Texas Football: Longhorns are Dark Horse in Big 12 with McCoy under Center

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIISeptember 23, 2011

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 10:  Backup quarterback Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns scrambles against the BYU Cougars on September 10, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas defeated BYU 17-16.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
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Last season, the Texas Longhorns completely fell off the map in the college football world.

Just a year earlier, the team went 13-0 with Colt McCoy under center.

The only loss the Longhorns suffered in 2009 was in the BCS National Championship Game, where McCoy left with an injury.

McCoy ended his career as one of the best players in the history of the University of Texas.

Garrett Gilbert stepped into the position following that year, and things fell apart. The Longhorns finished last season with a 5-7 record, including a 2-6 performance in the Big 12.

The Longhorns are off to a better start this season. A 34-7 Week 1 victory over Rice was a solid kickoff to the year.

The following week, the Longhorns struggled early against BYU. After Gilbert threw for two interceptions and completed just two of his eight pass attempts in the first half, he was benched.

A different McCoy finished the game out for Texas. Sophomore Case McCoy, Colt's younger brother, closed out a 17-16 victory in the second half.

It now appears that Gilbert's career in Texas could be over. Gilbert just had season-ending shoulder surgery, and McCoy looks to seal the spot as a starter for next year.

If this is the end of Gilbert's time as a starter, he will have finished it completing just 56.6 percent of his passes. He threw for 13 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

How has McCoy looked after just a week and a half under center?

McCoy has completed 76.0 percent of his passes along with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Longhorns also trumped UCLA 49-20 with him under center. Last year, the team lost 34-12 to UCLA with Gilbert at quarterback.

It seems that Texas may have found their quarterback.

They are also off the radar and off the minds of many across the nation. The team is currently sitting at a 3-0 record with one of the better offenses and defenses in the country.

The Longhorns have a great running attack between Malcolm Brown and Foswhitt Whittaker. They are averaging 226 rushing yards per game.

With McCoy the team seems to have a talented player at quarterback.

The Longhorns defense has also only allowed 15.0 points per game through three weeks.

After last week's win, Texas shot up the rankings to No.19 in the country. Still, they are going unnoticed.

Maybe they can get everyone's attention on October 8th when they play the No.1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.