August 28, 2006

McCoy's the new BMOC

Redshirt freshman Colt McCoy was named the starter at quarterback for the second-ranked Texas Longhorns heading into Saturday's season opener against North Texas. For many, the news of McCoy's rise to the top of the depth chart is a surprise, but it's certainly not to McCoy. Here's a look at his Q&A session with the media moments after the news broke.

Q: What did you do on you final weekend before the start of the season?

A: I went home, relaxed and hung out with my mom and dad on Saturday. I came back here on Sunday ready to go. I watched a little bit of North Texas.

Q: How can you not get caught up in being the starting quarterback for the defending national champions? You don't seem too enamored with all of the attention, but most people would kill to be in this position?

A: I always think positive. I never let negative thoughts or negative things bring me down, as hard as that is. In this position here, you always try to be positive. You always let your teammates see you try to be positive. What better position could I be in? I have great (skill) guys out there, a tremendous offensive line, a great defense - our defense is going to be really good this year. The running backs and receivers are going to make plays. I've just got to go out there and have fun, compete and play hard.

Q: When did you find out that you were going to be the starter?

A: This whole week I've just been out there practicing. Actually, this whole fall camp I've been working hard. Nobody worked harder than I did.

Q: So, there was no official announcement before today?

A: Well, I know now.

Q: Do you feel like you've known all along that you were going to be the starter?

A: I feel like I've just gone out there - the most important thing I wanted to do in fall camp was jell with my teammates. My offensive line is huge and they are really good. They make holes for the running backs and when we can run the ball, it opens up the passing. I felt like we've done a really good job in fall camp of coming together and now we're ready to go play North Texas.

Q: Your body language and attitude speaks of someone that has a lot of confidence. It seems like you feel like the job belongs to you.

A: I do feel like I had a really good fall camp. I felt like things came into play and I started picking up things and doing things right. Now all I have to do is go out there and have fun because my teammates are going to play great, catch the ball, open up holes, the running backs are going to get there. I'm just excited.

Q: Guys talk about your voice cracking and your baby face. But, they always say that you can't let that stuff fool you.

A: (Laughs) Exactly. You better not let it fool you.

Q: What do you think it's going to be like this weekend?

A: This whole week is going to be awesome. I'm just going to go out there and play with my teammates and do the same thing we've been doing. We've got a good game plan. My goal is to go out there and play hard, lead my team to the end zone and to a victory.

Q: Do you have any idea of what the offense is going to look like with you as the quarterback?

A: We're just going to do what the defense gives us. We're just going to play. Coach Davis is a great coach. Coach Brown knows what he's doing. Coach Davis is going to figure out the weakness of the defense and we're just going to do what they give us.

Q: You mentioned that you were pleased with the way two-a-days went. What did you think about the spring? Were you happy with how you performed or did it leave a little to be desired?

A: The spring was fine. It wasn't nearly as good as the fall camp in my opinion. That was still a Learning time for me because I had done scout team all year. I knew what was going on, but it was just kind of harder. Another thing, Jevan (Snead) is a great quarterback and our competition together has really pushed us to become the best. Jevan did a great job in the spring and in the fall.

Q: You think he pushed you quite a bit?

A: Yeah, our competition together really brought out the best in us. It was good.

Q: Have you set goals for yourself this season?

A: I have set goals. My number one goal is to win. My number two goal is to have fun. If you do those two things and you go out there and compete and play hard, most likely those goals are going to come true.

Q: When you were being recruited, you were really not in the spotlight very much. Everyone was talking about Ryan Perrilloux and you were kind of an afterthought for some. Any thoughts on the irony of you being the start one year out of high school for the Texas Longhorns after all of that?

A: Ever since recruiting, everything has fallen into place. I've just prayed about it, worked hard, try my best to be in this position and I feel like the chips are falling into place right now. I couldn't be more happy.

Q: Were there ever any doubts about Texas back then when you were thought of by many as the No.2 quarterback in that recruiting class until Perrilloux left for LSU?

A: There were never any doubts. I knew all along that I was going to come to Texas. If Perrilloux came here, I was going to come here and work hard, and do my best to win that job. Perrilloux didn't come, but Jevan did. There was always competition. I just wanted to make the best of it and it's been my dream since I was a little kid to play college football. Now it's coming true and I'm excited.

Q: Why is the stuff that comes with quarterback at this school not important to you? A lot of guys would like to be able to walk around and have the attention.

A: The most important thing to me, I want to be named a winning quarterback here. I want to win a lot of ball games. That's my most important goal. That's what I want to do. I want to win ball games here. When you win games, people obviously recognize you, but you've got to win a couple first.

Q: What kind of things did your dad tell you this weekend?

A: He told me before I left to relax, have fun and do what you do. Kind of like our team motto, just do what you do. Just go out there and play, have fun and be relaxed. You've got playmakers all around you. Your offensive line is the best in the nation. Your running backs and receivers all believe in you, so just go out there and have fun. What better advice could somebody give you if you really think about it?

Q: Did you feel like Jevan got the best of you in the spring?

A: I wouldn't say that he got the best of me. I would say that I really had a great fall camp. I really took grasp of what the defense was going to do and really climbed the ladder

Q: So, you had a little bit of a burn coming out the spring that motivated you in the summer to get better?

A: Yeah.


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