By Kyra Hallett
Gerald McCoy, DE #93
Weight: 300 lbs.
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Experience: 3rd season
Gerald McCoy was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 25, 1988. In Oklahoma City, he attended Southeast High School. In 2004 as a high school junior, McCoy had 83 tackles, 20 sacks and was named all-metro, all-area and all-state. The following year as a senior, McCoy had 82 tackles, 20 sacks and recovered nine fumbles. He received several awards including the 2005 National Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today. Rivals.com and several other recruiting services ranked McCoy the top defensive tackle of the class of 2006. After his senior year, he was invited to play in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
McCoy attended the University of Oklahoma where he majored in human relations. While there, he was a two-time team captain and started all 40 games he played. McCoy also received several awards. He received All-American first-team honors from Walter Camp, Football Writers Association and The Sporting News, and second team All-American honors from the AP. He was also a Lombardi Trophy Finalist, consensus All-Big 12 first-team and Honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
At Oklahoma in 2007, McCoy had 19 tackles and two sacks. In 2008, he had 26 tackles, six tackles and one interception. In 2009, he had 32 tackles and six sacks. McCoy ended his college career with a total of 77 tackles, 14 sacks and one interception.READ MORE: Local Nurses Demand Change In Tallahassee and Washington D.C.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted McCoy in the first round, third overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Bucs signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract on July 31, 2010. He was the highest-drafted interior lineman by the Bucs since Warren Sapp was selected 12th overall in 1995. McCoy was also the third player from University of Oklahoma to be selected by the Bucs in the first round, joining defensive end Lee Roy Selmon who was first overall in 1976 and guard Davin Joseph who was 23rd overall in 2006.
McCoy has been injury prone since joining the league. In 2010, his rookie season was cut short after sustaining a torn left bicep. In 2011, he tore his right bicep.Going into the 2012 season, McCoy had played 19 out of a possible 32 games. In the 13 games he played in 2010, McCoy racked up 28 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles. In 2011, McCoy played six games, tallying up 11 tackles and one sack. So far this season, he has 16 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
McCoy has also been a part of the community. He has greeted patients in the hospital and sung Christmas Carols to residents in a retirement home. McCoy has taken part in the Play 60 program to help promote healthy living for the youth. McCoy took 400 Bucs fans to the movies to see “The Avengers” through a Twitter contest. He helped present a check to a local youth football and cheerleading organization that was vandalized. McCoy took part in the groundbreaking ceremony that will give a local football organization a field they can call home.
McCoy needs to continue with his successful season and stay healthy to help the Bucs out, especially with fellow defensive end Adrian Clayborn on the IR.
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Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.