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Bears invite former St. Xavier QB Coy to tryout at minicamp

Updated: May 30, 2013 3:22PM



Jimmy Coy was confident a NFL team would give him a shot. Saturday night, the former St. Xavier quarterback’s hopes became reality, and his opportunity will come with the hometown Bears to boot.

The Bears invited Coy to participate, on a tryout basis, in their rookie mini-camp, which will be held May 10 to 12 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. As of Sunday, Coy was believed to be the only quarterback set to attend the camp.

“It’s a dream come true to hear from my hometown team,” Coy said Sunday. “I grew up a Bears fan and I know a lot of guys from around here dream of having this kind of chance. It’s a great opportunity.”

Coy said he got a call from the Bears during the final round of the NFL Draft.

“I was just sitting around watching the draft and I got a call towards the middle of the seventh round,” he said. “I guess the Bears and my agent had been playing phone tag.

“I had a good idea that this could happen. I had a good talk with (Bears general manager) Phil Emery after a workout about a month ago. Until you actually hear it, though, you never know.”

Coy, a Park Ridge native who prepped at Maine South, was 25-2 as a starter in two years at St. Xavier and led the Cougars to their first NAIA national championship in 2011. He was named Outstanding Offensive Player in the team’s title game victory over Carroll College (Mont.).

Last season, he was named the NAIA National Player of the Year after guiding St. Xavier to the national semifinals.

He totaled 7,688 passing yards and threw for 77 touchdowns with the Cougars.

“Since the season ended with St. Xavier, I’ve been working really hard and have just been focused on getting better,” he said. “I was just looking for a chance and this is a great opportunity.”

It’s been a winding road to this point for Coy, who began his college career at El Camino Junior College (Calif.), where he played for two years.

He chose to move on to NCAA Division II Valdosta State (Ga.), but never played there before leaving for St. Xavier.

Coy is hoping his travels will help his professional aspirations.

“It’s been a heck of a journey,” he said. “I’ve been all over the place and it’s cool to get a chance close to home.

“I’ve learned four different offenses, including high school, in the last five or six years and that can only help. So much of making the team or not making the team comes down to how fast you can process information and learn the offense.”

Three college seniors who were high school standouts in the Southland signed as undrafted free agents.

Northwestern offensive tackle Patrick Ward (Providence), Illinois center Graham Pocic (Lemont) and Cincinnati defensive end Dan Giordano (Lincoln-Way East) were bypassed in the draft that ended Saturday but will have opportunities nonetheless.

Ward signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins, Pocic with the Houston Texans and Giordano with the Arizona Cardinals.

Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan (H-F) was picked by the Patriots in the seventh round.



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