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New role for McCoy

Jerod Mayo's decision to bypass his senior year of Tennessee football had tremendous impact on his bank book. As the No. 10 pick in the recent NFL Draft, he's now a multi-millionaire.

Mayo's decision will have tremendous impact on Rico McCoy, too. With Mayo and senior Ryan Karl gone, McCoy now looms as the main man of Tennessee's linebacker corps. McCoy, a junior whose 106 tackles ranked second only to Mayo's 140 in 2007, believes he's ready to accept the challenge of being the leader of the front seven. "It's a role I think I had to take," he says. "I'm a good football player...

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