2008 (Sophomore): Sporting News First Team All-American ... AP Second Team All- American ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News ... All-Big 12 first team by the coaches, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star and San Antonio Express News and second team by the AP ... led all interior defensive lineman with 30 tackles ... second on the team with 6.5 sacks ... career-high two sacks against Texas ... first career interception came in the BCS title game against Florida ... equaled career-high five tackles in season opener against Chattanooga.
2007 (Freshman): Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year ... Freshman All-American by Rivals, The Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com ... honorable mention All-Big 12 Team by the coaches and Associated Press ... started 13 games at defensive tackle ... recorded a career-best five tackles at Colorado ... logged two tackles and recovered a key fumble against Texas ... had two tackles for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry against Missouri ... forced a fumble and notched a sack and two tackles for loss against Texas A&M ... logged two tackles, assisted on a tackle for loss and recorded two quarterback hurries in Big 12 Championship against Missouri.
2006 (Redshirt): Redshirted.
Personal: National Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today... 2005 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year... Elected to the OCA All-State team... All-City Athletic Conference Player of the Year... All-area, all-state and all-metro as a junior... Logged 82 tackles, 20 sacks and recovered nine fumbles as a senior... Notched 83 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss and 20 sacks as a junior... Had one interception (returned 48 yards for a TD) and two fumble recoveries ... All-state by Oklahoman and Tulsa World... Best DL by Oklahoma Kickoff Magazine... Played in U.S. Army High School All-American game... PARADE Magazine All-American... Coached by Michael Branch... Born Feb. 25, 1988... Parents: Gerald and Patricia McCoy.
Gerald McCoy Audibles
"Athletically, his size, his physical-ness, he's what you want and we all knew that recruiting him. Jackie's going to put him in position to sink or swim and knowing Gerald, he'll swim quite well." — Defensive Coordinator, Brent Venables
An explosive, quick-twitch interior lineman, McCoy has the first-step burst to consistently cross the face of opposing linemen and make his way into the backfield. Is very powerful and sudden on contact. He does a great job working his hands and feet in sync, instantly disengaging inside. Has a tendency to allow his pad level to get a bit upright once he gains a step. Consequently, he can be pushed past the play. But for the most part, he plays with leverage and uses his hands to slip blocks on contact. Does a great job extending his long arms into linemen on contact and maintaining his balance throughout the play. Consistently gets his hands under the chest plate of opposing defenders and generates an impressive jolt at the point of attack. McCoy possesses the ability to stack and shed inside against the run game, and he does a great job closing on the ball. Displaying impressive lateral suddenness as a pass rusher, he has the agility to consistently sidestep blocks and close on the quarterback. At times this season, he lined up at as five-technique defensive end in passing situations. Showcases the body control to work the up-and-under move. He's a gifted athlete, but it's his awareness off the snap that allows him to routinely get good jumps inside and make his way into the backfield. His combination of explosiveness, length and instincts makes him very difficult to block inside. He looks like a playmaking three-down lineman at the next level with the ability to penetrate inside in a 4-3 scheme or even hold up on the outside as 3-4 DE.