Catawba Football’s McCray Fired Up and Ready to Go for One Last Run

Mark Covert, Sports Writer

Catawba fans may not recognize All-American LJ McCray at first this coming fall.  He will be changing numbers from his iconic #4 jersey to #21.  McCray is not the only Indian looking for change after the football team’s 4-7 finish last fall.  New head coach Curtis Walker has come in with a new mentality and is looking for McCray to step into a more prominent leadership role.

“As a leader, you need to lead by example,” said McCray.  “Everything you require out of everyone else, you have to be able to show that ability and that work ethic and put forth that work ethic to show others that you’re trying to lead, that you’re fit to be a leader.”

When asked about his favorite memories here, LJ spoke about his academic achievements.  “Definitely in school, in the classroom, getting close to an almost 4.0 GPA.  That was big for me. School was never a big thing until I got here,” he chuckles.  “Football wise, being an All-American was great.”

As for the future, LJ sees himself succeeding wherever he ends up.  “I definitely going to try for the league.  I think I have the right mind set and ability to make it there and play at the next level.  If that doesn’t work out, I also see myself becoming a great businessman down the road.”

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