Cody McCarthy: 'It's A Real Honor'

Cody McCarthy: 'It's A Real Honor'

Bishop Kelly ATH Cody McCarthy (Boise, ID) has received numerous awards over his HS career, but perhaps none bigger than the honor he received on Thursday as he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Idaho. He played on both sides of the ball for the Knights and helped lead his team to a state championship. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his senior season.

Bishop Kelly ATH Cody McCarthy (Boise, ID) has received numerous awards over his HS career, but perhaps none bigger than the honor he received on Thursday as he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Idaho. He played on both sides of the ball for the Knights and helped lead his team to a state championship. "It's a real honor," he said. "It's a very prestigious award and I'm blessed to receive it. Overall, I'm just glad we won a state championship. The team did well and that's the most important thing," he added.

Bishop Kelly finished the 2010 season with a 12-0 record and defeated Blackfoot in the state championship game. Oddly enough, a year ago the tables were turned as Blackfoot defeated Bishop Kelly and eventually captured a state championship of their own. The way the Knights battled through adversity this season is what stands out most to the talented ATH. "We dealt with adversity in each game," he stated. "Someone was always hurt, teammates were fighting, someone couldn't play, and the list goes on. The way we adjusted and played to our abilities was unbelievable. We were a real physical team on offense and defense."

McCarthy shined on both offense and defense for the Knights. On defense, he racked up 177 tackles, 10 sacks, 4 INTs, and 9 forced fumbles. On offense, he rushed for 603 yards and 7 TDs. He also showed his versatility in terms of being a pass-catching FB with 11 receptions for 172 yards and 3 TDs.

"I thought I played well. There's always things you can improve on, but I think I did pretty well," McCarthy said. "Football teaches you how to battle and adapt. That's how it is in life too. I want to play my best when the game is on the line."

Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin is intrigued by the idea of having McCarthy as a FB. So much so that he offered Cody an 'invited walk-on' position (at FB) and the opportunity to earn a scholarship. "Boise State is still recruiting me. They want me to walk-on and play FB," he said. "They want me to work hard and possibly take Dan Paul's spot when he leaves. It's an honor for them to even ask me to walk-on and an honor to be recruited by them."

McCarthy (6'1, 228, 4.6) isn't afraid of contact. In fact, he actually enjoys that aspect of the game. "Certain kids will shy away from contact. I just go out there and play," he said. "I catch the ball well out of the backfield, I'm pretty mobile, and I take good angles. I just do what I can to help my team."

Does McCarthy have a preference in terms of which position he'd like to play on the college level? "I don't have a favorite. I just like playing a position where I can help the team," he said. "The goal is to win football games and I like doing that. I'll play wherever they need me," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Cody McCarthy.

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