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23 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Mike McCoy

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In which BracketCat counts down the 23rd day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of running back Mike McCoy.

#23 Mike McCoy
One need just look at this photo to catch a glimpse of the physicality that Mike McCoy (23) can bring to the running back position.
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#23 Mike McCoy

Redshirt Sophomore | 6-2 | 236 lbs. | Topeka, Kansas
Mike McCoy
Mike McCoy
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Running Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String (tie)
  • Status: On Scholarship

Mike Jerome McCoy (b. June 4, 1998) is a big, power running back who got his feet wet at the Division I level in 2017 and will compete for increased playing time as a sophomore.

After redshirting in 2016, he played in three games last year, totaling 55 yards on 10 carries.

McCoy set a season high with 33 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, against Charlotte.

He also rushed four times for 14 yards in the season opener against Central Arkansas and twice for eight yards in the Cactus Bowl win over UCLA.

McCoy played for under head coach Walt Alexander at Topeka High School, where he was rated the fifth-best player in the state of Kansas in the class of 2016 by Rivals, while he checked in at No. 6, according to ESPN.

He also was viewed as the 27th-best running back nationally by Rivals and the best in the state of Kansas by Scout.

McCoy was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas Team as a senior.

A first-team all-state selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal following his senior campaign, in addition to earning honorable mention honors from The Wichita Eagle, he also earned honorable mention accolades from both publications as a junior.

McCoy rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior en route to All-City Offensive Player of the Year honors, and helped to lead the Trojans to an 8-2 record in 2015 and a 7-3 mark in 2014, culminating with trips to the state playoffs both seasons.

He was named the East team Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Kansas Shrine Bowl after tying a game record with four rushing touchdowns, rushing for 89 yards on 13 carries and hauling in three passes for 53 yards in the contest.

McCoy is a cousin of Stacy McGee, who played defensive line at Oklahoma and is entering his sixth NFL season — and second with the Washington Redskins — in 2018.