Only a freshman, McQuay has already had the chance to cover players like Marqise Lee, which he says has been a great learning experience.
"It's humbling," said McQuay. "But at the same time, it's just getting me better, working on my technique and my weaknesses."
Fall Camp is now in double digits, and McQuay has already had a few highlights of his own. During the Trojans' first scrimmage, McQuay sacked Cody Kessler. The following day, he blocked a field goal attempt during special teams practice. On top of that, he also has racked up a few interceptions to his name. Still McQuay says he is working to tweak a few issues.
"Having my feet quicker and just keeping my eyes on the receivers. Sometimes, I peak at the quarterback."
A Florida native, McQuay says the transition to USC has "been great," and he "[loves] it here."
For those fans who haven't seen McQuay play yet, he describes his style in one word: "solid."
The Trojans' season kicks off on Aug. 29 in Hawaii, and before the first snap, McQuay says he wants to, "get better at tackling and get all the new stuff we have in the playbook down."
Off the field, McQuay is also passionate about making music. As a music industry major, he has already produced his own tracks.
"I first got interest sophomore year," said McQuay. "I've always been interested in music, but that's when I tried to make it. I just kind of got good at it pretty fast."
McQuay says he produces hip-hop music, but that he "doesn't really listen to the kind of music [he makes.]"
However, we may hear some of his original tracks coming from Howard Jones Field soon though.
"They've been asking me to play my music, but I haven't given them any of it yet. I just haven't gotten around to it."