Bobby Coy set records and received awards at Mesa State

BOBBY COY and TEAMMATE Jared Keating both were recently selected to two All-America lists.

No one was surprised when Bobby Coy set records and received awards during the 2008 Mesa State College football season.

The fact that the junior from Littleton decided to finish school and not return next year, though, caught people by surprise. Coy’s career was voted The Daily Sentinel’s No. 4 sports story of the year.

“Bobby is an outstanding citizen and football player,” Mesa State coach Joe Ramunno said.

“He is someone we will truly miss. Everything he does brings class.”

Coy decided to go out with the recruiting class he came in with after taking a long, hard look at it.

“I took the entire season thinking, ‘should I come back or should I not?’ ” Coy told The Daily Sentinel. “I talked to my parents and my girlfriend nonstop. They said it sounded like it was time to move on. I’ll look back on Mesa football and all the great things it provided for me. I can’t express my gratitude enough. I’m happy with (the decision).”

Since he made that decision, he heard from several people.

“People have commented to me (about) it,” he said. “A lot have honored my decision and said it was a very professional, mature decision.”

The running back, who will graduate in May, accomplished a lot in his three seasons, especially his last.

He shattered the Mesa State single-season rushing mark with 1,600 yards this past season, received Daktronics All-America honors and was nominated for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the best player in NCAA Division II football.

When Mesa was able to establish the run with Coy, the Mavericks (6-5) were usually able to win.

“Bobby stayed healthy for the most part,” Ramunno said. “If he’s on, he gave us a great chance to win. Offensively, he brought so much to the table.”

Coy is tied for the most career rushing yards with Michael Vaughn at 4,161 yards despite missing 12 games in four years, including a medical redshirt season, with injuries.


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