Looking to get familiarized with Tennessee’s newest wide receiver Bru McCoy? Look no further.
On Tuesday evening, McCoy made the announcement that Tennessee fans had been hoping for since his Knoxville visit in late March. McCoy, a former five-star athlete and former USC wide receiver, announced that he would officially be transferring to Tennessee to continue his collegiate career.
With a frame of 6-foot-3 and 220-pounds, McCoy has the size and strength to be a talented receiver in college football, especially in the SEC.
After enrolling at USC in the summer of 2019, McCoy would spend the next three years in Los Angeles. However, his numbers and statistics don’t resemble a three-year PAC-12 receiver, and there are reasons for that. In total, McCoy finished his USC career with 21 receptions, 236 yards, and two touchdowns in just six games played. Additionally, all of McCoy’s game action came in the shortened 2020 season.
Bru McCoy wound up taking a redshirt during his freshman year as he dealt with injuries and illness. However, in 2020, McCoy made his Trojans debut in the midst of the COVID guidelines season. Prior to the start of the 2021 season, with a promising start to build on from 2020, McCoy would face an arrest in July of 2021 for domestic violence. One month later, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges against McCoy according to a report from ABC News. The situation was enough to hold McCoy off the field for the entirety of the 2021 season, though.
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McCoy’s collegiate career has been filled with more twists and turns than most any other collegiate journey. However, with Tennessee, McCoy now has a fresh start ahead of him. And if the former five-star recruit can get to work this summer, and keep a strong and focused mentality, McCoy has the potential to turn into a dynamic receiver with Tennessee.
“Unique two-way player with a high projection at receiver or outside linebacker,” 247’s National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins said about McCoy in 2018. “Big, strong and physical as a wideout with good hands and high-level body control. Runs well enough to get behind a defense, makes the tough catch look routine and can do something with the ball in his hands after the catch as well. Is also a tremendous blocker and plays with incredible effort.
If McCoy does find his way into Tennessee’s starting lineup, the result could be a scary sight for opposing defenses. Tennessee has the potential to line up returning veteran Cedric Tillman (6′ 3″, 215-lbs) and Bru McCoy (6′ 3”, 220-lbs) on the outside of the field with Jalin Hyatt as the dynamic versatile player from the slot position.
With the highlight tapes below, it’s not hard to imagine what Josh Heupel, Alex Golesh, and the Tennessee coaching staff will do with a player of McCoy’s caliber.