MacGinnis' Master Plan: Senior Kicker Gearing up for Big Year

08/01/2017 09:46 PM

A hero not once, but twice in 2016.

Austin MacGinnis delivered two of the most exciting moments in the Mark Stoops’ era when he hit game winning field goals against Mississippi State and arch-rival Louisville, helping propel Kentucky to its first bowl game in six seasons.

The senior hasn’t just excelled on the field at Kentucky, but off it as well. MacGinnis graduated this past May with a degree in Finance and is spending his final year at Kentucky working on a master’s degree in business administration at UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. For MacGinnis, the decision to graduate early and go for his masters was a no-brainer.

“I think it was just the best use of time for me,” said MacGinnis. “I could’ve either graduated with three degrees, or, I graduated with finance instead and now I’m going to do my MBA and I think that holds a little bit more weight than just having three business degrees.”

MacGinnis began the one year program in June and is adjusting to the increased workload in the classroom.

“It’s definitely been a balancing act with time management and stuff. I wake up at about five every day and get my day rolling, but it’s going to pay off. At least that’s what everyone tells me.”

He expects the master’s degree to help him land a better job in the business world, but is still focusing on playing football at the next level.

“At this point, I want to play in the NFL. I’m not going to look for a full-time job right away. I’m going to hope that maybe there’s some people that support UK football that might have a business that could really help me out with a part-time gig or something that still is towards my finance and MBA degree. But also, if they believe in me to achieve in the NFL, that’s the ultimate goal and then if that doesn’t happen, if it’s not in God’s plan, then I’ll strive to do something in the work force.”

MacGinnis enters his final season at Kentucky just 49 points away from becoming the team’s all-time leading scorer. Would it mean a lot to him if he broke the record? Definitely. But for now, he’s focused on continuing to be the best teammate and best student he can be. He hopes fans remember him for his heart, character and love for the Kentucky Wildcats.

“I just want to be known as a nice guy, that I bled blue. I did everything I could do while I was here to perform well on the field and do well off the field because I think that’s an important thing to make connections and be nice to people and have an impact on maybe some kid’s lives, that they can come out and achieve their dreams of playing in the SEC because when I was younger, this was all a dream. I just wanted to be on scholarship and play college football and so, it’s been a fast journey. It goes quicker than you think it would, but it’s been fun.”

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