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McCoy's 2008 Season to Date: Leads nation in scoring (tied, 10.50 points/game) and 10th-leading rusher (116.92 yards/game)...notched his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season...one of only three players in Pitt history to achieve multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Tony Dorsett, 1973-76; Curvin Richards, 1988-89)...in 12 games has 1,403 rush yards on 284 attempts (4.9 avg.) and 21 TDs...has 31 receptions for 299 yards (9.6 avg.)...first nationally among active career leaders in rushing yards/game (113.79 avg., 24 games) and second in career points/game (9.0 ppg., 36 TDs)...with 36 career touchdowns (35 rushing), McCoy eclipsed receiver Larry Fitzgerald's Pitt record for most TDs as a freshman and sophomore (Fitzgerald had 34 from 2002-03)...McCoy already holds the Pitt record for most rushing TDs as a freshman and sophomore (35), surpassing Tony Dorsett (24 from 1973-74)...semifinalist for Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award...McCoy has six 100-yard rushing games this year...most recent came vs. West Virginia when he had a career-high 183 yards on 33 carries (5.5 avg.) and scored two TDs in the final eight minutes to lead Pitt to a come-from-behind 19-15 victory...on the game-winning drive, McCoy accounted for 55 of the 59 yards covered...he capped the march with a one-yard plunge with 52 seconds left...just over seven minutes prior, McCoy had a five-yard scoring run to pull the Panthers to within 15-13...Big East Player of the Week for his WVU performance...at Notre Dame had 169 yards on 32 carries (5.3 avg.) with one TD...had 146 yards and career-high four TDs on 26 carries (5.6 avg.) vs. Rutgers...TDs covered 33 yards, 22, 1 and 1...rushed for 156 yards with three TDs on just 18 carries (8.7 avg.) at Navy...compiled 202 all-purpose yards in just three quarters of work vs. Navy, adding 46 receiving yards on two catches...facing a USF defense that had only been yielding 58 rushing yards per game, McCoy ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns to lead Pitt to a 26-21 upset of the No. 10 Bulls...averaged 5.1 yards on 28 carries...his TDs covered six and three yards, the latter providing the winning points with 4:43 left in the game...McCoy figured prominently in the winning drive - he set up his own winning TD run with a 19-yard burst through the USF defense to put Pitt at the Bulls 3...was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his USF performance...had 149 rushing yards vs. Syracuse on 28 carries (5.3 avg.)...had three rushing TDs vs. Buffalo...27-yard TD run in the fourth quarter provided winning points vs. Iowa. Career Highs: Rushing Yards: 183 vs. West Virginia (11/28/08); Rushing Attempts: 38 vs. West Virginia (12/1/07); Rushing TDs: 4 vs. Rutgers (10/25/08); Receptions: 6 three times, most recent: vs. Cincinnati (11/22/08); Receiving Yards: 83 vs. USF (11/24/07); Receiving TDs: 1 vs. Louisville (10/27/07)
More on McCoy: Enters his sophomore season holding status as one of college football's top running backs...was a dynamic freshman performer last year, displaying a lethal combination of speed, dazzling elusiveness and physicality...those traits helped him achieve the most prolific season by a Pitt freshman running back since the legendary Tony Dorsett...Dorsett himself said of McCoy, "This is the first player who has come along who truly reminds me of me."...McCoy eclipsed two of Dorsett's longstanding Pitt freshman marks, including rushing touchdowns and total points, and was personally presented with a commemorative football by the Hall of Famer and 1976 Heisman Trophy winner...McCoy additionally led all freshman running backs last season with an average of 110.67 yards per game...perhaps his finest moment came in Pitt's stunning 13-9 victory over rival West Virginia when he ran for 148 tough yards against a defense laser-focused to stop him...whether it was between the tackles or sweeping to the outside, McCoy helped the Panthers play keep-away from the dangerous WVU offense...earned a laundry list of postseason honors, including first team All-Big East, Big East Rookie of the Year and unanimous Freshman All-America status...will be a highly viable candidate for numerous national honors this year, including the Doak Walker Award, annually presented to the country's top running back.
2007: Was the country's top freshman rusher with an average of 110.67 yards per game and ranked 21st overall...set a Big East freshman record with 1,328 yards on 276 carries (4.81 avg.), surpassing Terrell Willis' (Rutgers) mark of 1,261 set in 1993...McCoy set Pitt freshman records for points (90) and rushing touchdowns (14), surpassing Tony Dorsett's 34-year-old marks (78 points, 13 rushing TDs in 1973)...had seven 100-yard rushing performances on the season, the most by a Pitt frosh since Tony Dorsett had 10 in 1973...keyed Pitt's upset at West Virginia by churning out 148 yards on 38 carries despite being the focus of the WVU defense...helped Pitt to a decisive advantage in time of possession at WVU (36:19 to 23:41)... was named Rivals' National Freshman of the Week for his West Virginia performance...had three rushing TDs vs. USF (two one-yard runs and a 12-yard run)...it was his third three-TD game of the year...also had a career-high 83 yards receiving on six catches (13.8 avg.)...his six receptions vs. USF tied a career high...rushed for 140 yards on 31 carries (4.5 avg.) and scored a one-yard TD for Pitt's go-ahead score early in the fourth period against Syracuse...named Big East Offensive Player of the Week for his Syracuse performance, the first Pitt freshman to earn the honor since receiver Larry Fitzgerald in 2002...at Louisville had game-high 120 yards on 26 carries (4.6 avg.) and a seven-yard TD...also had 60 yards receiving on three catches (20.0 avg.) and a TD reception vs. the Cardinals... TD catch covered 27 yards on a gadget-play pass from tight end Darrell Strong...had game-high 137 yards on 25 carries (5.5 avg.) against Cincinnati, which entered the contest as the Big East's top rushing defense (86.7 avg.)...had game-high 165 yards on 32 carries (5.2 avg.) and three TDs (2, 2 and 21 yards) vs. Navy...had team-high 86 yards on 19 carries (4.5 avg.) with a TD at Virginia... had game-high 70 yards on 11 carries (6.4 avg.) with a 19-yard TD vs. UConn...also threw an 18-yard completion (to TE Nate Byham) and had six catches for 16 yards vs. UConn...rushed for a career and game-high 172 yards on 25 carries against Michigan State - an average of nearly seven yards per attempt - and ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run...in the second half, much of McCoy's production was from the shotgun formation where he took direct snaps...it was his second consecutive 100-yard game, the first time that a Pitt frosh has had back-to-back 100-yard outings since Curtis Martin in 1991...McCoy's 172 yards marked the seventh best single-game rushing performance by a Pitt freshman...scored three rushing TDs in less than four-and-a-half minutes in the opening quarter to propel Pitt to a 21-0 lead and eventual 34-10 win over Grambling...McCoy finished with 107 yards on 19 carries (5.6 avg.)...his three rushing TDs were one shy of the Pitt freshman single-game mark set by Elliot Walker in 1974 (four vs. Temple)...McCoy scored on runs of 5, 7 and 13 yards within a 4:19 span in the first quarter vs. Grambling...in the opener rushed for a game-high 68 yards on 10 carries (6.8 avg.) vs. Eastern Michigan.
Prep School: Spent one year (2006-07) at Milford Academy (N.Y.)...rated the country's No. 2 prep school prospect by Scout and No. 10 by Rivals.com...averaged 7.1 yards per carry at Milford, gaining 547 yards on 77 attempts with four touchdowns...helped team to a 7-3 record against a schedule made up of collegiate competition...played under Milford coach Bill Chaplick.
High School: Enjoyed a heralded career at Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt High...one of the most prolific rushers in Pennsylvania history...entered his senior season on pace to break the state rushing record but suffered a compound ankle fracture (right) in the season's fourth game...in just three-plus games that year, rushed for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns on 83 carries (10.3 avg.)... finished his high school career as Pennsylvania's ninth all-time leading rusher with 6,640 yards and scored 75 TDs...twice named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...was AP Class AAAA Player of the Year as a junior...SuperPrep All-American...PrepStar "Dream Team"...named a U.S. Army All-American...rated the nation's No. 11 high school prospect by Tom Lemming...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic and the All-American Bowl, an all-star game featuring the nation's top 80 high school players at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas...ultimately did not participate in those games due to his recovery from injury...played under Bishop McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter.
Personal: LeSean Kamel McCoy, born 7/12/88, is the son of Ron and Daphne McCoy...has one brother, LeRon, who was a star receiver for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)...LeRon spent two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2005-06) and one year with the San Francisco 49ers (2007) before signing with the Houston Texans this year... enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
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