Cuney All About Intensity

2014 Texas center commitment Terrell Cuney discusses the Longhorns' camp and why he relates to offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

When looking at the standouts from Texas's June 2 camp, it's hard not to mention Terrell Cuney. The Texas commitment showcased his trademark quickness for a lineman. And Cuney handled his one-on-one matchups well, stating that the one player who gave him trouble was San Antonio Warren product, and fellow Texas commitment, Trey Lealaimatafao. Cuney also said he enjoyed working with Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

"Coach Searels, he's a really intense kind of coach," Cuney said. "That kind of enthusiasm, I love it. I was looking forward to that, because I knew what kind of coach he was going to be.

"Coach Searels and I, we hit it off really well," Cuney said. "We have a great relationship."

Cuney said that a big part of the reason he and Searels hit it off is because Cuney shares the offensive line coach's intensity.

"I am that way. I stay fired up," Cuney said. "A lot of people don't like playing line. But to me, it's the best position to play because football is about being nasty. You have to be really intense. The o-line and d-line, that's where the most intense players should be, in the trenches. That's where football is played."

Cuney carries that intense nature into his leadership role for Jasper, jumping on teammates who aren't putting in a full effort to get better.

"Yeah, I've been a leader since I was a freshman," Cuney said. "I want to get people to do the right thing, to go to their workouts and help make our team better. I try to keep on my teammates and to not rely on the coaches, because players listen to other players more than they listen to the coaches.

"So with my teammates, I just try to encourage them to be at their workouts and put in the time for us to go win a state championship," Cuney said.

That's where Cuney's early commitment helps as well.

"I have no worries about colleges," Cuney said. "I can just use my time to boost my teammates."

That's not to say that Cuney isn't focused on himself either. He said the goal was to get bigger, stronger and faster, and he's done all three of those things. His weight is up to 272 pounds, and Cuney said his bench press max is at 350 pounds.

"I'm not a weak kind of dude," Cuney said. "I couldn't be weak to do what I do on the field."

After his commitment, Cuney said he shut down his recruiting and was thrilled to be a Longhorn.

"Hook 'em," he said.

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