With 26 career starts under his belt, this is the last go for senior cornerback Bryan McCann (6'0 and 173 pounds). The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma native has seen a lot during his time at SMU, but is ready to wear the title that many SMU previews are giving him, the shut down corner.
"Nobody wants to work hard just to be thrown at all the time," stated McCann to PonyStampede.com. "It makes me feel good when people take notice of the work that I have put in, but at the same time I have more work to put in. I'm never going to be satisfied with what I have done to this point."
McCann started 11 games last year in June Jones' secondary. He notched a total of three interceptions and 35 tackles, but the SMU pass defense struggled. The Mustangs gave up 33 scores through the air and allowed over 250 yards a game. Numbers that motivated McCann to work a little harder in the off-season.
"He did a great job at being here this summer and he got his body in better shape. He is stronger and has become a real leader in our secondary," said SMU secondary coach Derrick Odum. "He is working hard everyday and I expect him to have a great year this year."
When asked to describe the cornerback, Coach Odum was very quick to answer.
"He is just a guy that is real solid and tough. If we ask him to play a lot of man, he is going to step up. He's watched a lot of film this season and improved his technique. I'm seeing good signs so far."
Rated as the 31st cornerback in the 2010 NFL draft by Scout.com, if SMU shows signs of major improvement in the secondary, McCann could see his pro stock rise. As a junior, he notched over 55 tackles with four interceptions.
Rated a three-star player out of Putnam high school, McCann chose SMU over Stanford, Northwestern, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, UAB and Rice. His senior season was cut short after the speedster broke his leg in the fourth game of the year. Up to that point he had recorded six touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the first three.