Monmouth university TE @ NYG workout
live right down the street so always cool to see local guys working out with gmen
McLafferty will be one of several collegiate athletes attending the Giantsí local workout day tomorrow. Some of the Northeastís finest will arrive in East Rutherford for a private workout in front of scouts, coaches and general manager, Jerry Reese. Boston Collegeís Mike Naples will be one of the other tight ends in attendance.
"Knowing that they know who I am and that Iím on their radar Ö itís a great feeling," McLafferty said. "I was a die-hard Giants fan growing up. Iíve been a fan my whole life."
The 23-year-old tight end is fresh off a season in which he caught 24 passes for 501 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs. Over the last five years, McLafferty has worked to develop himself into one of the top tight ends in the country.
In 2009, the Morgan N.J. native enrolled at Monmouth having played quarterback throughout high school. In his senior year, he led War Memorial to a 9-3 record and to the Central Jersey, Group IV championship game.
But upon arriving in West Long Branch, McLafferty knew his best position wouldnít be under center, but several spots over. He changed his position to tight end, was redshirted and wound up on the scout team his first year. Week in and week out, McLafferty went head-to-head with the starting defense.
"That was tough," McLafferty said. "I questioned if I was even going to be able to play."
Monmouth tight end coach Jeff Gallo worked tirelessly to help McLafferty make up for lost time at the position. McLafferty had the size (6-foot-6, 255 pounds), the strength and was a natural pass catcher. The only thing he truly lacked were the fundamentals.
"I just tried to get better each year," McLafferty said. "I worked non stop."
In his redshirt freshman year, McLafferty caught just seven balls. In 2011, that number increased to 14 and in his junior year he caught 23. When four-year starter Tyler George graduated, McLafferty knew it was finally his chance to shine.
"Going into my senior year the job was all mine," McLafferty said. "I knew I was going to get a ton of reps and I wanted to be my teamís go-to guy. I wanted to be the guy that was considered a playmaker and caught everything that came to him. I wanted to be a big part of the offense."
In three fewer games than his teammates, McLafferty led Monmouth in yards per game, finished third in receptions and second in both touchdowns and yards. The breakout-year put McLafferty on several teamsí radars.