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McCoy Rules Husky Defense

  • By Shel Segal
ELACMcCoyDE2PICO RIVERA - 10/15/10 - Off the field he's a really nice guy. But on the gridiron it might be best to run the other way from East Los Angeles College defensive end Chris McCoy.

At 6 feet, 2 inches and 240 pounds, you definitely do not want to be on the receiving end of one of those trademark hits.

"I got started at 6 years old," McCoy, a graduate of Bell Gardens High, said of his football playing days. "My mom put me in tackle and it just took off from there."

McCoy said he loves just about every aspect of the game, especially just being part of the group.

"I love the camaraderie on the team," he said. "It's the fellows who keep me coming back. It's an escape from everyday life."

His biggest thrills as a member of the Husky defense, he said, are getting three sacks in the game - including the game-clinching sack - against Santa Barbara City College in the last game of last season and a big hit on the Los Angeles Valley College quarterback in this year's season opener.

"I hit hard, play sound football and try to be in the right place at the right time on the field," said McCoy, who added he is hoping to play NCAA Div. I football after his days at ELAC are finished. "I'm pretty smart when it comes to this game."

And how is the road to Div. I coming along? A little bumpy, McCoy admitted, but he said that's not getting him down.

"If I don't get an offer I see myself walking on somewhere on the West Coast," he said.

He added he is hoping to leave his mark - along with his teammates - on the ELAC football program, a program that has struggled for years.

"We're trying to build something here," he said. "Let's bring some credibility to this school."

And has McCoy left his mark?

"It's been difficult so far, but if we can win the American Mountain Conference we have a chance to leave our mark," he said. "I'd have to say we were the favorites coming into the season. I think we're ready to break out of our shell."

He added a few different bounces of the ball this year and ELAC would be in command of its destiny.

"We had some really tough losses," he said. "With a few extra points, we'd (have a winning record). The preseason competition was tough, but so is conference. I think we have the utmost confidence that if we play our style of football, we'll win it. Our style is mistake free, smashing defense and having the offense put points on the board."

(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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