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.