McCray Healthy, Expected to Start at DT

Teraz McCray enters his junior season as an expected starter at defensive tackle. Last season the Pompano Beach native played in the final five games after suffering a torn ACL just one day prior to the 2005 spring game.

The 2005 season was rough for McCray who recorded 10 tackles and one sack in five games after making his season debut on November 5--just seven months after suffering the ACL injury.

"The season was hard for me because I had high expectations for myself," McCray said. "The injury threw me off track a little bit and towards the end of the year I just gradually got better."

"Now I am just trying to pick up where I left off," added McCray.

The Hurricanes began spring practice on March 21 and have completed their first week. According to McCray things are going well.

"It feels good getting back into everything," McCray said. "Everybody was a little rusty when we first started practicing, but we are good now."

McCray entered the spring as the starting right defensive tackle next to Kareem Brown.

"I am just doing what I can to help my team win the national championship," said McCray. "With Orien (Harris) gone, I have to step up and do my part by making plays."

A year ago at this time McCray was one of the defensive standouts of spring practices. He made a number of plays and head coach Larry Coker considered him "unblockable".

He hopes to have that same kind of success in the spring with his larger role.

"Spring practices get you back into the groove and you are out here competing for jobs," McCray said. "There isn't anything written in stone yet so everybody is trying to take their game to the next level. I am trying to take my game to the next level."

The defensive line has two new coaches, John Palermo and Clint Hurtt. With the new additions players have to make adjustments.

"With the new coaches we have to feel out everything to see what they want," said McCray.

Practice resumes on Tuesday at 3:20 p.m., but remains closed to the public.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com


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