"I thought we had really been doing a good job and you could see the progress," said McCorvey. "From the spring to when we came back after the summer, you could see the carry over. Omarr's passing percentage, which you want to be over 60 percent, wasn't there in the first two games. But he did well the next two games against Auburn and Maine.
"You could see Omarr more relaxed and confident in what he was doing. Then he wasn't able to practice all week and was out of sync at LSU. The thing that disappoints me is we had been making a lot of progress in the red zone and then struggled against Maine."
But a couple of steps were lost when the Bulldogs were blanked, 51-0, at LSU. To add injury to insult, McCorvey saw his starting quarterback, Omarr Conner, go down hard on the initial drive of the second half.
Of course, injuries are part of any sport, especially football. But with a new offense on the agenda, time off the field also means a regression with the West Coast terminology.
"You have to on the field with this offense," said McCorvey of Conner's setback. "It requires a lot of time working with the three step and five step passing game. It's a lot of timing in there between quarterbacks and the receivers. It hurts when you don't have your starting quarterback out there, obviously.
"And when he comes back, it hurts him because he hasn't been there to get the reps with the timing aspect. Footwork is so critical in this offense, too, so it's tough when you're not out there practicing."
McCorvey admitted the team's health is still a major concern, especially in the trenches. The Bulldogs have worked basically with six healthy linemen to date.
The numbers up front is something McCorvey is aiming to improve, giving the Bulldogs much-needed depth down the road.
"You go back and look at all the offenses, not just West Coast, and they are able to keep that offensive line in tact," said McCorvey. "They keep their receivers in tight and are able to be successful. Then if somebody gets hurt, you need some guys behind them that can step up and fill that role. That makes you a lot better and that's what we have to be able to do.
"We have to get our line situation where we have guys behind the starters that are ready. Once the starters leave, they are able to fill in and not miss a beat. That's when you have your program in a great situation and in good shape."
And McCorvey has experienced several great programs. The former Alabama State quarterback is currently entering his 14th season roaming the sidelines in the Southeastern Conference.
McCorvey also has a long-standing relationship with head coach Sylvester Croom, which dates back to their days on the staff at Alabama. McCorvey was in Tuscaloosa for eight seasons, which included a national title in 1992.
McCorvey worked seven seasons as receivers coach, and was offensive coordinator in 1996.
No matter the stop, McCorvey has produced an impressive resume, and a lot of talent. Like his coaching mates in Starkville, McCorvey knows where the priorities lie concerning the year-round process of recruiting.
"We definitely have to get some linemen," said McCorvey. "That's a big priority with us as is getting those big receivers. You kinda want those big guys LSU had, most being about 6-3 or 6-4. You have to have those kind of guys because you don't have many balls being thrown down field.
"We need receivers that when they catch the ball, they can separate themselves and run a good distance. And you need quick, agile linemen because with the short passes, you have to be able to move. Plus, we run a lot of power plays with the pulling guards. So you must have some agility there."
Whether it's in practice or on Saturday, the offense continues to spread its wings a little broader. After implicating just 25-30 percent of the schemes in the spring, McCorvey and the Bulldogs should do more tweaking than introducing when those practices roll around again.
"Each week, you have basic things you want to keep in the offense," said McCorvey. "Some things you can carry over from one week to the next. When you can't do some things because of the defensive alignments you face that particular week, that's when you go back and pull something you used two weeks prior.
"Since they've already done repetitions with it during the spring and fall, at least from a mental standpoint, they have an understanding of it. Then you have to go out there and do it physically."
As the season grows longer, McCorvey believes his offense will grow as well. And as the playbook expands, McCorvey is hoping the scoreboard numbers will as well.
"That's where we are right now. We can draw back from the playbook two or three weeks earlier, then put it in the game plan. It's nothing new to them now. It's a big catalog with the West Coast but you pick it up with time."
Paul Jones is a writer for the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website. Paul, also a sports writer for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.