Josh Heupel addresses the addition of transfer receiver Bru McCoy

Wide receiver Bru McCoy plans to be back on the football field this fall. After six games at USC as a freshman, McCoy missed the entire 2021 season due to legal issues. The suspension led to an eventual lawsuit that McCoy filed against the Trojans. He transferred to Tennessee this offseason and plans to play a role with the exhausted volunteer receiving corps. Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel thinks McCoy could play a major role for his team this season.

Heupel spoke about McCoy during his appearance at SEC Media Days this week. He says the former five-star receiver has been on track since he started working with the team this summer.

“He is a young man that we are delighted to have in our program. He has behaved with such poise, grace and a great competitive nature since he entered our program. (He) got into his work habits the right way and was very consistent, Heupel said. “Extremely physically gifted, tall, strong, ability to make competitive perimeter catches. His best football is still far ahead of him and I say that in a positive way.

McCoy was the No. 2 receiver and No. 19 player overall in the 2019 class according to On3’s Consensus Top Football Recruits. He played the only season with USC where he had 21 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

USC suspended McCoy ahead of the 2021 season after he was arrested and charged over an abusive situation with his partner that summer. His lawsuit later said the university had no right to suspend him indefinitely due to the evidence in the case. Either way, that was the end of his Trojan career.

McCoy still has a knack for making an impact when you’re focused on the field, especially in an offense like Tennessee’s. Josh Heupel says he has some catching up to do, though, because he still has a lot to learn on the Tennessee offense.

“I’m really excited to put him on the pitch here as we start training camp. He’s a guy who didn’t have a spring ball and just fit into what we do offensively,” Heupel said. “With some of the transfers we had a year ago in attack, there is a growth process to understand how we play. He has to soak up those things and be able to handle the tempo especially in a really positive way here as soon as we start.

McCoy will fit in alongside Cedric Tillman as one of the best wide receiver weapons for Hendon Hooker. After losing Velus Jones Jr. and JaVonta Payton, Josh Heupel and the Vols could use a player of McCoy’s caliber on the outside. If he can put the troubles behind him, this new opportunity in the SEC could be the fresh start he needs.