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CEDAR RAPIDS — McCauley Todd will graduate from the University of Montana in December. He’ll get a degree in history, with an additional emphasis on African-American studies.
His goal for the future is crystal clear. It’s not so much the teaching part he’s interested in, but the football part.
He wants to coach, specifically at the college level.
“Football is a game unlike any other game,” the senior offensive lineman said. “In my opinion, it’s the best sport there is. It teaches you so much. To work for people, to work with people. To fight for your team, to get through adversity. Football has done so much for me. I want to give back.”
Todd prepped at Cedar Rapids Washington but traveled far away for college. He is ecstatic to get the opportunity to return to Iowa for Saturday’s game at Northern Iowa.
It’s a 4 p.m. kickoff between FCS’s third-ranked (UNI) and 14th-ranked (Montana) teams, and Todd said he’ll have lots of family and friends in attendance at the UNI-Dome. It’s the closest to home his team has played in his five years with the Griz.
The 6-foot-7, 304-pounder red-shirted as a true freshman, didn’t play in 2013, played in nine games with a start in 2014 and started nine games last season. Knee injuries have bedeviled him throughout his career.
“There have been some injuries, but that’s football. Anyone who has played has dealt with that at some point in their career,” Todd said. “It was difficult at first to go so far away from home. It made me grow up a lot and mature quickly. It taught me a lot about myself.
“Another thing is living in another place makes you appreciate where you are from.”
Todd was anticipated to be a starter at guard this season but was moved to left tackle in fall camp and is a backup at this point. He does play special teams on Montana’s PAT/field-goal team.
He said the move outside has been challenging, but he isn’t sulking. It’s about whatever he can do for his team.
Sounds like a coach in the making, doesn’t it? By the way, Todd’s younger brother, Andrew, is a junior tackle at Washington who has emerged as a potential major college recruit.
It’d be something if somehow, someway McCauley could end up at the same school as his brother.
“At the end of the day, I came here to Montana to win games,” McCauley Todd said. “I came here to win championships, and we haven’t done that, yet. My focus is to do whatever I can to make that happen.”
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