It was a season opener, but it was anything but ordinary, and Chosen 25 athlete Bru McCoy showcased all the ways he’s much more than an ordinary prospect, too.
McCoy, the No. 14 overall recruit in the country in USA TODAY’s Chosen 25 rankings, showcased his talent as both a disruptive linebacker and hard to cover wide receiver. He is 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds with top-level speed and athleticism, even for an NCAA power.
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With McCoy’s defending national champion Mater Dei — currently ranked No. 3 in the Super 25 — visiting traditional Nevada power Bishop Gorman (No. 11), McCoy had a nationally televised platform on which to excel. He didn’t disappoint, creating havoc defensively and adding a decisive fourth touchdown which essentially put a dagger in Bishop Gorman in the second half.
The loss was a disappointing start to the season for Bishop Gorman, which captured three consecutive USA TODAY Super 25 national titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before giving way to Mater Dei last year. The 42-0 loss was the first shutout the Gaels have suffered in 12 years.
The nature of Mater Dei’s victory is sure to court controversy, as the Monarchs forfeited their Week 1 win for the use of an ineligible player. That would seem to be justification for dropping them down the Super 25 … but how do you drop a team that just beat the No. 11 squad 42-0 for the first shutout of the Gaels in more than a decade?
Add in a player like McCoy, and there will be plenty of reasons to watch Mater Dei regardless of ranking.