LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin footprint in the National Football League could be growing in a couple of months thanks to Erik McCoy.
The Texas A&M Aggie redshirt junior announced on twitter Thursday night that he would be entering the NFL draft instead of using his final year of eligibility.
McCoy went to the Aggies as a two-star recruit out of Lufkin where as a senior, McCoy graded out at 95 percent with an impressive 27 pancakes and 34 knockdowns. He was given first-team all-district honors and earned second-team all-state honors.
In College Station, he excelled on and off the field. According to his team profile page, as a redshirt freshman he started all 13 games at center for the Aggies, was named to the Freshman All-SEC team, earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after a standout performance in his first career start against UCLA, helped clear the way for a balanced Aggie offense that gained 467.0 yards per game, with 211.8 rushing and 250.0 passing yards per game.
As a sohomore, McCoy started every game, lining up at center for 11 of 13 games and guard in the other two games, helped the Aggies average 406.8 yards per game with 155.6 rushing and 251.2 passing, assisted the offense in gaining 350 or more yards of total offense in eight games and helped the Aggies gain a season-high 382 yards on the ground in the opener at UCLA.
In his final season, he started and was a team captain all 12 games, helping the Aggies gain 5,590 total yards, paved the way for the SEC’s leading rusher in Trayveon Williams, led the Texas A&M offense in gaining 500-or-more yards of total offense in five games, given the Offensive Unselfish Leader Award at the team’s annual banquet, named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week following Texas A&M’s victory over No. 8 LSU, named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List and the Allstate AFCA Good Words Team Watch List, given the Offensive Leadership Award, Offensive MVP Award, Junior Academic Award and Strength and Conditioning Offensive Aggie Award at the team’s annual banquet.
If drafted McCoy would join a growing list of players from Lufkin that played in the NFL and would make it the second consecutive year that a former Panther was drafted after Keke Coutee was drafted by the Houston Texans last season.