- Ada, Oklahoma


September 6, 2013

Despite loaded roster McCarty still worries


Ada —

 McCarty even has to worry about music.

"We play music at every practice," he says. What kind of music.

"Every kind of music."  

But why, coach?

"Because, after a while, they don't hear it."

Oh. You play music so the team won't hear it? 

"We want the big crowds. Make no mistake about that. But I want them to play as if there's nobody in the stands."



Noise has to be mastered so concentration can take place.



Getting back to Monticello, McCarty says ECU fans should remember Jamal Nixon, who had 800 receiving yards for the Boll Weevils last season.

That's right, and he caught two balls for 16 yards against the Tigers. Important point — that was last year.

Speaking of last year's memories, Monticello fans will remember redshirt sophomore quarterback, Spencer Bond.

This team was his first victim after he took over the top quarterback spot.

"I love him," says McCarty, when describing his quarterback.

 "He executes." 

Thought so.

"He's a coaches kid," McCarty says. That means he's been going over execution at the dinner table most of his life.

 "Spencer is better than last year," McCarty says. He's a better leader. He has more confidence in himself, and more confidence in his teammates."

Bond is also the CEO on the field for the Tigers. "He's a much improved manager on the field."

What does McCarty expect in the opener?

 "I don't know, but it's time for us to put up a marker.”

 A marker?

 "Something will show up," he said. "It may be something good, or not good. But this is a first game and something is going to show up."

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