His second interception of the night went 31 yards for a touchdown, extending Tennessee’s lead to 23-10 early in the third quarter at LP Field.
So far McCarthy has been credited with seven tackles, including two for loss, and two interceptions.
He has been around the ball all night long.
“I think our D-line was getting a lot of pressure up front, causing them to make bad decisions with the football,” McCarthy later said. “We are out there running around, making plays. It’s the D-line. They were doing a great job getting pressure all night.”
McCarthy said Tennessee’s defense is shaping up for the start of the regular season.
“I think we had three or four sacks (tonight),” he said. “That’s the way our defense is. That’s the way we have been building through this preseason. We are excited for Week 1 to come around.”
As a rookie in 2011, McCarthy entered the starting lineup after midseason and made a significant impact on Tennessee’s defense, totaling 76 tackles, a team-high eight tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Although he started in less than half of the team’s games, his tackle total was the fourth-highest by a Titans rookie since 1999.
The second-year pro doubled his interception total from all of last season in just over two quarters of play tonight.
It’s become apparent throughout training camp and the preseason that McCarthy is ready to take his game to the next level in 2012.
By all indications tonight, he is well on his way.
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