Every Texas fan remembers quarterback Colt McCoy. How could you not remember the all-time winningest quarterback in college football history? How he led the Longhorns to the national championship game, and how a national championship was within their grasp, until McCoy was injured on the opening drive. McCoy came through in the clutch time and time again, in a way that would have made his predecessor Vince Young proud.
His partner in crime, Jordan Shipley, attended Texas for what seemed like 25 years (in reality it was only six). The most sure pair of hands I have ever seen in college football, Shipley is the Longhorn's all-time leader in receiving yards. Time and time again Shipley pulled in passes from McCoy, and the Longhorns kept winning.
McCoy to Shipley, perhaps the most deadly combination of quarterback and wide receiver in Texas football history. Two seemingly irreplaceable players that Texas could not afford to lose.
The dynamic duo, however, had to graduate. In 2010, the Longhorns turned to successor Garrett Gilbert, the next Colt McCoy who was supposed to lead the Horns back to the national championship. Not so fast; Gilbert was a train wreck in 2010, leading the Longhorns to a 5-7 record, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, and having many fans call for his head.
In 2011, after one of the worst seasons in history, the Longhorns decided to turn to quarterback Garrett Gilbert to lead them to redemption. Wait, we didn't learn last year? After a sub-par game against powerhouse Rice, and an awful quarter and a half against BYU (in which my junior high school sister could have played better) Mack Brown finally turned to a new successor.
In the stands at Darryl K. Royal memorial stadium on Saturday, I heard a familiar phrase come over the loudspeakers early in the second half. "McCoy to Shipley on the completion..."
McCoy to Shipley? Colt and Jordan are in the NFL now.
The new culprits are their younger brothers. Sophomore Case McCoy and Freshman Jaxon Shipley are picking up where their brothers left off. Is Case showing the same signs of leadership and on-field success as his brother Colt?
Jaxon Shipley seems to think so. "When Case came in, he played a real leadership role for us," Shipley said. "He immediately came into the huddle and was pumping us up and telling us to trust him, and that he was going to lead us down and deliver a victory. I think there was just a lot of energy he brought in."
Coach Mack Brown said that for now, McCoy and Ash will share time under center, although McCoy figures to get the majority of the snaps.
Malcom Brown, the highly recruited freshman running back, also has been moved up to No. 1 on the depth chart.
Are McCoy and Shipley going to be as good as their brothers and put up record numbers? Probably not.
Will they be able to lead the Longhorns to a BCS bowl in their time at Texas? I'd count on it.
A new era has begun at Texas, and it will begin on Saturday.
Get used to hearing this again:"McCoy to Shipley on the completion..."
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Paul Ferguson was an intern at Bleacher Report.
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