As a sophomore last season, Jacksonville High School quarterback Carter McCown posted numbers that many quarterbacks would be envious of.
McCown completed 99 of 189 passes for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first season as a varsity starter for the Fight'n Indians.
His performance earned him a spot on the 16-4A All-District team where he garnered First Team mention.
Not one to rest on his laurels, McCown has been continuing an arduous process of improving his game, with several members of his family being heavily involved in his football maturation process.
One could possibly be of the belief that McCown's family approach to learning the finer points of football begin and end with his cousins, Randy, Josh and Luke McCown.
That would not be a strange assumption given the fact that Randy McCown was an outstanding signal caller at Texas A&M and Josh and Luke McCown are currently in the midst of long NFL careers as members of the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints, respectively.
And while the trio do offer up suggestions and advice to the latest McCown Tribesmen, they are far from being the only family sources of football wisdom.
“This summer I worked out with Josh and Like a couple of days a week and they would tweak my mechanics and work with me on my footwork and my stance,” Carter McCown explained. “I've got a lot of pointers from Randy as well and I know that the things I learn from each of them can make me a better player and that is my main focus.”
Carter McCown went on to say that there are other McCowns that also assist him in improving his game.
“Some people may not know that after every game on Friday night I sit down with my dad (Andy McCown) and we go over the things I did wrong in that night's game and if I did anything right we talk about how I could make it even better,” Carter McCown said. “My dad first started throwing a football with me when I was three years old and football has been a big part of our life and in the life of my brother (Colton) too. My dad and my brother, a former Indian defensive back and receiver, have always been some of my biggest mentors.”
Carter McCown has had a football-filled summer, that should have him at or near the top of his game when the Indians open fall practices on Aug. 12.
He led the Jacksonville 7-on-7 team to a 7-1 record in league play.
That same group of Tribe 7-on-7ers came within a whisker of qualifying for the state 7-on-7 tournament.
After taking part in voluntary strength and condition workouts earlier this summer at JHS, Carter McCown participated in a couple of combines and summer camps that he said should make him a more complete player this season.
“I attended a combine in Fort Worth and the TCU Combine in Kilgore,” he stated. “Also I went to camps at Texas A&M and at Colorado State.”
Carter McCown said that by competing against other athletes from a high level can only make him better.
“The A&M camp was a particularly good one,” he said. “Everyone there was as good or better than our best players.
“I think that it helped me to go up against some of the best defensive backs in the country.”
The young McCown said that he knows that he is stronger and faster than he was this time a year ago and that he hopes that the preparations that he he has taken part in since the conclusion of his sophomore campaign last fall will make make him a smarter quarterback in the upcoming season.
“I've watched hours and hours of film (since the end of last season) with coach (Chris) Taber and some of the other (JHS) coaches,” Carter McCown said. “I think that I have improved at recognizing defensive schemes and such and I think that I will be in a better position to help my team this year because of that.”
Carter McCown made it quite clear that his first priority is helping the Indians win football games.
“I'm not Josh, Randy or Luke (McCown), I'm Carter and all I'm concerned about is doing my best to help the team win,” he said. “If we have a better chance of winning if I throw for 150 yards a game than we do if I throw for 300 yards a game, then that's what I'll do.
“I'm not worried about stats. I just want to do whatever it takes to get the team the “W”.”