFCA and The Sporting News ... also a second-team corner by CBS Sports and a third-team honoree on defense according to the Associated Press ... picked up second-team honors as a punt returner by the FWAA and was tabbed a third-teamer at punt returner by PFF ... selected to the All-SEC First Team as a defensive back by both the AP and the league coaches ... also picked up second team All-SEC honors from the conference coaches as a return specialist ... ranked second among Division I punt returners with 332 yards ... averaged 15.8 yards per return, good for second in the nation and tops in the SEC ... returned 21 punts with a long of 45 ... totaled 35 tackles from his corner post, including two tackles for loss (-16 yards) and one sack (-12 yards) ... also contributed a team-high 15 pass breakups to go with two fumble recoveries and an interception that he returned 26 yards ... named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player ... selected as a midseason All-American by TSN ... named one of the special teams players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff for his play against ULM and at Arkansas ... earned defensive player of the week accolades from the Tide coaches for his efforts in Fayetteville. Utah State: Broke up one pass in his start against the Aggies ... also assumed punt return duties, combining for 20 yards on three returns. Texas: Recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss (-12 yards), to go with a pass breakup ... added two punt returns for no gain. ULM: Contributed to the Tide's 262 combined punt return yards to break the previous school record of 204 that was set in 1947 ... accumulated 136 yards on five punts to average 27.2 yards per return ... his 136 punt return yards were the third-most in Alabama single-game history. Vanderbilt: Broke up a career-high three passes while contributing three tackles on defense ... also racked up 91 yards on four punt returns. Arkansas: Earned defensive and special teams player of the week accolades from the Tide coaches for his standout play in Fayetteville ... recorded six tackles, including one for loss (-4 yards), and a pair of pass breakups on defense ... returned three punts for a total of 77 yards with a long gain of 45. Texas A&M: Totaled two tackles against the Aggies ... also returned one punt for no gain. Tennessee: Targeted once in the game and did not allow a completion. Mississippi State: Broke up a career-high four passes to go with four tackles against the Bulldogs. LSU: Recorded two tackles and added one pass breakup in Baton Rouge. Ole Miss: Finished with two tackles against the Rebels. Austin Peay: Picked off his first pass of the season, returning the interception 26 yards, to go with three tackles on defense ... added one punt return for a 10-yard gain. Auburn: Recorded four tackles to go with one punt return in the Iron Bowl. Kansas State: Broke up a game-high three passes to go with one tackle in the Sugar Bowl.
2021: Earned a role in the Tide’s deep secondary unit during fall camp ... selected to the Freshman All-SEC Team by the conference coaches ... recorded 25 tackles, including one sack (-13 yards) ... also notched one interception and a pass breakup across his 15 games of action ... selected as one of the defensive players of the week by the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Mercer. Miami: Saw his first collegiate playing time. Mercer: Made his first start of the season ... totaled six tackles to tie for second on the UA defense ... also picked off his first career pass and added one pass breakup. Florida: Recorded one tackle on special teams against the Gators. Southern Miss: Finished with one tackle on the night. Ole Miss: Saw time on special teams against the Rebels. Texas A&M: Earned minutes in College Station. Mississippi State: Worked on defense and special teams against the Bulldogs. Tennessee: Saw time in the Homecoming matchup. LSU: Got the starting nod against the Tigers ... finished with one tackle on the night. New Mexico State: Earned minutes on defense and special teams. Arkansas: Entered in a pinch and stepped up to the challenge ... recorded two tackles from his corner spot. Auburn: Got the starting nod in the Iron Bowl ... recorded two tackles, including a huge sack (-13 yards) late in the game ... also broke up the Tigers' two-point try in the fourth overtime to give UA the ball back in position to win. Georgia: Made a second straight start at corner for the Tide ... finished with three tackles on the day. Cincinnati: Totaled five tackles in his start at the Cotton Bowl. Georgia: Finished with four tackles against the Bulldogs.
High school: Attended Pinson Valley High School (Pinson, AL)...Widely considered the top cornerback in the 2021 signing class ... a five-star on the 247Composite ... ranks as the nation's No. 23 overall player on the 247Composite, the No. 1 corner and the top player in Alabama ... the No. 18 player nationally in the Top247 by 247Sports and the site's top-ranked cornerback ... rivals.com ranks him 46th nationally, as the No. 2 cornerback and as the No. 1 recruit in Alabama ... a four-star recruit and No. 38 in the ESPN300 according to ESPN.com ... the No. 4 athlete, No. 2 player in Alabama and No. 17 player in the Southeast Region by ESPN ... No. 13 on the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and the publication's No. 1 cornerback and top player in his state ... selected to the Under Armour All-America Game roster ... earned Alabama all-state honors from Max Preps ... played for head coach Sam Shade at Pinson Valley High School ... a playmaker on both sides of the football, leading the Indians to the Alabama 6A State Championship in 2020 and three titles in four years ...
Chose Alabama over Auburn and LSU.