November 20, 2007

Tuesday practice report: Senior day coming

You can excuse linebackers coach Andy McCollum if he gets a bit emotional Saturday on senior day against Maryland. He will coaching his final regular season game with three seniors who have led the way for the linebackers this season - Ernest Jones, James Martin and LeRue Rumph.

"Coming in here having seniors is always tough," McCollum said. "These guys have probably had two or three different coaches. The one thing I can say with LeRue, James Martin and Ernest is their attitude has been tremendous. They have been a pleasure to coach. They listen, they want to learn. They've brought in to the program and each week have tried to go out and be better. Were they want to be or need to be all time, no, but each game has been important to them. Winning is important to them. Leaving here, I talked to them about how do you want to be remembered and how will you be remembered. There's a big difference.

"I couldn't be more proud of their effort of buying into what Coach O'Brien believes in what this team is about. You wish you could've coached them four years. That's the good thing about it. It just seemed like the other day I walked in and met for them for the first time and now you go through your last week. They're like family. They've been raised well, which started at home, all three of them, you can tell. They are good kids that are going to be successful at whatever they do."

Next year McCollum will need to replace those guys. Four players are coming back, including a pair of sophomores in John Ware on the outside and Ray Michel in the middle.

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