By Sue Moore
A singular honor by a 2013 Vicksburg High School football player has been accorded Colin McCaw. He was nominated by his coach Tom Marchese and selected by the all-star coaches for the 33rd annual East-West high school football game, played at Grand Valley State University in June.
McCaw was one of 88 players from each of the eight high school divisions in the state, placing him among the elite in Michigan high school football from the graduating class of 2013 according to Keith Stephens, president of the Football Coaches Association.
The love of football started at a young age for McCaw according to his family. At age five he would choose to watch ESPN sports rather than Saturday morning cartoons. He started playing rocket football at eight. One of Colin’s fondest memories was playing at Waldo Stadium in seventh grade. He was brought up to the varsity as a sophomore to play cornerback and also contributed as a wide receiver. He was on the first Vicksburg team to qualify for the playoffs in 20 years when the team journeyed to Lansing and lost to a highly ranked team in the class B division.
McCaw was named second team All- Conference, started both ways as a junior and named first team All-Conference defensive back that year. In his senior year he was named captain, switched positions to safety and played wide receiver and wildcat. He led the team in tackles (89), and set the Wolverine Conference record for receptions (56) while totaling over 1,200 all-purpose yards and seven TD’s. He was named first team All-State as a specialist, honored as the M-Live Dream team Defensive Player of the Year and was awarded All- Conference for both offense and defense.
That wasn’t all of his athletic achievements. McCaw was a multiple sport athlete for four years of high school, earning 10 varsity letters (football-3, basketball-3, track-3, and lacrosse-1). He was All-Conference for basketball his junior and senior years and part of the All-State 4×200 meter relay team as a junior.
He will continue his playing career at Western Michigan University as a preferred walk-on in football.
He is the son of Michael and Amie McCaw and has two sisters, Ashley and Emilie