Bears Draft McCoy In Seventh Round
April 28, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU cornerback and All-America return specialist Greg McCoy was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2012 National Football League Draft.
McCoy is the second Horned Frog selected Saturday. Linebacker Tank Carder went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills. TCU has had multiple players drafted in six of the last seven years.
McCoy, who played his senior season as a graduate student, was named to multiple All-America teams as a return specialist and was the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also an All-MW pick at cornerback.
A four-year letterman, McCoy started his last 27 games at TCU. In his final game as a Horned Frog, McCoy was named the Poinsettia Bowl's Defensive Most Valuable Player. His interception and 24-yard return late in the second quarter set up a game-tying TCU touchdown. He added two stops and two pass breakups in the 31-24 win over Louisiana Tech.
McCoy led the MW this season and ranked sixth nationally in kickoff return average at 30.6 yards. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, going 94 yards against Louisiana-Monroe and 99 yards versus UNLV. It marked the second- and third-longest kickoff returns in 11 seasons under head Gary Patterson.
McCoy totaled a TCU single-game record 229 kickoff return yards on six attempts (38.2 avg.) against Baylor, highlighted by 73- and 68-yard efforts to set up TCU scores.
McCoy totaled 32 tackles in the 2011 campaign. He had a TCU-high seven pass breakups while tying for the team lead with two interceptions. He collected a career-high eight tackles, seven solo, and a fumble recovery in the 36-35 win at Boise State. His seven career picks led all active Horned Frogs this season.
As a junior, McCoy ranked 10th on TCU with 30 stops. He recorded a season-best five tackles and a key pass breakup in the 21-19 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.
A Dallas native, McCoy was tabbed "Best Athlete in the Mountain West" by Sporting News.
TCU posted a 47-5 record in McCoy's four seasons as a Horned Frog.
As TCU's head coach, Patterson has now had 31 players drafted with a total of 62 in NFL camps.
Last year, ESPN.com ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.