McCray Makes Impact in Return

Sometimes a player can make an impact on a game without putting up amazing numbers on the stat sheet. Last Thursday against Texas A&M, senior defensive tackle Teraz McCray made his first appearance in two weeks. McCray was injured against Oklahoma and had missed the previous game against FIU. He, along with others, helped bolster an interior line that had been decimated by injuries.

"It felt kind of good, you know. I'm still hurting a little bit, but I'm fighting through the pain," Teraz McCray said after helping Miami hold Texas A&M to a season-low 98 yards rushing. McCray, along with juniors Antonio Dixon and Dwayne Hendricks returned to the lineup on Thursday and gave the defensive line some much needed depth along the interior.

"It helps us a lot, being able to have a rotation, keeping everybody fresh and up to speed, up to par. It helps us a lot," McCray said about the influx of healthy players. Against Duke on Saturday, the depth will only improve, as redshirt freshman Josh Holmes will see time in the rotation after being out the previous three games with an injury.

McCray also spoke about the game plan against Texas A&M and how the defense planned to stop the Aggies' rushing attack, as well as how they were able to force so many turnovers.

"It's just something that we work on every day, turnover drills. We work it every day in practice, recovering fumbles, causing fumbles, so when it comes to the game, they come more easily."

"Our plan from the start was to take away the running game, whether it was outside, inside, you know," he said. "We were just going to stop the run and we did that. We wanted to stop the run and make them pass."

McCray and the 'Canes take on Duke this Saturday at noon.


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