DT McCray Must be Dominant

With three defensive tackles gone from a year ago, Teraz McCray must be a dominant force during his senior season.

Teraz McCray has been steady, not spectacular during his career at Miami.

There have been times throughout his career, most notably in 2005 (torn ACL), when he appeared to be poised for a breakout season only to suffer a setback.

He did not arrive on campus as a highly regarded recruit. In fact, he was the last player to receive a scholarship in the 2003 signing class.

But McCray has made the most of his opportunity starting eight games--all in 2006--in his career.

He has played in 28 games in his career with 56 tackles including 13 for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He has forced one fumble and recovered two.

This year the Hurricanes need McCray to be dominant. With the departure of Kareem Brown, Bryan Pata, and Baraka Atkins along the defensive line, it will be up to McCray to be a solid force up front.

With all eyes on RDE Calais Campbell, McCray should be able to put together a productive season. Also, the emergence of DT Antonio Dixon will also ease some of the pressure off of McCray.

Last season the Hurricanes set a school record allowing just 67.9 rushing yards a game. The previous record was set in 1989 when they allowed 69.1 yards a game.

Miami allowed only one 100-yard rusher last season.

For UM to be successful against the run again they will need a dominant season from McCray. Dixon has just 21 career tackles and the next defensive tackle on the depth chart is Dwayne Hendricks has just 11 career tackles.

It will be up to McCray to lead the interior line.

If he is unable to perform, the Hurricanes will have a trouble stopping the run in 2007.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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