McCray’s first sea­son with Jags in the books

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­news.com

For­mer New­ton High foot­ball stand­out Demetrius McCray’s rookie sea­son as a pro­fes­sional foot­ball player ended Dec. 29.

McCray fin­ished his rookie cam­paign af­ter ap­pear­ing in 12 of the Jack­sonville Jaguars’ 16 games. This in­cluded a start in the Jaguars' Week 14 matchup against the Hous­ton Tex­ans.

McCray recorded 12 to­tal tack­les this past sea­son. Nine of his tack­les were solo take­downs, while he as­sisted on three oth­ers.

McCray’s stand­out mo­ment of the sea­son came in the team’s Week 3 matchup on the road against Seat­tle.

He recorded three of his 12 tack­les in the game, and two were solo tack­les. One of the tack­les came on the Sea­hawks’ for­mer Pro Bowl wide re­ceiver Sid­ney Rice.

De­spite McCray’s ef­forts dur­ing the game, the Jaguars were routed 4517.

With the Jaguars’ sea­son now over, McCray can look to the fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous sources, McCray is look­ing for­ward to work­ing hard in the off­sea­son and get­ting back to train­ing camp. He is hop­ing to not only see more play­ing time next sea­son, but also to be­come one of the team’s two start­ing cor­ner­backs.

McCray has al­ready some­what de­feated the odds that were against him go­ing into his rookie sea­son. He wasn’t drafted un­til the sev­enth round of last year’s NFL draft.

Many late-round draft picks never make it to a team's main ros­ter. They are ei­ther waived or put on a prac­tice squad. How­ever, McCray was able to re­main with Jaguars, mak­ing the team’s 53-man ros­ter.

The Jaguars have a young team that will more than likely only get younger go­ing for­ward, but McCray al­ready looks to be one of the team’s play­ers to watch out for in the 2014 sea­son.

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