Jim Tomsula Urged on 49ers Rookie James McCray
McCray, a 6-foot, 210-pound prospect, attended the alma mater of respected 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
McCray and Tomsula first met in '12 at Catawbaâs senior night game. McCray still recalls the wisdom that Tomsula shared in that brief encounter.
"He kept telling me, 'Keep doing what you're doing. Keep working hard and keep shining and they'll notice you,'" McCray said. "He gave me a lot of encouragement."
The small-school safety has proven he can adjust to the speed of his NFL teammates. Now, it's a matter of showing he can grow in the mental side of the game.
"It's a big difference coming from where I come from," McCray said. "We didn't have these coverages, but I adapt quick and I learn."
"It's not so much that the people are faster here, it's just the speed of everybody knowing what they're doing. I have to get my mind right for that."