Oct. 4, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior punter Austin McCoy was selected as the Mountain West Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday as released by the conference office.
McCoy not only helped Wyoming control field-position in a 20-15 road win over the Toledo Rockets last Saturday, but he made one of the key plays in the game to keep a scoring drive alive for the Cowboys.
On Wyoming's first possession of the second half, McCoy lined up to punt at Wyoming's own 42-yard line with the Cowboys facing a fourth down and 14 yards. McCoy perfectly executed a fake punt, hitting Wyoming cornerback Marcell Gipson on a pass that resulted in a 34-yard gain and later led to a Wyoming field goal that gave the Pokes a 20-0 lead on way to a 20-15 road victory.
McCoy punted eight times on the day, placing two of his punts inside the Toledo 20-yard line at the Rockets' six-yard line and four-yard line. He forced Toledo into two fair catches, while five of his other punts were not returned and the lone punt that was returned on the day by Toledo was returned for 0 yards.
Because of excellent field position on the day, McCoy had an opportunity to kick away only a few times, and his long punts of the day included ones of 49, 47 and 41 yards.
He enters this week ranked No. 16 in the nation and No. 2 in the MWC in punting average (44.8 yards per punt). He has also helped the Cowboys rank No. 32 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the Mountain West Conference in net punting, with a 38.2 team net punting average for the 2010 season.
McCoy shares this week's MWC Special Teams Player of the Week honor with linebacker Jamil Cooks of Air Force. This week's MWC Offensive Player of the Week was quarterback Tim Jefferson of Air Force. The Defensive Player of the Week was Air Force linebacker Jordan Waiwaiole.
For McCoy this week's MWC Player of the Week honor was the second of his career. He also earned the honor once during his sophomore season of 2009.