McCoy's a Redshirt A-A

Anyone who read this web site during Tennessee's spring practices already knows that Rico McCoy was one of the bright young stars that emerged. We posted regular reports on the talented young linebacker's abilities.

Now it seems the folks at have noticed Rico McCoy, too. Writing for the popular web site, Richard Cirminiello lists McCoy on his 2006 Redshirt Freshman All-America team.

McCoy would've played as a true freshman last fall except for a foot problem that eventually required surgery. He bounced back with some outstanding scrimmage performances in March and April, leading all tacklers in the Orange & White Game with 6 solos (one for minus yardage) and an assist. The 6-1, 215-pounder just might be destined to fill one of the outside ‘backer spots vacated by 2005 starters Omar Gaither and Jason Mitchell.

Here's what Cirminiello has to say about McCoy:

LB Rico McCoy, Tennessee – Although he spent most of last fall recovering from foot surgery, Tennessee coaches haven't stopped clamoring about McCoy's ability and instincts. He enjoyed a breakout spring, consistently making big plays and delivering big sticks. With all of last year's starting linebackers out of eligibility, McCoy has a great chance to make a huge splash in 2006.

Other SEC players named to the Redshirt Freshman All-America first team are: offensive lineman Ciron Black (LSU), tight end Jared Cook (South Carolina) and linebacker Troy Blackmon (Auburn).

Also earning mention were: linebacker Brent Davis (South Carolina), defensive back Ryan Hamilton (Vanderbilt) and defensive back Dorian Munroe (Florida).

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