Moultrie Observer

Local Sports

January 1, 2013

McCoy was under-sized, but with big desire

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame lost two of its members over the final five weeks of 2012 and they shared a unique bond.

Longtime Packer line coach Tom White died on November 26 at age 87 after a long illness.

On Sunday, Buddy McCoy died at age 68. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church.

White became a football legend in Colquitt County, primarily on the strength of his ability to develop offensive linemen, many of whom were considered under-sized.

And McCoy was one of the best of that group.

After an outstanding career with the Moultrie Packers that concluded with an All-State selection in 1961, he went on to start for three seasons at Georgia Tech, two years at defensive tackle and his final year at left guard.

At 163 pounds, he was another in a long line of smallish guards developed by Tom White.

McCoy gave the credit for being ready to play college football to his high school line coach.

“The blocking techniques he taught me, I carried to Tech,” McCoy said. “My pulling guard technique had been perfected by Tom White.”

McCoy started his junior and senior seasons at Moultrie High and was named All-State in 1961, a season that saw the Packers go 7-2-1.

After the season, he took a recruiting visit to Auburn, where coach Shug Jordan told him he was not big enough for college football.

But Jordan had not counted on McCoy’s desire.

Georgia Tech recruiter Dynamite Goodloe saw McCoy play in the Packers 1962 spring “has-been, will-be game” at Mack Tharpe Stadium, and offered him the Yellow Jackets final scholarship.

McCoy, who had built himself up to 198 pounds, started the 1964 season as a third-string defensive tackle, but several injuries led to him to a starting assignment against Tulane, the first of his three starts that season.

The next year, he was a full-time starter at defensive tackle on the Georgia Tech team that went 7-3-1, including a 31-21 victory over Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl. Despite playing with a broken hand, he recovered a key fumble in the Gator Bowl victory.

As a senior in 1966, McCoy moved to offense and started at left guard on coach Bobby Dodd’s final Georgia Tech team.

The Yellow Jackets won their first nine games and were ranked No. 5 in the country when they lost Georgia 23-14. They went to the Orange Bowl that season, but fell to the Steve Spurrier-led Florida Gators 27-12.

After graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in civil engineering, McCoy worked for a year with a firm in Atlanta, then moved to Albany, where he served as the city engineer from 170-1975. He formed McCoy Engineering in 1977.

While living in Albany, he coached recreation football for a number of years.

McCoy also was a real estate agent for a number of years and after moving back to Moultrie joined sister Patsy Browning and brother-in-law Bobby Browning at Browning Brass Key Realty.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • ROMA SCHWARTZ.jpg State swim meet medalist

    Roma Schwartz of the Moultrie Sharks Swim Team displays the sixth-place medal she won in the 7-8 girls backstroke event at last weekend’s GRPA Class B/C state swim meet held in Tifton.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25.TAYLOR OWENS.jpg Pollard selected for Elite Junior Classic

    Colquitt County wide receiver Kiel Pollard has been selected to play for the South team in the second Elite Junior Classic, scheduled for Dec. 29.
     

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colquitt now seeking two tennis coaches

    Colquitt County athletic director Kevin Giddens now has the unenviable task of trying to find two varsity tennis coaches following the resignation of Chris Naquin.
     

    July 19, 2014

  • Kaitlyn Mitchell wins gold, silver medals at state swim meet

     Kaitlyn Mitchell of the Moultrie Sharks Swim Team won gold and silver medals in the GRPA State Class B/C Swim Meet held Friday and Saturday at the Baldwin Drive Aquatic Center in Tifton.

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-18.SOFTBALL.jpg Four Lady Packers compete in Elite 80

     Four members of Colquitt County’s softball team played in the Georgia Dugout Club’s Elite 80 event held Wednesday at the Woodstock’s Twin Creeks Softball Complex.
     

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-18.ASHTON OWENS.jpg Colquitt players win 11 state tennis championships

    Colquitt County players won 11 state championships and took seven runner-up finishes at the GRPA state tennis tournament for youth that was completed on Wednesday.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-17.KEVIN JOHNSON.jpg GRPA state tennis tournament

    Kevin Johnson serves during his match in the this week’s GRPA state tennis tournament. Because of Tuesday’s rain, matches were held at Packer Park and at the Lynda Moseley Tennis Complex. Matches were not completed until late on Wednesday. See Friday’s paper for complete results.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • TY JONES.jpg Colquitt County, Coffee hold OTAs at high school

    Sophomore Ty Jones carries the football during a drill on Wednesday at the high school. The Packers are involved in organized team activities (OTAs) with the visiting Coffee High team. The OTAs will continue all day today and Friday morning.The Packers and Trojans will meet in the scrimmage game on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Jardine Stadium in Douglas.
     

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-17.ELLA ROBERTS1.jpg GRPA state tennis tournament

    Ella Roberts returns a shot on Wednesday during the GRPA state tennis tournament at Packer Park.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • BONNER AND CALHOUN.jpg Colquitt County, Coffee hold OTAs at high school

    New Colquitt County High quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Sean Calhoun talks with tight end Shaun Bonner (3) during the organized team activities (OTAs) session with Coffee High School on Wednesday at the high school. Colquitt County and Coffee will practice again all day today and also on Friday morning. The Packers and Trojans will hook up again on Thursday, August 14, when they play in the pre-season scrimmage at Jardine Stadium in Douglas.
     

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More
weatherradar
Seasonal Content
Poll

Should the U.S. negotiate with groups it considers terrorists?

No. Never.
Generally no, but prisoner exchanges are an exception.
Negotiation will be required to end the conflicts we have with those groups.
     View Results