Why Colt McCoy Is a Heisman Candidate

Erik BrewerContributor ISeptember 2, 2008

After a disappointing sophomore season, Colt McCoy, the starting quarterback at the University of Texas, made it his job to come back and have a stellar junior season.  McCoy spent the summer working out and focusing on the things that would help make his touchdowns go up and the interceptions go down.

After Saturday's performance against Florida Atlantic, some fans are starting to think all the summer work paid off.

McCoy was 24 for 29 with 222 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.  It didn't stop there though—he also ran for 102 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown, including his biggest run of the day of 25 yards.

McCoy most likely won't be considered a true Heisman candidate until after the Longhorns' Week Three showdown with the Arkansas Razorbacks in Austin.

Expect to see his stats get even better next week as the Longhorns face a UTEP team that lost to Buffalo on Saturday 42-17.  That game will be played in El Paso at the Sun Bowl.  It will be broadcast nationally at 9:15 CDT on ESPN 2.