Bryan McCann hasn’t gone this long without football in a long time, and it has left him itching.
The Cowboys’ second-year cornerback and product of SMU, McCann was among a handful of current players at the Josh Howard Celebrity Basketball Game this past weekend at the P.C. Cobb Complex in Dallas. He told reporters there that the lockout--now nearing its 105th day in effect, easily the longest work stoppage in league history--had made for a long offseason thus far.
“I’m ready to get back out on the field,” McCann said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Ever since you’ve been in high school, even when you weren’t in season, you still had your off-season, spring ball workouts, and we were deprived of that this year. This is the longest I’ve gone without football since high school, so I’m getting that itch.”
McCann is looking to build on a rookie season in which he recorded 15 tackles, a stuff and an interception, which he returned 101 yards for a touchdown, in nine games--he also returned a punt for a touchdown. Once this year gets started, he’ll have the chance to do just that under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, a golden opportunity in McCann’s eyes.
“I got a chance to sit down and meet with all the new coaches,” he said. “I’m excited to play for Rob. I like his style of defense and he’s obviously one of the best at what he does. I’m excited to be able to play in his system.”
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