In short, as a high school freshman, he effortlessly benched "280" pounds one day in the weight room and since no one knew his name – at the time – they started calling him "280".
McCoy says Arizona, Arizona State, California, and USC were among his verbal offers as a senior while playing both offensive and defensive line at Los Angeles Washington Prep during the 2007-08 season. He says Cal was recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball at either guard or tackle. However, last season for College of the Sequoias, he cemented a spot on the defensive line.
"280" waiting to take his reps on Wednesday at COS.
He is expected to start at defensive tackle in 2009 and shore up a defensive line that loses two starters who signed with FBS schools last season. On paper, few match his physical skills. Despite weighing well over 300 pounds, he is extremely light on his feet. His consistently runs a sub 5.0 forty, his best time being 4.88. But his biggest attribute is his sheer strength.
McCoy has benched the NFL 225-pound bench test a whopping 43 times and benches over 500 pounds, but he has not maxed recently. He is the quintessential nose tackle – a natural fit in the 3-4 defensive front.
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