November 4, 2006

You see that, BCS?

Where does Colt McCoy rank in the list of all-time great Texas quarterbacks?

Step back for a second and think about this. Can anyone really believe that we're asking questions about Colt McCoy being an all-time great and even discussing the possibility of him getting an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation? Simply incredible.

With yet another amazing performance on Saturday night, McCoy forever etched his name into the annals of Longhorn football. McCoy threw three more touchdown passes on the evening, bringing his total to 27 and setting the Texas all-time single season record. In doing so, he surpassed the efforts of Vince Young from last year and Chris Simms from 2002 (26 apiece), Simms in 2001 (22) and Major Applewhite in 1999 (21).

All of this from a freshman. Unbelievable. Texas has been spoiled by some pretty good quarterback play under Mack Brown's watch - and that doesn't even take into account the legendary players that suited up under Darrell Royal. Truth be told, I'm not sure anyone realizes just how amazing the feats that McCoy has been able to accomplish really are.

McCoy's ability to manage the game and make the safe and proper reads has been nothing short of amazing. On a couple of plays on Saturday, Oklahoma State did a great job of bringing pressure, and most quarterbacks would have caved with a defender coming in for a free shot. Not McCoy. He stayed in, found the open guy, and completed passes for big gains. Critics still question his arm strength, but McCoy's accuracy is right up there with any quarterback that's come through the Texas program.

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