COLLEGE STATION, TX (KTRE) - After playing his first-ever college game in his first ever-start with Texas A&M, Lufkin native Eric McCoy has been named the SEC Offensive Linemen of the Week as a redshirt freshmen. The honor came Tuesday after the team tabbed McCoy as the Offensive Player of the Week.
"It's well deserved. He did a great job, it being his first start. He did a great job directing the other guys," said offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
The center was responsible for all of Texas A&M's 83 snaps on Saturday. McCoy helped pave the way for the Maroon to storm 442 total yards, 203 of which were rushing. The Aggies also had three rushing touchdowns in their overtime 31-24 win against the No. 16 ranked UCLA Bruins. McCoy also protected new quarterback Trevor Knight from being sacked.
Despite his great performance, the adversity McCoy battled was much bigger than what happened on the field.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin said McCoy's grandfather had passed away earlier in the week. McCoy left College Station and was gone Thursday and Friday for the viewing, before coming back to be with his team come game time.
"He got back Friday night with the team and the team welcomed him back. That's the other part you don't see is the focus in that situation. That's difficult for any young man, or any grown person for that matter, and for him to perform the way he performed Saturday I think says a lot about him as a person. A lot of people didn't know that," said Sumlin.
What makes the Aggies' performance even more impressive is that McCoy was one-of-three offensive linemen who had their first-ever starts against UCLA.