March 27, 2007

Colt McCoy: Man in command

Last spring, the hot topic in the Longhorn football program was on which quarterback, Colt McCoy or Jevan Snead, would eventually win the starting job. As everyone now knows, McCoy took the college football world by storm and performed at a level that surprised just about everyone, and he entered this year's spring season as one of the team's leaders on the field and in the locker room. McCoy has lived up to the hype, putting on a clinic this spring as he continues to elevate his play.

We caught up with him this week to talk about what he still wants to accomplish, the young offensive linemen and the two quarterbacks that are battling for the back-up spot, among other topics.

On the offensive line:

The biggest thing I see is that the guys are giving 100 percent. Any mistake that they make, they're going 100 percent, going full speed. If they continue to keep giving their best effort, we're going to have some guys out there that are going to be able to play. That's the best thing that I see so far. And they're really playing well together. The centers and two guards, our interior linemen, are the ones we're having to replace. I don't think the coaches could be more pleased with where we are.

I feel good. I'm really excited about it. They want to be the best that they can be. They're playing well together, they're giving their best effort and if they continue to do that, coach McWhorter will have them right.

On Jamaal Charles' performance this spring:

Jamaal has a new mentality. He's out there, he knows it's his job, he know what he's going to have to do. He wants to have a big season so he's doing everything he can. We're spending a lot of time in the weight room together. When he's out there, he's really focusing on the things that are going to make the team better. He's fun to watch too. He's put on a little weight but he still handles his own.

More on Charles' new mentality:

He made the decision himself not to run track. He wanted to be the best, he wanted to make himself the best and he's going to do whatever it took. He's spent a lot of time in the weight room and when he's out there, he's running hard, finishing his runs and making good cuts. I think he knows it's time for him to play a big role in this offense.

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