All-American returns as the starter at right cornerback ... in his first season as a full-time starter last year, led the Southern Conference with five interceptions and tied for 12th nationally with 14 total passes defended ... numbers likely would have been even higher had opposing offenses not steered away from his side of the field as the season went on ... in addition to ability to defend the pass, is also one of the team's best tacklers and run-stoppers, ranking fifth on the squad with 48 tackles from his cornerback position a year ago ... possesses an ideal combination of size and speed at the cornerback position with the ability to run stride-for-stride with the fastest wideouts and matchup physically with the biggest pass-catchers.
McCray tied for the Southern Conference lead with four interceptions in 2012, becoming the first Mountaineer cornerback to ever lead the league in interceptions twice (he also paced the SoCon with five INTs in 2011). He finished his career with 10 interceptions, good for a tie for 10th among active NCAA Division I FCS players in 2012. Additionally, the senior led Appalachian State with eight passes defended, ranked sixth on the team with 55 tackles from his cornerback position and forced a fumble. He was a consensus first-team all-conference selection, earned second-team All-America recognition from the Associated Press and was one of 20 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the nation's top FCS defensive player.
Earned fourth-team all-America recognition from Phil Steele Publications ... named first-team all-Southern Conference by the league's coaches and media ... led Southern Conference and tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions ... ranked second in SoCon and tied for 12th nationally with 14 total passes defended (five INT, nine pass break-ups) ... all five of his interceptions and seven of the nine pass break-ups came in conference play ... also ranked fifth on the team with 48 tackles from his cornerback position ... was particularly impressive in the month of October, when he had four interceptions in four games en route to being named SoCon Defensive Player of the Month ... began the season with six tackles at Virginia Tech ... after being relatively quiet with four total tackles in wins over North Carolina A&T and Savannah State, helped key a defense-dominated 14-12 win over No. 13 Chattanooga with four tackles, a sack, forced fumble, quarterback hurry and three pass break-ups ... began masterful October with an interception at No. 8 Wofford ... intercepted another pass the following week at The Citadel ... did not pick off a pass for the only time all month but broke up two in homecoming win over Samford ... saved his best performance for the last and most important game of the month, intercepting two of Georgia Southern's 11 pass attempts in a 24-17 win over the top-ranked Eagles ... the four October interceptions all came against pass-happy triple-option attacks - in all, he intercepted nearly 15 percent of the total passes attempted by Wofford, The Citadel and Georgia Southern (4-of-27) ... had a 12-yard sack in regular-season home finale versus Western Carolina ... turned in perhaps his best all-around performance of the season with a season-best 11 tackles, an acrobatic interception and two pass break-ups in 28-21 come-from-behind win at Elon in regular-season finale ... had five stops in season-ending loss to Maine.
Appeared in 11 games, missing late-season contests versus Georgia Southern and Wofford due to a thigh injury ... after returning from injury, was thrust into his first-career start in the regular-season finale at Florida, filling in at right cornerback so Troy Sanders could move to strong safety in place of injured All-American Mark LeGree ... made the most of his first start against the Gators, racking up four tackles ... stayed in the starting lineup at left corner for ASU's two postseason games as the Mountaineers shuffled personnel ... started at LCB in place of two-time all-conference honoree Ed Gainey, who was suspended against Western Illinois and started at free safety in place of Dominique McDuffie against Villanova ... turned in a breakout performance in the postseason opener against WIU with his first interception (which he returned 14 yards) and two pass break-ups in ASU's 42-14 triumph ... made four stops (three solo) and broke up a pass in season-ending loss to Villanova ... totaled 10 tackles, three pass break-ups and an interception in first three starts of his career ... won on the field primarily in a special-teams role prior to the final three games of the season ... finished the campaign with 19 tackles.
Saw action in 13-of-14 games, primarily on special teams ... recorded only tackle of the season in postseason opener versus South Carolina State.
Named county's Athlete of the Year after a standout senior season at quarterback and defensive back ... a first-team all-conference honoree and 2-AAAA all-region selection as a defensive back ... amassed over 1,600 yards of total offense after taking over at QB following the season opener ... tallied seven interceptions, seven pass break-ups, 40 tackles and a forced fumble on defense ... also played wide receiver during prep career, including during sophomore season when he helped lead Berkeley H.S. in Moncks Corner, S.C. to the South Carolina state semifinals ... coached by Nick Collins.
Full name is Demetrius Charles McCray ... born May 11, 1991 (21 years old) ... son of Verchelle Brown ... majoring in criminal justice.
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