September 6, 2007

McCourty adjusting to new role

Freshman year was a challenging one for Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty. After starring at state powerhouse St. Joseph of Montvale, McCourty ceded the spotlight to others while he learned the ropes and earned his redshirt. It was particularly difficult since his twin brother Jason was a rung above him on the Rutgers depth chart. While Jason traveled with the team, Devin stayed home.

Sophomore year saw McCourty see the field with Last season, Devin had to watch from the sideline as his brother started almost every game. He was able to join Jason on the field in certain situations, but the season clearly left him wanting more. Now, two years after joining the squad, Devin McCourty is stepping onto the field as a starting cornerback.

"It felt like we were back in Pop Warner," Devin exclaimed, referring to the first game of the season. "And in high school we had Ron [Girault] out there with us too; it just felt like this is how it was supposed to be. It feels great to be out there on every play. Last year, I just used to come in on third down and try to be energetic. But playing every snap, I was excited. It felt good to be a starter."

Even though McCourty pretty much nailed down the starting job in the spring, he admitted that he still felt some butterflies during his first game as a starter.



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