Mocs Walk-On RB Shaqualm McCoy Seeking Playing Time This Fall
Chattanooga-(WDEF) UTC has a number of players battling for playing time at running back this fall, including Shaqualm McCoy. The former Ridgeland stand-out is hoping to squeeze in a few carries this fall as a walk-on.
Shaqualm McCoy played one season of Division three football at LaGrange College, when he decided to leave.
"Well, I really got home sick. I missed my mom, my family, and stuff like that. So it was a perfect opportunity to come back home."
And when McCoy got home, he wanted to walk-on at UTC.
Said head coach Russ Huesman,"He just came in and said he wanted to try out for the team. So we let him come on out. That was about it. We didn’t know really where he was at the time. He came and approached us, and I’m glad he did."
McCoy says he started gaining confidence during his redshirt season last year.
"Last year I was on the scout team going against Davis Tull and Derrick Lott and great players like them. It really helped me out being able to pratice with them."
Then last spring when there were some injuries at running back, McCoy got a chance to shine.
Said Huesman,"Did a nice job in the spring. Got a lot of carries. Got a lot of opportunities, and he showed he could run the ball. Showed he could do some things."
Said running backs coach Shawn Bryson,"Shaqualm has big legs. He has got good feet. He’s just a big, thick running back."
McCoy is also big on academics.
He recently made the Dean’s List.
"My mom is a math teacher. She’s at Hixson High School. She’s always on the academic side of things, so I have to do my work. I make sure of that."
Said Huesman,"I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for anybody that walks on and does this. It’s not easy. They’re doing it because they love the game, and it makes you feel good."