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    Through the Fire | The Coaching Career of Brice McCoy Jr.

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    Memphis hires former TCU player, coach Brice McCoy Jr. as their defensive coordinator
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    January 17, 2013



    MEMPHIS, TN. -- Brice McCoy Jr. has been named the defensive coordinator of the Memphis Tigers. The decision was announced during a press conference on Monday where he was introduced as the team’s defensive coordinator by second year head coach Justin Fuente.

    Fuente and McCoy worked together from 2007 until 2011 at TCU where Fuente was an offensive coordinator and McCoy served as the team’s linebacker’s coach.

    McCoy, 36, played safety at Dodge City Community College before transferring to TCU in 2002. He started at middle linebacker and was a team captain for head coach Gary Patterson, where he recorded a school record 189 tackles in 2003.

    McCoy spent the 2004 season with the team as a graduate assistant back at TCU after he was cut by the Carolina Panthers during training camp. McCoy then served as Director of Recruiting, helping the Frogs land talented players such as quarterback Andy Dalton and linebacker Daryl Washington. His role was expended to Director of Player Development before he took over as the team’s linebacker coach in 2008.

    Patterson had high praises for McCoy, saying that he one days hopes that he returns to TCU as the team’s head coach.

    “If they let me pick my next guy,” Patterson said on Tuesday, “It would have been him. He’s a hard worker, does anything you can ask of him and the players, he really connects with them. They look up to him as a big brother and the fact that he personally met with all of his linebackers and even some of the other players before even listening to any offer, that shows the king of guy he is.”

    Fuente stated in the introductory press conference that McCoy will handle play calling duties for the defense and will be “heavily” involved when it comes to recruiting.

    The Tigers went 3-9 last season in Fuente’s first season as the team’s head coach. The defense, under defensive coordinator Barry Odom, allowed over 28 points six times in the team’s twelve games.

    Odom returned to Missouri, where he played and previously served as the team’s safety coach before coming to Memphis, to serve as the team’s defensive coordinator.

    The Tigers ran a 3-4 defense under Odom but will likely switch over to a 4-2-5 defense under McCoy as McCoy played in the 4-2-5 and also coached it under Patterson.

    “It’s what I believe is the best defense for this era of college football,” McCoy said when asked about the 4-2-5 defense.

    McCoy will also coach the linebackers.


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    Name: Brice McCoy Jr.
    Date of Birth: February 13, 1981
    Place of Birth: Dodge City, KS
    Height: 5 ft 11 in
    Weight: 225lbs

    Playing Career
    Position: Linebacker/Safety
    -- Dodge City CC (2000-2001)
    -- TCU (2002-2003)
    -- Carolina Panthers (2004)

    Coaching Career
    TCU (Graduate Assistant): 2004
    TCU (Dir. of Recruiting): 2005
    TCU (Dir. of Player Development): 2006-2007
    TCU (LB): 2008-2012
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    Previewing the Defense and Recruiting
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    May 21, 2013

    2013 Memphis Tigers Defense Depth Chart - 2013
    Base 4-2-5 Defense
    STARTER2ND3RD4TH
    LDER. Hunter - 82 OvrL. Brady - 66 Ovr
    LDTT. Redden - 74 OvrD. Pennington - 64 Ovr
    RDTC. Rome - 70 OvrC. Crosby - 62 Ovr
    RDEM. Ifedi - 74 OvC. Jones - 70 Ovr
    SLBA. Brown - 79 OvrC. Harris - 74 OvrJ. Dillon - 72 OvrK. Golden - 70 Ovr
    WLBR. Coleman - 74 OvrT. Jakes - 72 OvrW. McManis - 68 Ovr
    CBA. Gaines - 74 OvrB. Hollier - 70 Ovr
    SSR. Ball - 68 Ovr
    FSL. Bellentine - 78 OvrD. Witty - 68 Ovr
    SSA. Watson - 78 OvrF. Etienne - 66 Ovr
    CBB. McCain - 74 OvrC. Morley - 66 Ovr


    2013 Schedule
    vs. Duke
    at Middle Tennessee State
    vs. Arkansas State
    vs. UCF
    vs. Houston
    at SMU
    at ECU
    vs. Cincinnati
    vs. Navy
    at Tulsa
    vs. Tulane
    at Temple


    Defensive Line
    ‣ Projected Starters: DE: Ricky Hunter (RS So) and Martin Ifedi (RS Jr); DT: Terry Redden (Jr) and Chase Rome (Jr)

    This is an inexperienced group up front that lacks an elite pass rusher and might have trouble getting pressure with four. Even though he's just a redshirt sophomore, Hunter has all the makings of a stud at six-foot-four and 290 pounds and could potentially move inside next season if we were able to land a couple quick edge rushers on the edge to replace him and kick him inside. Ifedi is a solid starter and the most athletic of the bunch while Redden and Rome should be stout against the run in the middle. Depth is not ideal and they could get worn out in this league with many no-huddle offenses.

    ‣ Recruiting Targets: DE Jason Godfrey (#29 DE | 6'3", 266lbs | West Gate, VA); DE Joey Jefferson (#84 DE | 6'4", 270lbs | White Bear Lake, MN); DT Robert Todd (#51 DT | 6'0", 289lbs | North Druid Hills, GA) | DT Stephen Penn (#127 DT | 6'0", 288lbs | Waveland, MS); DT Chris Austin (DT #50 | 6'5", 285lbs | Decatur, AL JUCO); OLB Mike Gates (OLB #63 | 6'2", 239lbs | East Point, GA)

    Likely only have one scholarship available on this class for one defensive end and one defensive tackle. The prized get would be outside linebacker Mike Gates, a three-star out of Georgia that at six-foot-two and 239 pounds, could easily move to defensive end.

    Linebackers
    ‣ Projected Starters: Anthony Brown (RS Sr) and Ryan Coleman (Jr)

    Brown and Coleman have a good mix of size and speed for their position as both are over six-foot-two and 235 pounds with both having 4.5, 4.6 speed. Junior Charles Harris (74 overall) also figures to get some playing time as well as true freshman Jackson Dillion (72 overall) although redshirting him might be an option at this point. This position is well off for at least the next two years with Harris ready to replace Brown next season.

    ‣ Recruiting Targets: ILB Carl Nunez (#46 LB | 6'1", 234lbs | Druid Hills, GA); ILB Bryant Pace (#17 LB | 6'1", 231lbs | Sandy Springs, GA)

    Need to continue aggressively attacking the state of Georgia and create that pipeline with Nunez and Pace. Likely only signing two linebackers and both are Memphis commits that we need to keep.

    Cornerbacks
    ‣ Projected Starters: Andrew Gaines (RS Jr) and Bobby McCain (Jr)

    Gaines and McCain are two physical corners that aren't afraid to get involved in stopping the run. Neither have the speed -- or skill -- to be left on an island but both are decent enough in zone coverage that they should have no issues with our base defense, which is cover 3. It remains to be seen how well they handle being tasked with covering deep down the field against some of the Florida schools and that speed they'll be presenting to us.

    ‣ Recruiting Targets: CB Adam Castillo (CB #28 | 5'10", 177lbs | Roma, TX); Cortez Hughes (CB #121 | 6'1", 178lbs | Columbus, IN); Frank Cox (CB #34 | 6'1", 168lbs | Sevierville, TN)

    Hughes, a JUCO kid, could potentially be a day one starter and help get our foot in the midwest as far as recruiting. Cox would be a huge get if we can get him to stay instate although he is currently an Iowa commit. Castillo is another nice get but will be a challenge.

    Safeties
    ‣ Projected Starters: WS: Reggis Ball (RS So); SS Anthony Watson (Sr); FS Lonnie Bellentine (Sr)

    Watson and Bellentine -- especially Bellentine -- are downfield guys that aren't afraid to get involved in the running game. Watson should have no issue being asked to cover man-to-man against tight ends or running backs, even some receivers. Ball is the current starter at weak safety although his starting position is not solidified by any means as he struggles in man-to-man coverage which limits our blitz packages.

    ‣ Recruiting Targets: S Andy Irvin (S #48 | 6'0", 201lbs | Cordele, GA)

    Not a lot of options right now at safety, at least not any that are both interested and fit our scheme. Will need to re-evaluate later in the recruiting cycle to see
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    Duke Blue Devils at Memphis Tigers
    Sep 7, 20131ST2ND3RD4THOTSCORE
    Duke Blue Devils (1-0)171470-38
    Memphis Tigers (0-0)0707-14
    Team Stats Comparison
    DUKEMEM
    Total Offense361284
    Rushing Yards15044
    Passing Yards211240
    First Downs1311
    Punt Return Yards213
    Kick Return Yards3778
    Total Yards419365
    Turnovers03
    3rd Down Conversion3/136/18
    4th Down Conversion-/-1/1
    2-Point Conversion-/--/-
    Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals3-01-0
    Penalties0 - 05 - 32
    Possession Time
    Scoring Summary
    FIRST QUARTER SCORINGDUKEMEM
    7:13(DUKE) D. Helton, fumbled recovery in endzone70
    2:57(DUKE) J. Crowder, 23 Yd pass from A. Boone140
    0:31(DUKE) R. Martin, 46 Yd FG170
    SECOND QUARTER SCORINGDUKEMEM
    6:45(MEM) M. Frazier, 25 Yd pass from P. Lynch177
    1:09(DUKE) A. Boone, 1 Yd run247
    0:03(DUKE) J. Duncan, 2 Yd run317
    THIRD QUARTER SCORINGDUKEMEM
    1:30(DUKE) J. Thompson, 0 Yd run387
    FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGDUKEMEM
    1:49(MEM) S. Craft, 4 Yd pass from P. Lynch3814
    Duke Blue Devils
    PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
    QB Anthony Boone (JR)17/2520410
    RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
    HB Juwan Thompson 11928.31
    Memphis Tigers
    DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
    CB Bobby McCain (JR)6000
    LB Anthony Brown (SR)5000
    DE Ricky Hunter (SO)2100






    Coaches Notes
    ‣ Players were in position but failed to make plays time and time again.
    ‣ Started the game down 7-0 following the fumble return touchdown and had the ball on our own side of the ball for first possession. Defense lost confident after going down 14-0 early, hard to grade performance due to those factors.
    ‣ Need to do a better job keeping my cool, threw my headset numerous times during the 14-point second quarter.
    ‣ McCain struggled in single coverage, defensive line failed to get pressure with four.
    ‣ Coverage issues are concern going against MTSU's spread offense next week


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    Memphis Tigers at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
    Sep 14, 20131ST2ND3RD4THOTSCORE
    Memphis Tigers (0-1)14300623
    Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-2)03014017
    Team Stats Comparison
    MEMMTU
    Total Offense155326
    Rushing Yards4251
    Passing Yards113275
    First Downs1016
    Punt Return Yards1643
    Kick Return Yards140
    Total Yards185369
    Turnovers26
    3rd Down Conversion4/142/14
    4th Down Conversion0/02/2
    2-Point Conversion-/--/-
    Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1-11-1
    Penalties5 - 397 - 49
    Possession Time
    Scoring Summary
    FIRST QUARTER SCORINGMEMMTU
    5:24(MEM) A. Watson, returned interception 17 Yds70
    4:43(MEM) A. Brown, returned fumble 47 Yds140
    SECOND QUARTER SCORINGMEMMTU
    1:51(MEM) T. Hornsey, 26 Yd FG170
    0:00(MTU) C. Clark, 28 Yd FG173
    FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGMEMMTU
    4:00(MTU) C. Collis, 45 Yd pass from L. Kilgore1710
    1:03(MTU) M. Henry, 7 Yd pass from L. Kilgore1717
    OVERTIME SCORINGMEMMTU
    --(MTU) M. Warford, 3 Yd run2617
    Memphis Tigers
    DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
    LB Ryan Coleman11000
    DE Ricky Hunter6200
    S Anthony Watson6011
    S Reggis Ball2010
    CB Andrew Gaines1010
    LB Anthony Brown4001
    Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
    PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
    Logan Kilgore29/4227523
    RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
    Jordan Parker11312.80
    RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
    Marcus Henry7446.21






    Coaches Notes
    ‣ Could not have gotten to a better start, scoring on defense twice in the first three possessions.
    ‣ Need more from the offense, spoke to coach Fuentes about it at halftime. Defense is gassed; need to work on conditioning.
    ‣ Blitz call late in fourth quarter allowed touchdown on fourth down. Went back to it next drive, forced an interception. Those pressure need to get home regularly.
    ‣ Great play by Gaines forcing fumble in overtime for the win, big time play.
    ‣ Watson and Brown played out of their minds after being challenge, McCain and Gaines too.


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