"When we get our mark, that's when we'll know our starting point for the rest of the season. Then we can go from there."
McCarty gets to worry about new rules this season, too, especially that new "target" rule that can get a player kicked out of the game in the flash of a smack. Just ask A&M.
"Right now we are a team that likes to run and hit. We want our guys to run fast and hit hard. But it doesn't help to have speed if you don't know where to go with it.'"
The Boll Weevils have a kicker named Jamie McGee, who was 14 of 15 in field-goal accuracy last season.
They have a great safety in Anthony Hughes, who led the team in tackles last season, a tough defensive tackle in 6-2, 265-pound, Calvin Ursin and Jalen Gasmow, 6-0, 260, another down lineman.
"I want our team to play with emotion," McCarty says.
He doesn't want them to get too high, though, and go crazy and drop balls and get flags.
"They just need to cowboy up," he says.
McCarty on taunting:
"I'm old school ," he said. "I have zero interest in taunting, and the last time I checked, I'm the boss."
He says his teams typically don't do that.
What keeps him in the game.
"I love the players of the game, the challenges and the rewards. I like fighting to try to keep our values at the top of their minds."
Make no mistake, he does worry now and then.