Bishop England coach John Cantey figured, with limited depth this season, he’d need a few players to do several things well. Jarren McCoy hardly comes off the field.
McCoy has been voted the South Atlantic Bank East Cooper Player of the Week for his two-way contribution to the Bishops’ 63-0 win over Academic Magnet.
McCoy serves as Cantey’s eyes on the field. Many times, defensive adjustments are made according to what McCoy is seeing from his safety position. He’s also become one of the most reliable targets on offense. The casual observer may notice several players before him. But McCoy’s versatility makes him as valuable as anyone on the field.
“He’s a leader on the field. He lets me know what’s going on out there,” Cantey said. “He’s a smart player. We do a lot of things coverage wise that depend on him. And it’s the same thing on offense. Different guys have big games week to week but we can count on him when we need to.”
McCoy scored both times he touched the ball against Academic Magnet. He put the Bishops ahead on their first play from scrimmage with an 18-yard touchdown catch just 17 seconds into the game. He reeled in a 53-yard score that opened a 42-0 Bishops advantage with more than two minutes left in the opening quarter. He finished with 71 yards and is currently second on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns.
He also logged two tackles for a Bishops defense that secured its first shutout since 2016. Bishop England allowed Academic Magnet just 66 total yards. McCoy is second on the team in tackles this season and has forced three turnovers.
He only steps off the field momentarily during special teams, which is an unusual switch for a guy who last season also handled kicking duties for the Bishops.
“He’s a pretty durable guy. We’re able to do a lot with him because he can handle it all,” Cantey said. “He’s not just an offensive player or a defensive player. He’s just a football player.”