His regular-season stats included eight minus-yardage stops -- fourth-best on the team -- with five of these coming in the final six games. He also registered three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and six quarterback hurries.
Scheduled to make his fourth start at tackle Jan. 1 against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, McBride seems to have found a home.
''It's going pretty well,'' he says of the move inside. ''I gained a few pounds but I kept my speed up, so it's going pretty good.''
The biggest difference for a tackle is that he is more likely to be double-teamed on the inside than on the outside. For that reason, most players view tackle as a much tougher position to play than end.
''I won't say it's tougher,'' McBride says, smiling softly. ''It's just another way of going through things. At tackle, you have to be a little more physical but I'm up for the challenge.''
He certainly has been, so far.