This was supposed to be Zach McCoy’s big year.
The outside linebacker from Plentywood, Mont., had spent the past two seasons sticking his nose into each and every play he could. He was fifth on the team in tackles last season with 53 and so as a backup to NAIA All-America selection Bodie Tobin.
Unfortunately for McCoy, his season came to a screeching halt after getting five first-half tackles against Rocky last Saturday.
Early in the second half, he became the latest DSU player to suffer a concussion that could keep him off the field an extensive amount of time.
McCoy will sit out today’s game against Concordia and called his progress, “day-to-day.”
“I’ve still got a headache every morning when I wake up,” McCoy said.
He hopes to be ready to play when DSU plays Valley City State in its home opener Sept. 10.
He knows he can’t rush back on the field before he’s ready.
“But you also want to get out there and play,” McCoy said.
Last season, safety Trevor Willis got a concussion early on and came back, only to suffer another head injury and now his football career is over.
Sophomore Tyler Lalim, a projected starting defensive back coming into the season, hung up his cleats for good this week after suffering a concussion in preseason practices.
Coaches and players said Lalim, a Tioga High School graduate, had endured concussion problems throughout high school.