Time to Shine

As the mid-day sun pounded down on Howard Jones Field, USC tight end Anthony McCoy pressed on through the smothering heat, working tirelessly drill after drill, rep after rep with USC Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Carlisle. For McCoy, who has spent the past two seasons learning behind Mackey Award Winner Fred Davis, 2008 is his time to shine.

As the mid-day sun pounded down on Howard Jones Field, USC tight end Anthony McCoy pressed on through the smothering heat, working tirelessly drill after drill, rep after rep with USC Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Carlisle. For McCoy, who has spent the past two seasons learning behind Mackey Award Winner Fred Davis, 2008 is his time to shine.

"I have gone in and watched film on how he (Fred Davis) used to run his routes and how he used to get off on releases," said McCoy, who credits Davis with helping him become a better tight end. "I have learned a lot from watching him. It has been a great two-year experience being behind him and now that he is gone it is my time to get going."

With the success that Davis had in 2007 fresh in everyone's mind, McCoy realizes that whoever plays the tight end position at USC will be highly scrutinized this coming season.


Anthony McCoy makes the catch.
"The pressure is on right now. You got Fred (Davis) who came in and did what he did the past year, and now I have to come up and try to live up to that," McCoy said. "Right now, I just want to come out and be me. I just want to come out and do what I need to do to contribute to the team."

While McCoy admits he will not be able to avoid being compared to Davis, he isn't fazed by the talk and lights up like a little kid on Christmas morning when discussing the upcoming season.

"I have been waiting for two years, it has been a long journey so far, and now that it is here I have to take advantage of it," McCoy said with a big smile. "I want to try and get the ball as much as I can and just be a player that always plays one hundred percent. I want to be a good player in every aspect of the position."

Always a team player, McCoy has just one goal for this coming season.

"Just to win, that is the number one goal for all of us, not just me. We want to come out and just take it day-by-day, game-by-game, and go from there."

With just over a month until the start of Fall Camp, McCoy can be found on Howard Jones Field most days working to become a more complete player.

"I'm working on everything. You can never be perfect at everything; there is always something to work on when it comes to footwork, route running or hand placement," McCoy said. "I feel that I am going to have to work on everything if I am going to be the player that they want me to be this year.


McCoy gets yards after the catch.
"My focus is to come out to workouts and always give one hundred percent effort, always get extra work and do film study.

"We have been out here working hard Monday through Friday, getting runs in, stretching and lifting with Coach Carlisle and the rest of the team. It has been great so far and I am really looking forward to camp."

One of the remaining questions to be answered at Fall Camp is how quickly McCoy and the USC wide receivers are able to gel with new starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"I have been playing with Mark (Sanchez) since freshman year and I love the way he plays," said McCoy. "He gives every receiver out there a look. He always keeps his eyes open and looks at the tight ends and running backs.

"Our chemistry is real good right now, we have been working out together and going out and throwing the ball a little bit on 7-on-7.

"Honestly, I think this offense can be one of the best that USC has had. I don't want to compare us to anybody, I just want us to do our own thing. I want us to come out and do what the coaches tell us and run everything the way it is supposed to be run. If we do that we will be the best we can be."


McCoy makes the catch in front of Marshall Jones.

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