Two student-athletes have international background
Images from the second scrimmage of fall drills for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboys, Aug. 17.
Images from the first scrimmage of fall drills for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboy Football team, Aug. 13.
UW This Season: A four-year starter with 35 consecutive starts under his belt, Austin McCoy has been a steadfast performer for the Cowboy program during his career. He's earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors the past two seasons by regularly ranking among the best in the nation in punting average and should be one of the Mountain West's and nation's best as a senior this fall. 2010: McCoy earned his second consecutive Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference accolade by ranking third in the league and No. 32 in the country with a 42.8 yard-per-punt average. He punted 68 times during the season for 2,911 yards and placed 17 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line with just eight touchbacks. He booted 18 kicks more than 50 yards and forced 12 fair catches. McCoy's most valuable performance of the season came at Toledo when he earned MWC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He punted eight times versus Toledo, forced two fair catches and placed two punts inside Toledo's 20-yard line. His biggest play of the day was a fake punt, which resulted in him completing a 34-yard pass to senior cornerback Marcell Gipson. That play later led to the Cowboys scoring what proved to be the game-winning field goal on that drive. At TCU, McCoy averaged 46.4 yards per punt on eight punts, forced two fair catches, placed three punts inside the 20-yard line and had three punts of over 50 yards. His top average of the season was against Boise State when he averaged 53.4 yards on seven kicks, including a career-long 74-yard boot.
2009: McCoy earned Honorable Mention All-MWC honors for the first time in his career. He averaged 43.3 yards per punt his sophomore season to rank No. 3 in the MWC and No. 20 in the nation. That was over five yards more than his freshman punting average of 37.9 yards. He also helped the Cowboys rank No. 2 in the MWC and No. 15 nationally in net punting (38.2 yards per punt), and he contributed to Wyoming ranking No. 2 in the conference and No. 19 in the country in punt coverage, allowing opponents on average only 5.6 yards per punt return. He was named the Gen. Pete Schoomaker Special Forces Co-Player of the Year at the Cowboys' year-end awards banquet, sharing the award with freshman defensive back Luke Ruff. McCoy helped keep UW in games throughout the 2009 season with the way he affected field position. He placed 29 of his 80 punts (36.3 percent) inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He forced opponents into 13 fair catches, recorded 17 punts of 50 yards or more and did not have a single punt blocked. His longest punt was a 72-yarder against TCU. McCoy was named as the MWC Special Teams Player of the Week against Weber State. He averaged a season-high 53.2 yards per punt versus UNLV, including four punts of over 50 yards and one punt placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He punted 11 times versus Texas for a 42.9-yard average, and he placed five punts inside the Texas 20-yard line. Versus San Diego State, he punted only three times, but he placed all three inside the Aztec 20-yard line and averaged 44.7 yards per punt.
2008: McCoy averaged 37.9 yards per punt on 69 punts as a true freshman. He placed 13 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line, and forced opponents to fair catch 19 punts. McCoy had six punts of more than 50 yards, with a season long 68-yarder. He had his best day of the season in the final game of the year, averaging 54.0 yards per punt on four punts versus Colorado State. He also averaged 42.7 yards per punt on nine punts at BYU and 41.8 yards per punt on eight punts versus Utah, including his season long of 68 yards. High School: He was the leading punter in his county as a junior and senior, carrying respective averages of 41.6 and 43.7 yards per punt. As a senior, he also excelled as a place-kicker and converted five of six field goals and 35/36 PATs. He earned All-County honors as both a punter and place-kicker. He was also the Winter Haven High School special teams MVP as both a junior and senior. His high school coach was Charlie Tate. McCoy is also a very accomplished race car driver. In 2006, he was an Eastern Regional Champion in shifter cart racing and also won the 2006 USA Road America shifter cart national championship race. He has raced in many prestigious raceways including Daytona, Seabring and Homestead-Miami Raceway. He was also recruited by Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky.
Personal: Born Dec. 18, 1989, McCoy is the son of Dawn and Eric McCoy. He is majoring in communications.