Gary McGraw - Defensive Back Technique at the L.O.S and Downfield +Drillsby Lauren's First and Goal
Coach Gary McGraw talks to us about the correct technique at the L.O.S and the drills to perfect those techniques.
Gary McGraw joined the Bearkats as cornerbacks coach prior to the 2016 season, bringing a wealth of experience to the Sam Houston football coaching staff for his fifth year. He coaches the Bearkat cornerbacks, as well as serving as the team's special teams coordinator, defensive recruiting coordinator and defensive pass game coordinator. Under his guidance the Kats' corners have flourished, including Zyon McCollum and Jaylen Thomas each earning multiple all-conference honors entering their senior year in 2019. McCollum earned first team all-Southland Conference in 2018 and second team in 2019, in addition to being named a Freshman All-American in 2017 and a Sophomore All-American in 2018. Meanwhile Thomas got an honorable mention all-SLC nod in 2017 and was named to the all-SLC third team in 2019. Additionally, McGraw guided Darion Flowers to first team all-SLC honors in 2016. With the help of McGraw's cornerback unit, the Bearkat defense went to a whole new level in 2019. That season the Kats led the FCS in both rush defense (69.9 yards per game), opponent's third-down conversion rate (27.9 percent) and team tackles for loss (10.9 TFL per game). The unit also pitched a pair of shutouts in 2019, the first time since 2012 that the Kats have had two shutouts in a season. Additionally, the Kats ranked in the top 10 in the FCS in scoring defense, turnovers gained, sacks, team passing efficiency defense and red zone defense. McGraw's influence has also been felt on special teams as that group finished 12th in the nation, statistically, in 2019. The Kats finished third in the nation in net punting and 14th in kickoff coverage in 2019, while punter Matt McRobert was named to the all-SLC first team and to multiple all-America teams. Prior to coming to Sam Houston, McGraw served as defensive backs coach at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas since 2011. During his tenure there the Mustangs earned NCAA Division II playoff berths three times, won two Lone Star Conference championships, one Lone Star playoff title and rolled up a 42-12 record. The 2015 Midwestern squad went 10-2 with three of McGraw's defensive backs, cornerbacks Dominique Rouse, Dominique Williams and safety Marqui Christian each earning all-America honors. Christian also garnered the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Back of the Year in the Lone Star Conference, in addition to becoming McGraw's first NFL Draft pick after being selected in the 5th round by the Arizona Cardinals. Christian finished his career as the recipient of the Cliff Harris Award (Small College Defensive Player of the year in the Country)The Mustangs led the Lone Star Conference in total defense in 2015 and 2013 and finished second in the league in 2014. They also led the conference in scoring defense in 2015, 2014 and 2013 and were second in 2011. McGraw coached 17 All-Lone Star Conference players and eight All-Super Region selections at Midwestern.