“It’s a good experience just to get here and just get working with the football team and work with my teammates,” McCann said following the Tigers’ Black & Gold Game. “I think it will really help me out for the fall season. It’s just great being around teammates.”
Was it a tough decision to graduate high school early?
“Not really,” McCann said, “because I knew it would benefit me more than it would hurt me.”
It should also benefit Missouri, which signed McCann to replace four-year starter Andrew Baggett.
The Tigers are going to need McCann’s big leg this fall — similarly to how punter Corey Fatony came in as a freshman last fall and excelled — to step up and make a difference.
McCann, who chose Missouri over Alabama, Florida State, Illinois and others, was getting work at kicker and punter this spring.
“It’s going great,” McCann said. “They have me kicking a lot during practice. Since we have so many kickers and only Corey and me punting, they have me punt quite a bit. I’m just looking to do whatever’s best for the team and whatever the coach tells me to do.”
McCann knows what his role will be during the 2016 season.
That’s why he was recruited and offered a scholarship and also why he is on campus this spring instead of closing out the final few months as a high school senior.
So how did McCann think he kicked this spring?
“I feel I did alright,” he said. “There’s still a lot of work to do. I think I could have done better, but I’m happy with the hard work I’ve put in and just have a lot more to put in.”
McCann’s transition to the college level has been made easier by his new teammate, Fatony, who hasn’t been on campus much longer than he has.
“He’s a great help,” McCann said. “Him going through it last year as a starter has really helped me kind of get down the mental side of it. He’s really helped me a lot with that.”
Now McCann is working toward making an impact as a freshman like Fatony did last season.