April 22, 2008

McCoy finally finding his role at A&M

In 2005, Midland Lee quarterback Jamie McCoy headed to College Station to take the helm of the Aggies at Texas A&M. His dream back then was to stay at quarterback and follow in the footsteps of former Aggie quarterback Reggie McNeal.

Now a junior, McCoy has bounced around from position to position without seeing the field much at all. Two seasons ago he got some mop up duty behind quarterback Stephen McGee, who become the de facto heir to McNeal to head coach Dennis Franchione. With the arrival of Jerrod Johnson in College Station, McCoy was moved to wide receiver where he never saw the field as a sophomore in 2007.

With the change in coaching staffs to Mike Sherman, McCoy was on the move once again, but this time to tight end. With the graduation of Joey Thomas and the early departure to the NFL of Martellus Bennett, the tight end position was bare with two freshmen that redshirted in 2007 as the only scholarship players at the position.

McCoy wasn't extremely happy with the move at first since he had spent an offseason trying to get into shape to play receiver.

"Really I was mad because I just dropped 20 pounds to be a receiver, and then the day before spring he came to me and said he needed a tight end. I told him if it helped the team then I'd be willing to do it," McCoy said. "I got down to 210, 208 from 227, 230. It was about 20 pounds and I had to put it right back on or try to. It was tough but it's alright."

Since the first day of spring drills, McCoy has been the surprise of camp as he has taken to the tight end position well. Sherman likes to use the tight end a lot in his offense, and McCoy has the receiving instincts and route running ability to become a major player in the Aggies' offense.

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