Player Profile: Daniel McCarty

Hatts profiles SMU offensive lineman Daniel McCarty in the latest Pony Stampede 2015 player profile.

Position: Guard
Size: 6-3, 272
Year: Junior
High School: Alamo Heights
Hometown: San Antonio, Tex.


Coming out of high school, McCarty was rated as a two-star offensive lineman and one of the top-100 offensive line prospects in the country by During his senior year, McCarty had 47 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack en route to being named second-team All-State and first-team All-District 27-4A in his last season at Alamo Heights. McCarty picked SMU over offers from Rice, Texas State and Harvard.

2014 recap

Daniel McCarty came into SMU with a lot of hope thanks to his senior season, but in his nine games he played his sophomore year, it was a rough year for the highly regarded guard. There were not a lot of players on the SMU offensive line, aside from Chauncey Briggs, who experienced much success but things were an especially big struggle for Daniel McCarty. McCarty struggled mightily with sacks early in the season and was doomed by false start and holding penalties later in the year as a result of worrying about sacks. Now, by no means, was McCarty the only to struggle on the offensive line, but after last season, and his spring this year, the pressure is on McCarty heading into 2015 to perform or somebody is simply going to take his spot.
Grade: C-

Outlook in 2015

With a couple new additions to the offensive line, the heat is squarely on guys like McCarty who underperformed last season. As evidence by his senior year, the talent is certainly there for the 6-3, 272-pound lineman who could benefit from a new offensive line coach, as well as, the new strength and conditioning program. One of McCarty’s biggest things to fix however is his discipline. It is one thing to give up sacks, but the false starts and holding penalties cannot be as big a problem this year for McCarty otherwise SMU is going to find somebody who won’t make those mistakes. Looking ahead, McCarty will also have to show improved mobility in the run game, as it yet to be determined how the new offense is going to fit him. This will no doubt be one of the most hotly contested positions when fall camp opens in a couple weeks, and the spotlight will be right on McCarty and this offensive line who repeatedly killed SMU last year. If McCarty and this offensive line can turn it around, it will go a long way towards SMU’s offensive turning it around as a whole.

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