#CFCOPC PLAYERS TO WATCH: Team Central Freshman RB McKoy has aspirations second time around

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com Ontario Prospect Challenge on the April 29th weekend at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams and players participating in the big event.

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Avontae McKoy is always believes in himself and his teammates, and plays hard right until the end, no matter the score.

“The attribute I feel like I bring to the game is leadership and perseverance. Perseverance is key in football and in other sports. You have to believe in yourself and in your teammates to be successful and never give up, even if we are loosing the game,” he said. “I always step into the role of being a leader because I help out my team and step up in the big moments.”

The Brampton Bulldogs running back loves the work that goes into playing the position at a high level.

I play running back because it is one of the main workhorses in the offence,” stated McKoy. “And I want to follow in my brother’s footsteps. He taught me so much about the position.”

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McKoy’s football idol is someone very close to him who has gone on to play collegiately South of the border.

“My football idol is my older brother Akeel Lynch who plays [NCAA Division 1] football for Penn State University,” expressed the Team Central Freshman. “I look up to him because he shows that Canadians can go play D1 sports, and Akeel has had a big impact on my life and my football career.”

On April 30, McKoy will add another milestone to his gridiron career when he partakes in the 2016 Ontario Prospect Challenge from Tim Horton’s Field, home of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“A coach introduced me to the OPC,” he recalled. “I think the process has been great because I get to meet and play against other talented football players, and kids I used to play against become my teammates.”

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“I’m looking forward to winning MVP of the game, and for all the scouts that will be at the game.”

McKoy is an OVFL All-Star, has won a high school city championship and MVP awards for the Brampton Bulldogs in both their summer and fall seasons, and on top of that, is a soon-to-be-two-time OPC participant.

Needless to say, he has played in his fair share of big games in his young career.

“My brother has helped me get used to the pressure of playing on big stages, and this is also my second time playing for [Team] Central so I’ve gotten used to the pressure,” he said of being in the limelight of the OPC.

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