Mike McCoy Ready For Last Go-Around
"Greg and I have always had chemistry," Mike McCoy said following Alabama's Tuesday practice. "We came in together. He's like my brother. We go out to eat together, things like that."
In the last practice prior to Tuesday, a scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium, McCoy and McElroy were handed their lunch by the Alabama defense.
"We left too many plays on the field," McCoy said. "The quarterback didn't have time to throw, the receivers didn't do their job, the running game wasn't there. It was the whole offense. No one can point a finger."
All-in-all, though, McCoy thinks the offense is making strides. "Everyone is making plays, everyone is getting touches," McCoy said. "We're making improvement. Everyone is competing hard. There's no lollygagging. Everyone knows what Coach Saban expects."
Coach Nick Saban has his team on the practice field for two and a half hours Tuesday, the 13th of Alabama's 15 spring practice dates. Bama will have a final closed practice Thursday, and then conclude spring training with the A-Day Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. Kickoff will be at 2 p.m. CDT.
McCoy said the players haven't begun to think about the A-Day Game. "We still have a practice," he said. But, he added, "I don't think anyone in the country goes to the extreme Alabama does for a spring game. That makes it exciting for the players."
Over the past two season, McCoy has played in 26 games, starting 18 of them. As a sophomore in 2007 he had 28 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. Last year he had 16 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown. In both seasons he was Alabama's third-leading receiver.
In a key victory over Georgia in Athens last year, McCoy gave extraordinary effort to make a catch and keep a second quarter touchdown drive alive, but strained his hamstring on the play. He was out the remainder of that game and missed the next contest. "It affected me," he said. "It took quite a while to open up my stride. I'm back now."
McCoy, 6-2, 205, said he thinks a difference in this offense and last year's will be "more people touching the ball. Julio (Julio Jones), of course, and Darius Hanks, Marquis Maze, Earl Alexander and me. We've got a lot of receivers."
As for lessons from last season, he said Bama's performance in the Sugar Bowl, a 31-17 loss to Utah, "taught us not to underestimate anyone."
McCoy said it is "crazy" that he is an upcoming senior. "This is my last go-around," said the Rankin, Miss., native. "It seems like it just started. I'm ready to go out with a bang."
Mike McCoy and Greg McElroy were part of the freshman class that came to Alabama in 2006. McElroy will have another year after this season, but McCoy lost that freshman year because he played a total of five plays in three games spread over a couple of months.
McCoy said that McElroy brings confidence to the offense. "It's good to have him in the huddle," McCoy said.
McElroy to McCoy could be part of a winning recipe in the fall.
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