March 16, 2010

Tight end key position in spring drills

One of the first moves that A&M head coach Mike Sherman made after he arrived in College Station in the spring of 2008 was to move quarterback turned receiver Jamie McCoy to tight end. The move did not appear to have much significance at the time since McCoy was considered to be anything but a traditional tight end in terms of his size or his skills.

As it turns out, it was a move that maximized everything that McCoy had to offer. Lacking ideal size, Sherman moved McCoy around like a chess piece, using him as an in-line tight end, as a slot receiver, as a wideout and as a fullback out of the I-formation. The moves created mismatches against linebackers in the passing game, allowed McCoy to block smaller defenders and even carry the ball as a running back.

McCoy caught 35 passes for over 10 yards a catch and proved to be durable as he started every game over a two-year period. In addition, he proved to be a welcome outlet for Jerrod Johnson on check downs.

Now the Aggies face life without McCoy and ironically enough it may take multiple replacements to replicate the underrated McCoy's skill set.

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