During December, I got my first good look at OL Brad McNulty 6'3" 290 since fall camp. The freshman spent the 2011 season working on the scout team, and in Coach Ivey's Gun Club. When I saw him on the practice field last month, he was getting some reps at guard with the number two offense, and he was showing well.
Going back to last fall, McNulty was the one freshman offensive lineman who appeared to be the most ready to play, and at times, he alternated at guard between the second and third units. Ultimately, McNulty ended up on the third team, and that meant that he went up against Missouri's starting defensive linemen on a daily basis.
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with McNulty, and he talked about how his first season at Missouri has gone, and he talked about looking forward to the spring and beyond.
(My first season at Missouri) has been pretty good," said McNulty. "I've spent most of the year on the scout team. I view that as an opportunity to show the coaches what I've got……………………………….. I definitely have a lot to work on. One of the big things I need to work on is my hand placement. And, I need to get stronger."
McNulty has lowered his body fat to below 30%. He reports a maximum in the hang clean of 336 pounds. He's squatted 470 pounds. McNulty knows that, like virtually every freshman, he must improve his strength in order to be able to compete at the highest levels. McNulty will likely enter the spring listed as a guard on the number two offense. He talked about some of his goals heading into the spring.
"It's going to be to get stronger, to get faster, and to work on all of the things that I need to make corrections on," said McNulty. "I want to move up the depth chart, work on my technique, and to be the best that I can be."
As a red-shirt freshman in 2012, McNulty will be in the running to break into the two-deep depth chart, and to see the field for Missouri. McNulty should be big enough by next fall, and will just need to continue to add strength, and to continue to improve his footwork, his fundamentals, and his overall technique.
"I've gotten better at coming out of my stance and learning the footwork," said NcNulty, talking about a couple of the things he's improved upon, and a couple of things that he needs to continue to work on to improve. "I definitely need to work on my footwork, and to keep my hips down low."