Earlier this week, McCoy was one of nine Sooners named to the All-Big 12 First Team. He currently ranks second on the team in sacks (6.5) and quarterback hurries (three), and third in tackles for loss (9.5). McCoy has 25 total tackles on the season and has also been credited with two pass breakups.
Oklahoma aims for its third straight Big 12 title when they take on the Missouri Tigers Saturday night in Kansas City. Tune in to the national television broadcast on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. (CT).
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Updated each weekday morning, Boomer Bytes is your quick guide to Sooners in the news:
Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News: "He greets everyone with an engaging smile and affable personality. McCoy's standout play on the field and leadership away from it are big reasons the Sooners haven't fallen apart in the face of adversity. McCoy, who has a tireless work ethic, won't allow it. "As far..."
Berry Tramel of the Oklahoman: "The Sooners started jumping early. Jumping, jumping, jumping, like the sidelines were spring loaded. Jumping like kids turned loose in a mattress factory. Truth is, they'd been jumping for days. "Last week," said defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "It started last week. We came to..."
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "They call Oklahoma-Oklahoma State "Bedlam." But that can wait until next week. This? This was "Pandemonium." OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sprinted to the stands and hugged anyone within six feet of the front row...
Mike Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The Sooners sacked Tech quarterback Graham Harrell four times, this against an offensive line that had allowed only five through 10 games. That included two in a row by Adrian Taylor and Gerald McCoy to break a string of 80 passes since the last TT sack. Three times OU..."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "Statement delivered. Oklahoma's defense silenced its critics Saturday night, dismantling the nation's third-best scoring offense in a 65-21 rout. "We wanted to pound them," McCoy said. "We wanted to come out and set the tone early. "I think we sent a message to whoever was watching. We're for real..."
From SoonerSports.com: "Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Wooden Cup. He is the fourth OU student-athlete to be considered for the award over the last four years..."
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "This is where we're going to have to prove it," said OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. "They say defense wins championships, but this is our chance." Oklahoma's offense is holding up its end, averaging 49.8 points and 538 yards per game. Those averages over an entire..."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been named to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, marking the third consecutive year that a Sooner player has been named to the prestigious squad."
Jake Trotter of the Oklahoman: "By tying up interior blockers, McCoy allowed OU's three linebackers to lead the team in tackles. And for those reasons, McCoy is playing better than any Sooner defensive tackle since Tommie Harris manned the middle five years ago."
From the Oklahoman: "Listen, Gerald's an advantage," Venables said. "Those (other) guys are solid. "Gerald... he really can't be with those other guys. Gerald, he's on his own planet." McCoy has two tackles for loss through two games and has been a constant menace to opposing backfields."
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: McCoy, a 21-year-old humanitarian, servant of mankind and citizen of the world, who says it's his dream to one day open the Gerald Keith McCoy Community Center so he can give inner-city kids a positive place to play and learn and grow.
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "Lee Roy Selmon, for one, thinks so. The man widely regarded as the greatest Sooner of all time acknowledges he has not closely studied McCoy, but is impressed with what he has seen so far."
John Shinn of the Norman Transcript: "Oklahoma's coaching staff has always preached the philosophy of the best players playing regardless of age or class. The players expressed the same philosophy with the selection of this season's team captains. Sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford and sophomore defensive tackle Gerald McCoy were among the five selected."
John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "If you want to get a finger on the pulse of the Oklahoma defense, talk to tackle Gerald McCoy. McCoy is as humble and respectful a young man as I've come across in more than 25 years covering sports. But he also somehow finds a way to speak his mind. And what comes out of his mouth is usually the spot-on truth and not just some flamboyant opinion."
From the Oklahoman: "According to McCoy, the defense was plagued by "penalties," "lack of intensity" and "mental errors." "We're trying to be national champions, not just win the Big 12 and lose a bowl game," McCoy said. "We're tired of that reputation."
From John Hoover of the Tulsa World: "Oklahoma sophomore defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been nominated for the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. McCoy, an Oklahoma City native, is among 71 nominees nationwide. A panel of judges will select two 11-player teams in all college football subdivisions."