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Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy has lost nearly 20 pounds, looking forward to upcoming NFL season

The former Southeast and Oklahoma star and current defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is always happy to be home. McCoy was happy to be back home, both for the 37th Annual March of Dimes Mercy Sports Headliner Banquet on Thursday and for his upcoming wedding.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 20, 2013
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photo - Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives an interview during the March of Dimes Sports Headliner Awards Banquet at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives an interview during the March of Dimes Sports Headliner Awards Banquet at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

McCoy is looking forward to a second year under head coach Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan.

“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.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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