August 5, 2009

McCain opens camp in new role

Andrew McCain opens camp Wednesday from an unknown standpoint.

Over the past three years, when August practice began it meant trying to chase down a teammate in attempt to earn a starting position. This year McCain has earned his way to the top of the depth chart through spring practice and summer workouts.

"It's a different approach. I'd say there's still a certain amount of pressure that I put on myself," McCain said. "In years past maybe I was trying to beat somebody out or something like that, but this year I've got just as many people trying to beat me out. It's a different place to be in and it's exciting and it's a good change."

Though the Tigers lost two starting offensive linemen from last year's team, four of this year's starters started at least five games in 2008.

McCain, a senior, has never started a game.

Despite having seemingly secured a spot as the starting right tackle, though, McCain said he is feeling some nerves.

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