I was sitting at my computer the other night and decided to write a story about Colt McCoy and what he has meant to the place affectionately known as "The Forty Acres."
That's the University of Texas at Austin for you who didn’t know.
I had to chuckle. Like, really, who wouldn’t know that, right? Silly of me to think that...but I digress.
So, what did I do? I poured myself into researching all that was Colt McCoy’s legacy at Texas. And let me tell you, as you will see below, it is a lot of legacy, my friends.
I warn you, there is much to list. So grab a Dr. Pepper and some peanuts and pace yourself. The accomplishments will be listed from freshman to senior years.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2006)
McCoy started all 13 games, was a Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist, recognized as The Sporting News National Freshman of the Year, honored as the Touchdown Club of Columbus National Freshman of the Year, twice named the Cingular All-America Player of the Week, named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the conference's coaches, named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press, selected first-team Academic All-Big 12, named the George "Hook" McCullough Co-MVP along with Aaron Ross, tabbed the Darrell K. Royal Most Valuable Offensive Player, became the first freshman QB in UT history to win 10 games, earned second-team All-Big 12 honors and claimed Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP honors.
Phew. I ran out of breath. And we continue.
McCoy again started all 13 games, was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, named to the Big 12 Good Works team, tabbed the Longhorns' George "Hook" McCullough co-MVP and earned Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP honors.
And we continue.
McCoy again started all 13 games (starting to see a pattern here?), named Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, Chevrolet NCAA Offensive Player of the Year, Archie Griffin Award winner (Touchdown Club of Columbus) and Sporting News Co-Player of the Year.
He was also tabbed first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, SI.com and the WCFF, named second-team All-American by The Associated Press and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in one of the closest races ever, losing to Oklahoma's Sam Bradford by just 122 points (1,726 to 1,604).
Deep breath…was a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award and the Manning Award, named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald, and was a member of the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
McCoy surpassed the records of two other Longhorns legends—Major Applewhite as UT's all-time leader in passing yards, and Vince Young to become the UT record holder for total offense.
To top it all off, McCoy tallied career highs in completions (41), attempts (58) and passing yards (414) and was named Offensive MVP while leading Texas to a 24-21 victory over No. 10 Ohio State in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. He also posted two passing TDs and a rushing TD. The 41 completions and 58 attempts set school and BCS records, and the 414 passing yards ranked second in BCS history.
I swear, folks, we are nearly there. Patience, please.
McCoy started all 14 games at quarterback—including the 2010 BCS National Championship Game—was again named the 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, and winner of the 2009 Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the year), 2009 Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback) and the 2009 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation's top senior quarterback).
He was a unanimous first-team All-American selection, the 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and was also a finalist for the Manning Award (nation's top quarterback after the bowls), Campbell Trophy (formerly Draddy Trophy, which recognizes all-around excellence on the field, in the classroom and in society), the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and the 2009 Bobby Bowden Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award recipient.
Wait just a second! You mean to tell me that Tim Tebow didn’t win the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? How on earth did that happen?
McCoy completed 330-of-468 passes for 3,512 yards and 27 TDs, for a 147.5 passer rating, while rushing for another 348 yards and three TDs in 2009. His 70.5 percent completion percentage ranked third in the nation, and he became one of only three Longhorns to defeat Oklahoma three times.
In addition, against Texas A&M, McCoy became just the third player in NCAA history to pass for more than 300 yards and rush for over 150 in a game. He then led Texas to a 13-12 win over Nebraska in the 2009 Dr. Pepper Big XII Championship Game, earning the Longhorns a berth in the 2010 BCS Championship Game against Alabama.
If we are going by statistics, sorry ‘Bama fans, but Nebraska—not your beloved Crimson Tide—had the best defense Texas faced all season.
So, let’s look at some career numbers. Where does Colt McCoy rank, in terms of quarterback play? Not only against past QBs, but against certain other quarterbacks of his era, if you will?
McCoy is one of only five QBs in NCAA history to pass for at least 2,500 yards in all four seasons. He is the only QB in NCAA history to win at least 10 games all four years, while being the first Longhorn to ever pass for over 10,000 yards and eclipse the 14,000-yard mark for total offense.
His 14,824 yards from scrimmage are enough to rank fifth in history, and his 70.3 percent career completion percentage ranks third all-time. His 45-8 record makes him the winningest FBS quarterback in, yep, you guessed it, history.
Did you know also that, in winning the 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, McCoy became only the third two-time recipient of that award in history?
Oh yeah. Did I also mention that at the end of his senior season, McCoy earned the AT&T National Player of the Year Award, which is based solely on national fan voting? Uh, yeah.
You know, in doing my research for this article, I thought to myself, "what an amazing career this young man had."
In fact, other than losing the national championship game, there was nothing, and I mean nothing, this young man had not won.
This kid from Tuscola, Texas (for those who don’t know, head South out of Abilene on US 83 about 18-19 miles) who had come to Austin at 6’2”, 180 pounds had now garnered every single major college award one could think of while becoming a Legend of the Forty Acres.
Wait. That can’t be right. Can it?
Nope. Sure isn’t. I had forgotten. Sorry.
For one reason or another, McCoy’s resume will say everything it can possibly say, except of course, Colt McCoy, Heisman Trophy winner.
Sorry, Colt. You deserved better than highway robbery.
Perhaps you can call Vince. I hear he got ripped off, too.