Prior to that game, McGaffie had quietly worked his way up to being number two on the depth chart at the H WR position. McGaffie has continued to get better, as a WR, and is still listed second at the H WR spot, behind T.J. Moe. He took a few minutes after a recent spring practice to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his role on the team.
"It's kind of in a different light now, being one of the older players," began McGaffie. "Just knowing the system, and everything that I have to do now. When I was a freshman, from not knowing anything, to coming in now, and getting everything. It's a real good experience now."
McGaffie talked about the impact on him of his having returned that kick-off against Oklahoma.
"In my eyes, it really didn't change anything," explained McGaffie. "Because that was just one touchdown to help the team come out with a victory. Everybody has their view of what I did, but in my eyes, it's just another touchdown to help the team."
I asked McGaffie to assess his place on the depth chart.
"I really don't give that a lot of thought," replied McGaffie. "I just take one day at a time, and try to attack every practice like it's my last. I really don't look at who's number one, who's number two? I'm just trying to attack every practice, and get better every day........................ When I was a freshman, I started of at the H. Then, they moved all of us around, to see where we would fit. Then, I got hurt, and moved to the Z. Then I moved back to the H this last season. I feel that the H is my more comfortable position."
McGaffie reports a personal best of 4.54 in the forty, and a 32" vertical jump. He has become one of the most consistent receivers on the team as far as catching the football. There was a lot of work that went into that.
"Just working on the hands every day in the off-season," explained McGaffie. "Always getting a certain amount of catches in every day. Working with the JUGS (machine), working with the eye-coordination ball, the reaction ball, and everything.......................... I just try to work on it all of the time. I try to work on my hands very day. At least try to get 25 (catches) after practice."
McGaffie talked about what he needs to improve upon as a receiver.
"What I want to get better at is my route-running, being more crisp with my routes, and lining up fast," said McGaffie. "I'm doing pretty good at that now, but I can always do better."
McGaffie also has his eye on the punt return duties.
"I told Coach Odom that I wanted that job, and it's my job," stated McGaffie, of his intent to earn the job of returning punts. "So, I'm going out there to try to do everything that I can to get that job................................ There's an opportunity, and I'm just going to try to do my best."