Asked what he is most excited about in terms of playing football at Virginia Tech, Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) defensive end and Tech commitment Zack McCray said, “The fans. The number one thing right there is the fans. I’ve never found any fans like the fans at Virginia Tech. Especially this past week.”
The 6-5, 235-pound senior was indeed in attendance for Tech’s comeback win over Nebraska. The atmosphere didn’t disappoint.
“The fans were amazing,” McCray said. “When I got to Blacksburg a lot of people knew who I was, which was surreal. At the end of the game, with the long pass to Danny Coale, it was just crazy. Seeing the fans coming on the field was crazy. I was already on the field. The saving grace was that I knew where I wanted to go. The smaller recruits I was with, I lost them in the crowd.”
Alongside the other recruits in attendance, McCray entered Tech’s locker room and was able to hear Coach Frank Beamer’s post-game speech.
“Some of the players got a little lost out there, so when Coach Beamer was talking some players were still coming in,” McCray said. “He said it was a really good win. He congratulated the team on a great comeback and fighting through adversity. Then he turned it over to the captains.”
Last weekend’s experience probably didn’t help the touch of senioritis McCray says he is dealing with, but the talented senior remains focused on helping Brookville to a big 2009 season. And he is pleased with his team’s start to the season.
“Our team is really good right now,” McCray said. “We’re 4-0 and hopefully will be 5-0 after this week. A lot of teams don’t run the ball my way too much. I’d say about 90-percent of the team other teams are running away from me. During pass plays, I try to wreak havoc.”
McCray has seen action at tight end, H-Back and wide receiver on offense, scoring at least three touchdowns on the year. He continues to be a stalwart on defense, tallying at least five sacks so far on the year.
McCray may be the team’s headliner, but there is talent running throughout this year’s Bees squad.
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