45 in 45: No.5 Emmanuel McCray


Emmanuel McCray

Offensive Tackle

Senior

6’5 320 Lbs.

Jackson, Miss.

 

 

2012 Season: McCray started his first game at Ole Miss last season and wound up starting all 13 at left tackle. The heir apparent to Bradley Sowell, McCray performed well last season and has earned his way into talk of a late-round draft pick next April.

 

Value: Now, you are going to hear the wolves call for Laremy Tunsil regardless of how McCray plays. That’s what happens when your coaches sign the top offensive line prospect in the country. It doesn’t matter though as head coach Hugh Freeze will go with the senior at left tackle while giving Tunsil some looks as the second string.

There are no SEC starts at left tackle left on the roster aside from McCray. Tunsil is talented, possibly transcendent, but hasn’t played a down. Pierce Burton has started for as long as McCray has, only at right tackle. McCray does a great job of keeping Bo Wallace upright and if he stays healthy it is invaluable to the Rebels. He doesn’t make the most noise, he doesn’t call for the brightest spotlight, but he is one of the most important cogs in getting the Rebels trending upward this season.

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