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Old 04-26-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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Here he is... I didn't know who he was, but he does fit the mold of an "instinctive" football player who is used to delivering in big games. We all knew we needed a really good FS to compete on third downs. Maybe this guy is it?

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It's easy to understand how a defensive player can fly under the radar when he plays for a team with one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.

That didn't stop Darcel McBath from being one of the best playmakers in the Big 12. Having to practice against a top offense -- namely sophomore WR Michael Crabtree -- is sure to help any defensive back hone their coverage skills. McBath, a former cornerback, was the Red Raiders' secondary anchor at the demanding free safety position since shifting there as a sophomore, going on to start his final 39 games.

The opposition, often playing from behind and passing on most every day, challenged the middle of Tech's defense last season. McBath more than stood up to the challenge, pulling in seven interceptions that included a school season-record tying two returns for touchdowns. Six of his seven pass deflections came on third-down plays.

At Gainesville High School, McBath was rated the 36th-best cornerback in the country by Rivals100.com. He was named District 9-3A Most Valuable Player by the Dallas Morning News, as he helped lead GHS to a 16-0 mark and Class 3A Division I title as a senior. That year, he picked off six passes, returning one for a score as a defensive back and logged 75 tackles (50 solo). He also caught 14 touchdown passes as a wide receiver and had two punt returns for touchdowns. As a junior, he totaled 50 tackles and rushed for 800 yards as a running back.

McBath enrolled at Texas Tech in 2004, turning down scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Notre Dame, but spent that season on the scout team. His college career would be delayed further, as he suffered a broken arm in 2006 fall camp and did not get on the field until the final six games. Seeing action mostly on special teams, his only tackle came vs. Oklahoma State while being listed second on the depth chart at left cornerback.

During his rehabilitation, McBath bulked up to the point that the coaches felt his speed and hitting ability would be best at free safety in 2006. The move was a total success, as he earned All-Big Twelve Conference second-team honors, ranking third on the team and 11th among the league's defensive backs with 75 tackles (35 solo). He also picked off three passes and deflected five other throws.

The 2007 campaign saw McBath firmly entrenched at free safety, as he received All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention, as he led the team with eight pass deflections. He ranked third on the squad with 73 tackles (48 solo), causing one fumble while returning a fumble recovery 16 yards for his first career touchdown in the Iowa State. He also had a pair of interceptions for a defense that ranked 32nd in the nation during his sophomore year and 12th in 2007.

McBath received All-American and All-Big Twelve Conference first-team accolades in 2008. He registered 75 tackles (55 solo), good for second on the team. He caused a fumble and broke up seven passes. He also led the conference and tied for third in the NCAA with seven interceptions, tying a school season-record with two returns for touchdowns.

Analysis
Positives: Centerfielder with the build of a strong safety and good upper-body development. Comes downhill in a hurry, diagnosing the run and attacking receivers over the middle. Solid last line of defense and secure tackler in space. Reads the quarterback's eyes and has the speed to jump routes. Good hands for the interception. Finds his way through trash to the ballcarrier when near the line. Became a more vocal leader as a senior, and has always tried to lead by example. Directs the defense from the deep secondary. Contributes on special teams and should do so in the NFL due to his size and speed.


Negatives: Only adequate height for a free safety and might have to move down into the box. Better when the play is in front of him and lacks the lateral quickness and recovery speed to stay with quick tight ends or receivers in space. Must improve his hand usage to get off the blocks of bigger wide receivers. Slow in run-pass recognition. Not a dominant hitter.

Career Notes
McBath started his final 39 games of his 45-game career at free safety, recording 224 tackles (138 solos) with two assisted stops behind the line of scrimmage and one quarterback pressure Caused two fumbles and recovered another that he advanced 16 yards for a touchdown Deflected 20 passes Ranks tied with Boyd Cowan (1985-88) and Vincent Meeks (2002-05) for fifth on the school career-record list with twelve interceptions, surpassed by Tracy Saul (25, 1989-91), Elmer Tarbox (17, 1936-38), John Thompson (14, 1951-53) and Tate Randle (14, 1978-81) His seven interceptions in 2008 tied Teddy Roberts (1964) for fifth on Tech's season-record list behind Elmer Tarbox (11 in 1938), John Thompson (eight in 1951) and Tracy Saul (eight in both 1989 and 1991) His two interception returns for touchdowns in 2008 tied the school season-record that was first set by Marcus Coleman in 1994 three interceptions vs. Kansas in 2008 tied the school game-record set earlier in the year by Daniel Charbonnet vs. Southern Methodist.

2008 Season
McBath earned All-American first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association and third-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report Consensus All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice Started all 13 games at free safety, extending his consecutive start string to 39 contests Led the conference and tied for third in the nation with seven interceptions for 97 yards in returns (13.9-yard average) that included a pair of touchdowns His seven pass thefts are tied for fifth on the school season-record list and his two returns for touchdowns equaled the Tech annual record first set by safety Marcus Coleman in 1994 Deflected seven passes and caused a fumble Fourteen of his 75 tackles (55 solo) came on third-down plays, as his tackle total was second-best on the team.

2008 Game Analysis
Opened the season with five tackles vs. Eastern Washington, followed by another five hits (4 solos) vs. Nevada Had the first of seven 2008 interceptions and delivered another five hits (3 solos) while breaking up one pass vs. Southern Methodist Added four solo tackles and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown vs. Massachusetts Collected four tackles (3 solos) with two pass deflections in the Kansas State game Totaled eight hits (6 solos) vs. Nebraska, followed by six solo stops and two pass break-ups in a 43-25 defeat of Texas A&M Had a school record-tying three interceptions, as he also delivered seven tackles in a 63-21 rout of Kansas Posted four tackles vs. Texas and was in on five hits, as he caused a fumble, broke up two passes and intercepted another vs. Oklahoma State Registered a season-high 10 tackles (eight solo) vs. Oklahoma and ended the regular season with seven solo stops in a 35-28 decision over Cotton Bowl.

2007 Season
McBath earned All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention Started all 13 games at free safety, helping the Red Raiders lead the conference and rank 12th in the nation in pass defense (188.38 yards per game) Ranked third on the team with 73 tackles (48 solos), assisting on one stop behind the line of scrimmage Caused a fumble and recovered another that he advanced 16 yards for a touchdown Led the team with eight pass deflections and also had a pair of interceptions, returning one 10 yards.

2007 Game Analysis
Had a tackle vs. Virginia and made four stops in the win over Oklahoma Tied for the team lead with ten tackles (8 solos) at Texas and picked up five tackles (four solo) and his team-leading seventh pass break-up at Baylor Made seven tackles (four solo) ,including half a tackle for loss vs. Colorado Tied for the team lead with ten tackles (6 solos) at Missouri and registered ten tackles (six solos) and deflected a pass vs. Texas A&M Recorded two tackles, a pass breakup, and recovered his first fumble of the season, returning it 16 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter vs. Iowa State. The return marked the first score of his career and put Tech ahead 27-0 Made two tackles (both solo) and had his first interception of the season in the third quarter vs. Northwestern State Tallied four tackles (all solo) at Rice and tied linebacker Paul Williams for a team-best nine tackles (six solo) vs. Texas-El Paso Registered five tackles (three solo) and tied for the team-high with two pass breakups at Southern Methodist.

2006 Season
Earned All-Big Twelve Conference second-team honors in his first year as a starter, taking over free safety duties Ranked third on the team and 11th amongst the league's defensive backs with a career-high 75 tackles (35 solo), as he assisted on a stop behind the line of scrimmage and added one quarterback pressure Deflected five passes and led the team with three interceptions that he returned for a total of 66 yards.

2006 Game Analysis
Made his first career start vs. Southern Methodist after converting from cornerback, as he tripled his tackle total from a season ago, making three stops Starred in only his second career game at free safety, finishing second on the team in tackles with eight and pacing the Red Raider defense with five solo stops at Texas El-Paso, as McBath recorded the first and second interceptions of his career, the first Tech defender to come up with two picks in a game since Ryan Aycock accomplished the feat vs. New Mexico on Sept. 6, 2003. He also posted his first pass break-up on the season and added half a tackle for loss Posted another solid performance vs. Texas Christian, picking up six tackles (3 solos) while also being credited with a quarterback pressure Tied for the team lead with five tackles and also broke up his second pass of the season vs. Southeastern Louisiana Finished third on the defense with eight tackles (2 solos) in the win at Texas A&M In the Missouri game, McBath tied with fellow safety Joe Garcia for the team lead with eight tackles (2 solos) and tallied a pass break-up Added eight tackles (6 solos) vs. Colorado and led Tech with seven tackles and a pass deflection vs. Iowa State Had six hits (4 solos) and knocked down a pass in the Texas clash Closed out the regular season with five tackles and had his team-leading third interception late in the fourth quarter vs. Oklahoma State Posted five tackles vs. Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

2005 Season
Saw action in six games Spent the first half of the season recovering from a preseason arm fracture Served as the top reserve at left cornerback upon his return Logged his only tackle vs. Oklahoma State.

2004 Season
Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report
2005: Suffered a broken bone in his arm during fall camp, sitting out the first four games of the season vs. Florida International (9/10), Sam Houston State (9/17), Indiana State (9/24) and Kansas (10/01) Also missed the Texas and Baylor games (coach's decision).

Agility Tests
Campus: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash 1.53 10-yard dash 2.62 20-yard dash 10'0" broad jump Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.

Combine: 4.58 in the 40-yard dash 1.55 10-yard dash 2.64 20-yard dash 4.16 20-yard shuttle 6.83 three-cone drill 38-inch vertical jump 9'11" broad jump Bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times 29 7/8-inch arm length 9 1/4-inch hands.

High School
Attended Gainesville (Tex.) High School Rated the 36th-best cornerback in the country by Rivals100.com Named District 9-3A Most Valuable Player by the Dallas Morning News, as he helped lead GHS to a 16-0 mark and Class 3A Division I title as a senior That year, he picked off six passes, returning one for a score as a defensive back and logged 75 tackles (50 solos) Also caught 14 touchdown passes as a wide receiver and had two punt returns for touchdowns As a junior, he totaled 50 tackles and rushed for 800 yards as a running back.

Personal
General Studies major Son of Twana McBath Born Steven Darcel McBath on 10/28/85 in Gainesville, Texas.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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Wow, it'll be nice to have someone back there other than someone whose advertised strength is tackling and suck at it.

But McBath can't be any good because half of the board never heard of him.
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After reading this scouting report McBath sounds like a decent pick for round 2. Still would have liked the defensive line addressed more but if the "best player available" was a db smart drafting says you take the db.
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McBath sounds decent... anybody else find it funny that our 2nd round safety that is a tad under 200 lbs is as strong as our "stud" DE/OLB Robert Ayers?
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McBath sounds decent... anybody else find it funny that our 2nd round safety that is a tad under 200 lbs is as strong as our "stud" DE/OLB Robert Ayers?
Royal is stronger than anybody in our draft - excpet maybe for Moreno.
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After reading this scouting report McBath sounds like a decent pick for round 2. Still would have liked the defensive line addressed more but if the "best player available" was a db smart drafting says you take the db.
look at the lineman left, a lot of them fell a lot farther. tells you NFL teams know a lot more about this **** than us, and freaking out about stupid stuff like the team didnt pick the players you want is stupid.
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McBath sounds decent... anybody else find it funny that our 2nd round safety that is a tad under 200 lbs is as strong as our "stud" DE/OLB Robert Ayers?
Doesn't that say something about McBath then? I don't recall anything being said about Ayer's strength. The guy has been pegged as a 1st rounder all along, and called even more than that by Mayock.

I love your passion, but you put wayyyyyy too much stock in 40 times and other combine measurables. Al Davis drafts based on 40 times. We don't. You once called Quentin Moses a 12-15 sack guy based off his measurables. Where is he playing these days?
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McBath sounds decent... anybody else find it funny that our 2nd round safety that is a tad under 200 lbs is as strong as our "stud" DE/OLB Robert Ayers?
You ever do much serious weight training? (not trying to sound like a dick, but it changes your perspective on these numbers)

Back when I was real heavy into it I could out lift probably half the players in the NFL. Does that mean I'm stronger than them? Not by a long shot.

I've got a real broad chest and average length arms for someone who is 5'9", so the distance I'm moving 225 pounds is a lot shorter than what a guy like Ayers has to move it.

Bench as a representation of strength becomes a real misnomer for a lot of NFL positions where they crave arm length, which directly takes away from how well you can bench but in no way diminishes your real functional strength.
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Overall strength is more than just how strong your arms are.
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