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McGhee Shocked With Playing Time

As a true freshman, Teddrick McGhee came in last fall and got early playing time. Following UTSA’s first spring practice on Monday, the Tennessee-native said he was ‘shocked’ to contribute so quickly.

By Jerry Briggs
For InsideRunnerSports.com

UTSA coach Frank Wilson told incoming freshmen last August that his depth chart was “etched in sand,” ready-made for any of his eager young players to step to the forefront.

Cornerback Teddrick McGhee took full advantage of the situation.

The rangy, 6-footer from Memphis emerged as the only true freshman on the team to crack the starting lineup during the Roadrunners’ historic sixth season, when they reached a bowl game for the first time.

McGhee played in all 13 games and registered eight starts.

As UTSA opened spring practice Monday, he admitted to feeling some nerves when he showed up for UTSA preseason drills seven months ago.

He said he felt like he had a rough first month.

But by mid-September, McGhee’s talent took over, and he ran onto the field against ArizonaState as the starter.

For the year, the former standout from EastHigh School in Memphis finished with 25 tackles, including 10 solo.  He also intercepted a pass.

“I think I did OK,” said McGhee, who went on to serve as a team captain in the Rice game.  “Could have been better.”

All told, five freshmen started at least one game for Roadrunners a year ago, but four of the five were redshirt freshmen from the 2015 signing class.

McGhee, one of Wilson’s prized catches in the Class of 2016, said he never expected to play as much as he did.

“It kind of shocked me,” he recalled.  “It caught me off guard … I think I did OK.  Could have been better.  As a freshman, I think I did pretty good.”

By the end of the season, McGhee was coming off the bench behind Devron Davis.  He watched in the bowl game as UTSA played well late but fell short, 23-20, on the home field of the New Mexico Lobos.

“It was a good learning experience,” he said.  “It humbled you a lot, to learn what it takes to get to the high level.  A lot of fun, being around the guys, (doing) a lot of hard work.”

McGhee said he felt bad about the loss, but he doesn’t spend too much time thinking about what could have been.

He said he just wants to “move forward” and have a good spring.

Compared to last August, McGhee said the first day of the 2017 season was much easier to navigate.

“You just know what to expect,” he said.  “You’re more calm, relaxed.  (You know) how to attack the practice.”

UTSA notes: All-Conference USA linebacker Josiah Tauaefa headlined a group of four redshirt freshmen that started at least one game for the Roadrunners last fall.

He played in 13 games and started 12. The other starters from the Class of 2015 were defensive tackles Baylen Baker (13/6) and King Newton (12/1) and receiver Matt Guidry (10/1).

Special teams ace Andrew Martel, another redshirt freshman, didn’t get credit for a start but played in every game.

From the Class of 2016, McGhee led a group that had a major impact on the team.  The others included defensive ends Eric Banks (who played in 13 games), Jarrod Carter-McLin (12) and Solomon Wise (11).

McGhee and Banks were high school teammates in Memphis.

Teddrick McGhee Post-Practice Interview

  


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