Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

August 2, 2013

New Orleans Saints Training Camp: McCown ahead of Wallace on depth chart



METAIRE, La. — Jacksonville's Luke McCown is in a battle down in the bayou and as of Thursday morning he was winning the quest to back-up New Orleans Saints all-pro quarterback Drew Brees.

McCown, who is entering his 10th season as an NFL signal caller, is currently competing with another NFL veteran, Senaca Wallace, for the first position behind Brees on the Saint' depth chart. Wallace has been slowed by a groin strain the past few days, according to reports out of camp, which is being held at the Saints complex in the suburbs of New Orleans.

Naturally everything is fluid this time of the year in NFL training camps, but as of Thursday morning McCown was ranked ahead of Wallace on the depth chart.

McCown's edge over Wallace at this juncture could be due McCown having been in training camp with the Saints last season — he eventually found a home with the Atlanta Falcons.

McCown and Wallace are both well school in the ins and outs of the Saints' West Coast offense and each man has been given equal time with the second-team offense, which has made the competition a fair one.

McCown was interviewed by Terrance Harris of NOLA.com/The Times Picayune earlier this week and what he revealed in that one-on-one should not come as a shock to McCown friends, family and supporters in East Texas.

McCown shared with Harris the fact that since the eighth grade he has kept Proverbs 16:9 (A man's heart pave the way, but the Lord directs your steps”) written on his wrist tape.

I always go back to my faith,” McCown said in the post-workout interview. ”It has been 10 years of a lot of uncertainty in my career. The one thing that remains true no matter what is that God controls it all.”

The final verdict for McCown, as well as Wallace, is still several weeks away as the Saints' first pre-season game isn't until Aug. 9 when New Orleans hosts the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Indications from Saints officials say how well McCown and Wallace perform in the team's exhibition games will probably go along way in determining their respective status.


Text Only
Local Sports
  • 07-26-Brown + foto.jpg Junior golf: Brown claims a pair of 3rd place finishes this week

     The summer junior golf tour schedule is now in the home stretch and Jacksonville's Cameron Brown is closing like a freight train.

    Brown played in two tournaments this week and came in third place in each, while going up against some top-caliber junior golfers from the Metroplex.

    On Monday and Tuesday, the son of Dean and Mary Carol Brown, played in a Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) stop at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney where he shot rounds of 73 and 71 to earn third place out of a field of 54 boys.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJHS logo.png Forrest picked to guide Fightin' Maiden volleyball

    Jacksonville High School will have a new head volleyball when fall camp opens up on Aug. 4.

    Jan Forrest, a veteran high school coach who calls Borger, Texas home, has been promoted from the Jacksonville Middle School coaching staff into her new position.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-Minter + photo.jpg Guard-ex Minter helps USA win tourney in the Netherlands

    Spurred on in part by the efforts of A. J. Minter, a former diamond star at The Brook Hill School, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team was able to nail down the championship of the 27th edition of the Haarlem-Honkbal Week.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-26-TTA logo.jpg Rusk Rangers 14U stay alive in TTA state tourney

    The Rusk Rangers 14U team were scheduled to take on Malakoff Monsters Friday night in an elimination game in the Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association (TTA) state tournament in Hillsboro.

    Rusk suffered its first lost in the double-elimination event after falling to the Eagles from Mildred.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Fork 3 30 12.JPG Gone fishing with Jerry Miller

    One of the main things I really look forward to in the summer is locating and catching schooling bass. Schooling bass are not always easy to catch. Sometimes they are very aggressive and will react to a variety of baits. At other times they become very hard to catch. I have several baits that I rely on, but some are favorites.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • RNIZRWPNXJDDLGT.20140225144737.jpg Locals Hamlett, Trotter prepare for SHSU swan song

    The Sam Houston State University Bearkats will have a brand new head coach and an unfamiliar quarterback this season.

    But the Southland Conference (NCAA, Football Championship Series) team will return a rock-solid nucleus, including Cory Hamlett, a senior who prepped at Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School graduate John Trotter, who will also be in his final year playing for the orange squad from Huntsville.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_4906.JPG Johnson hired as Lady Guard basketball coach

    In filling its opening for a head girl's basketball coach, The Brook Hill School turned to Ivan Johnson, a coach that has been has achieved playoff success in TAPPS circles.

    Johnson was introduced as Brook Hill's man to lead the Lady Guard hoop charges Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that was held on campus at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • baseball.jpg TTA Youth baseball: Rusk Rangers 8U open state play with 2 wins

    Rusk's trio of youth baseball teams particpating in various Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association state tournaments remained alive going into Wednesday evening's games.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Updated cover tease art.jpg Bullard's Rumbelow rapidly rising up through ranks in Yankee farm system

    In just over a month Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High School pitching standout, will be celebrating his 23rd birthday.

    Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian head.jpg Jacksonville Football Camp set for Aug. 4

    Jacksonville High School will be hosting a free football camp, targeted towards for all incoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade football players, on Aug 4-5.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo