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Family is why Ricky McCoy is at Fresno State – and why he believes Bulldogs are having success

Fresno State defensive line coach Will Plemmons is encouraged about Ricky McCoy

Fresno State senior defensive lineman Ricky McCoy enters his final season after transferring from Washington early 2018.
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Fresno State senior defensive lineman Ricky McCoy enters his final season after transferring from Washington early 2018.

Family means a lot to Ricky McCoy, on and off the football field.

It’s why the former Roosevelt High standout is lining up for Fresno State on the defensive line.

And, he said, it’s why the Bulldogs are succeeding of late — two straight 10-plus-win seasons, two straight bowl victories and a prediction to repeat as a Mountain West division winner in 2019.

McCoy spent three seasons at the the University of Washington, redshirting in 2015, but said he came home because his mother, Catherine Ramirez, was seriously ill.

“Me being a family-oriented guy, being far away it kind of had taken a toll on my play,” McCoy said. “I’m constantly worried about what’s going on back home. I decided to come back and play right here close to home and for my mom.”

McCoy didn’t disclose his mom’s illness, but said, “She’s doing good and she’s strong.”

McCoy said the possibility of sitting out the 2018 season because of his transfer didn’t matter to him. He just wanted to be home and help his mom with her illness.

But he was granted eligibility and appeared in 13 of 14 games, finishing with 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack.

With a season with the Bulldogs under his belt, the 6-foot-2, 303-pounder said he’s confident about his ability to contribute more in his senior season. He’s working extra at it; for example, he stayed behind after Saturday’s practice for a solo drill.

And he knows where to find strength.

“I’m about family,” he said. “I love my family and being around my family. I have a girlfriend who I’ve been with for six years. I love her to death and being around her, and I got me a little puppy. I’m just family-oriented.”

McCoy added, “that’s why me and the rest of my D-line guys and other position groups ... we mesh real good. We like being around each other. Football is like a family feel.”

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.