“We have all the pieces to be a great defense but it's up to us to put it together,” McCoy said. “It's not going to be easy but we're ready for the challenge.
“I just want to build off last year. I don't want to remain standing. I want to keep moving forward, whether it's baby steps of whatever, just keep moving forward and getting better, be the ultimate professional and being more prepared than the next man.”
The transition for the Bucs last year is much like the transition Oklahoma's defense made a year ago when Mike Stoops came back into the coaching fold as the defensive coordinator, McCoy said.
“There's a different crop of guys from the ones he had the first time around,” McCoy said. “He had a chance to develop those guys. You give these guys another year under his belt, they're going to be good.”
McCoy doesn't think it'll be long until the Sooners are back to where they were when he played, regularly making BCS bowls.
“OU's always going to find a way to bounce back,” He said. “I'm always — always — going to bet on them getting the program to where it needs to be so I'm not worried about it.”