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J.D. McCoy is a quarterback for the Dillon Panthers who first appears in Season 3.
He joins the football team as a freshmen new from Dallas who is seen as the "second coming of Jason Street." As the season starts he is named Qb-2 behind senior Matt Saracen. He is backed by his extremely wealthy parents, especially his father, who is a new but powerful booster and hires a personal Qb coach for J.D. to train with.
JD's father, Joe McCoy, is very supportive of his son in the beginning of season 3. But as time progresses, he attempts to persuade, pressure, and eventually bribe Coach Taylor into letting his son play in games as QB1. Later in the season, Joe's eagerness and support turns out to be more than that of a typical parent's interest in seeing their children do well. Mr. McCoy is very controlling of JD's life and tries to restrict JD from being exposed to anything that he views as a distraction. He is not allowed to drink soda or alcohol, eat candy, or watch TV.
As Season 3 progresses, it becomes clear that JD is a better QB than Matt Saracen. He outplays him in practice and in a game at which they both alternated taking snaps. He replaces Matt in the middle of the Season. While Matt, who started for most of his Sophomore and all of his Junior year, is best at the I-Formation, JD is better at West Coast/Spread Formation which was the overall consensus for the formation that the panthers should use for the rest of the season.
Tim convinces JD to stop listening to everything his dad says. So he starts dating Madison Balman. Joe sees this as a distraction and blames JD's relationship for the reason he had a bad game. This leads Joe to physically assault JD outside a local restaurant that many players and coaches are at including Coach Taylor. The Taylors run out to stop the assault and are forced to call CPS.
JD feels betrayed by Coach for getting his dad in trouble. He becomes defiant of Coach Taylor. JD gets flustered easily and blames his teammates for a poor performance during the first half of the state championship game. Coach Taylor sees this and benches him due to his immaturity and lack of experience. Taylor starts Saracen for the 2nd half and Dillon nearly wins the game.
J.D. McCoy is portrayed by Jeremy Sumpter.
Season 4 Edit
JD has become a rather arrogant football player. He clearly shows an interest in Julie, telling Matt that it was too bad that he didn't go to Chicago because he wanted to get Julie. He stated that he was kidding, but at a party later, JD hits on Julie, and when Julie rebuffs, he picks her up to throw her in the pool. Matt shows up and gets in a fight with JD. JD tells Matt that he sucks, that Coach should have never taken him out, and that the only reason he played Saracen in the second half was because Coach felt sorry for him. When his friend and teammate Luke is transferred to East Dillon, JD and Co. still hang out with Luke, but Luke gets sick of JD's arrogance and starts calling him JD McDick. The last straw is when JD is firing paint guns at random things when he drives, Luke tells him to get out, and JD shoots him right in the chest. JD is named Co-player of the week along with Vince Howard , and gives the Peewee football players some tips. Vince says to Coach Taylor, "He's pretty arrogant, isn't he?" In the last game against East Dillon, they lose 25-24. This defeat crushes him, Joe, and Wade Aikmen so much they leave the next Season.