Tracy Howard is Pushing Brandon McGee
Brandon McGee, Miami's senior CB, started all 12 games last season. He registered 38 tackles and only one interception, the first of his career. The expectations were high for Brandon as fall camp started, not a week ago. After four practices, McGee lost his black jersey, signifying not only him being a starter, but a hard worker, to all-everything freshman Tracy Howard. Howard came in with more accolades than Usain Bolt (OK not really but you get my drift). Personally, I never expect a freshman to have to start, or make an impact for that matter, at Miami. Mentally I still live in a world where Andre Johnson has to redshirt and Sean Taylor, Antrel Rolle and Kellen Winslow only see the field on special teams. More than a third of this year's roster is made up of first-year players so I understand freshmen are going to have to contribute early and often. As good as Tracy Howard may be though, Brandon McGee should not be losing his black shirt five days into camp. That's not supposed to happen on good football teams. Then again, I'm not very hopeful that this team will be good this year. Guys like McGee frustrate me. Brandon has certainly had to wait his turn behind some talented guys through out his career, but after starting 12 games, almost by default, you'd think things would be clicking. Evidently the clicking isn't happening. I think Brandon has got to be consistent and be the same guy every day, coach Al Golden told the media before the first of two practices Wednesday. I think Tracy snatched up an opportunity and there's going to be a battle there. As much hype as Tracy Howard got, and as much as we get jacked up over signing big-time recruits, starter and Tracy Howard shouldn't be in the same sentence this early. Brandon McGee should want to go out there every day with the attitude that he's going to put the hot new kid in his place and show him what being a COLLEGE football player is all about. This coaching staff believes greatly in having a good practice every day. It sounds like, to me, that Brandon McGee has been taking his starting role for granted. Bad move amigo. [Brandon] just has to start practicing the way he's capable of practicing on a daily basis, DBs coach Paul Williams said Wednesday morning. It doesn't matter what year they are, when you finally have some numbers, everyone has to come out and perform every day. In other words, Brandon, get it together bud. As for Tracy,He's a really competitive kid, savvy for a freshman, Williams said. That's great to hear, and I expected nothing less, but the last thing I want to see is Tracy Howard starting against Boston College. After all, right now, we're talkin 'bout practice. I asked coach Williams if he'd be comfortable starting a freshman against BC. No, you never feel comfortable, Williams quickly responded. If he's there at the end then he's going to play. You always want experience. You want talent, but you always want experience. You're always afraid of [ a freshman starting]." Be afraid, be very afraid.