Road to the NFL Draft: Dexter McCoil
April 26, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Within two weeks, both of Dexter McCoil's childhood dreams have a chance to become a reality - to graduate college and to make it to the National Football League. Both of his dreams are still intact as McCoil will graduate next month with a degree in exercise and sports science and, based on multiple projections, will hear his name called during this weekend's NFL Draft.
Coming to Tulsa in 2009 as a lanky, 6'4 170-pound defensive back, McCoil knew the one thing he needed to do was put more mass on his under-sized frame. "It was one thing I needed to do to help me become a better player on the field," said McCoil. "It was a long journey, a long grind, but the hard work has paid off."
After four seasons as a Golden Hurricane, McCoil leaves Tulsa as the program's all-time interception record holder and one of the nation's top safeties. By the way, he now weighs in at a muscular 230 pounds. "It was a dedication to put weight on...if you work hard, the outcome will show." As part of that dedication and preparation, McCoil works out twice a day in between his internship with the TU Performance Center. "I've really taken to heart the advice given by my coaches and strength staff, to become the best person I can be. Not only on the football field but off it as well. I was always confident that if I worked hard enough the NFL might be a possibility and the staff here has really prepared me to be a great player and play at my highest potential."
On Thursday morning, he drove back to his hometown of Lutcher, Louisiana to spend this special weekend with his family. "My family means everything to me. They're my number one inspiration, number one fans, and my biggest critics. They have always been there for me and I constantly strive to make them proud," McCoil said. "Hopefully after this weekend I will be able to give them another reason to smile."
Back in Tulsa, his larger TU family will be paying close attention to the draft coverage, hoping to hear one of their own have his name called. "I know our donors, fans and administration have invested a lot into this program, and I appreciated the opportunity to represent them each and every Saturday. With their impact and support of our program, they made Tulsa better for me," said McCoil. "Our fans have been so critical to Tulsa's success, and I can't thank them enough for everything they have done for me during my time here."
McCoil's career wearing a Tulsa uniform has been filled with a string of memorable moments, both individually and as a team. Bowl victories, a conference championship, and beating Notre Dame in South Bend are some great memories to name just a few. Tulsa will always be a special place to McCoil as he will miss many things about TU, most notably his teammates. "I will miss my teammates a lot. We're like family."
After this weekend, McCoil hopes to add another milestone to his impressive resume by becoming a professional football player. "My confidence within myself and knowing that if I worked hard... pushed me to this position today."
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