The redshirt freshman from Greensboro, NC, has been one of the most impactful defensive backs in the country through the first four weeks of North Carolina AT’s season. McCain has five interceptions with 274 return yards and three touchdowns.
He’s fifth on the team in all purpose yards, tied for fourth on the team in scoring and he hasn’t caught a single kick, punt or pass that was actually intended for him.
Oh, and he also leads the Aggies in solo tackles.
Never has McCain been more electric than he was a week ago in a win against Morgan State. The STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Week picked off three passes — two of which he returned for touchdowns.
McCain took his first interception back 100 yards to the house.
His second interception occurred, once again, at his own goalline. That’s a 21-point swing on two plays if you’re keeping score.
His third and final pick of the evening was returned for his second score of the game — this one from 74 yards out.
At minimum, McCain, alone, swung the game 28 points on three plays. The Aggies would win by 32.
A week earlier, his pick six at Charlotte won the game for NC AT and won McCain MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honors — an award he has now won in consecutive weeks.
For those interested in finding the next Tarik Cohen — an FCS superstar ready to exceed expectations in the NFL — Cohen’s alma mater has retained several candidates. McCain is one of them — maybe the best of them — and he’s just four games into his first season on the field.
Of course, should McCain eventually continue his recent run of success all the way to an NFL roster, the 5-foot-11, 178-pounder who runs a 4.49 40-yard dash still wouldn’t be the most accomplished in his own family.
That’s because McCain’s late grandfather for whom he is named is Franklin McCain — one of four North Carolina AT students to play a role during the famous 1960 Woolworth lunch counter sit-in protest that is often credited for starting the modern day Civil Rights Movement.
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