Heisman Race: The Case For Colt McCoy
The 2009 college football season has been one of the strangest in recent memory. While we have not had as many huge upsets as the last few years, we have not seen a single team look dominant.
Florida should have lost a game at home to Arkansas. Tennessee would have knocked off Alabama if not for Mount Cody. The Texas Longhorns have not consistently looked like a team worthy of their No. 2 BCS ranking.
Tim Tebow, who before this season was being hailed as the best college football player ever, has not been great while dealing with a few little injuries. California running back Jahvid Best looked like a Heisman contender before being embarrassed in a home blowout loss. Sam Bradford never got a chance to repeat as Heisman winner because of an injury suffered in the season-opening loss against BYU.
Enter Colt McCoy.
McCoy was in the Heisman race in 2008, but had no chance of winning against the super seasons of Tebow and Bradford. When the quarterback trinity of Tebow, Bradford and McCoy all returned to their respective schools this season instead of heading to the NFL, McCoy was the only one returning to school without a Heisman.
The Heisman race in 2009 is wide open, and someone needs to make the Case for Colt. So here goes:
McCoy has completed an amazing 72 percent of his passes. In comparison, Tebow has only completed 64 percent, while Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, another candidate, has completed 66 percent.
McCoy has thrown 15 touchdowns so far in 2009. While not a huge number, the only Heisman hopeful he trails is Clausen (18). He is tied with Cincinnati's Tony Pike.
More than stats is the character that McCoy has shown.
Watching the Longhorns in 2009 has been frustrating at times for the fans in Austin. But in big moments, McCoy has come up huge. Big plays in games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma, and dominant performances against Missouri and Oklahoma State, have given fans more reasons to trust Colt.
But let's be honest. The only thing that matters in college football is winning.
While the Heisman is an award based on one season, you cannot help but look at the career of the young man from tiny Jim Ned High School in Texas. McCoy has won 38 games so far in his career, tied for the all-time record at Texas. Those 38 wins also put him in third place all-time in the entire FBS.
McCoy is a winner.
If the Longhorns can run the table and win the Big XII Championship Game, McCoy's career should and would be considered one of the greatest in Longhorns history, if not NCAA history.
There are only two things missing from McCoy's trophy case and resume. One is a national championship, which McCoy and the Longhorns are in the hunt for. The other is a Heisman Trophy.
Tebow has one. Bradford has one. McCoy deserves one.
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