McCord talks about move to OLB

Tyriq McCord is now playing sam linebacker this spring. Read on to see what he's saying about his progress there, his return from a recent knee injury, and much more.

On playing linebacker now:
Linebacker is going great. It feels good knowing both areas of the defense. I was playing rush and now I’m playing sam. I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did as a sophomore.

On the biggest challenges there:
Reading my key, trusting my key. I didn’t understand playing linebacker who to key on, especially lining up off the line. When I play 4-3 linebacker, I understand who to look at it and I’m able to find the ball real good.

On his exact role:
I’m up on the line mostly. There are certain packages they want certain guys in there together.

On the knee injury he had last week:
My knee is doing great. I had a little stinger, at the beginning of the first scrimmage. I banged it up but nothing happened until Sunday at spring break and it started swelling up. I’m back, and good now. I’m gonna ice it down. There’s nothing wrong with it.

On goals for the spring game:
Be dominant. Personally, I want to go out and feel comfortable and tell everyone what to do. At the beginning I had to remember what I had to do. Now as a senior, I can tell the younger guys in the middle of a play to let them know what gap to be in, to be more comfortable. As a defense, be dominant. The last scrimmage we slacked a little bit. When I’ve been playing we’ve been dominant.

On being a senior now:
It’s my last spring game. I was just 209 pounds walking in here yesterday. These four years go by quick. J Lew, Hurns, all those guys told me it’ll go by quick and now look at me.

On Quan Muhammad:
He plays outside linebacker. That’s the same position I played last year.

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