by Mike Magers
Colt McCoy’s connection to New Mexico is that he was born at Lea General Hospital in Hobbs. At the time, his father Brad was an assistant coach in Lovington during one of the most successful stretches of good teams in Lovington history. Being the child of a high school football coach often means that the family moves frequently and Colt’s family was no exception. Not long after Colt was born, the McCoys moved on to another town and coaching position for Brad McCoy.
Colt graduated from Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas (near Abilene), population about 715 people, near where his grandfather had a ranch. In high school, he played quarterback under his father as head coach in the highly competitive 2A classification. For his junior and senior years, Colt was also Jim Ned’s punter. He also played both offense and defense for a couple of years early in his high school career until he suffered a suspected concussion making a defensive stop. He helped Jim Ned to reach the state championship game in 2003, its only appearance in the state final. As a high school quarterback, Colt completed some 9,344 yards, connecting with his receivers on 536 of 849 attempts.
While at Jim Ned, he came to the notice of Mack Brown, then the head coach at the University of Texas. At Texas, McCoy would be a candidate to follow the very successful career of Vince Young who had just taken the Longhorns to their first national championship in 35 years. Colt only weighed 175 pounds and was about 6 feet tall, but Greg Davis, the offensive coordinator at Texas recalls McCoy saying “I want to be the best you’ve ever coached.” It was going to be a big change playing in front of tens of thousands of people in the Big 12 as opposed to perhaps playing before two thousand in one of Jim Ned’s big games.
Once at Texas, Colt red shirted in the 2005 season and then went on to be a four year starter for the Longhorns from 2006 to 2009. He played in 53 games for the Longhorns, completing 1,157 of 1,645 passes for 13,253 yards which produced in 112 touchdowns. McCoy’s career pass completion percentage of 70.3% ranks him second all time in the NCAA. His career passing yardage ranks him 12th in the NCAA. His career passing touchdowns ranks him 14th in the NCAA. He also rushed for another 1,589 yards and scored another 20 touchdowns. Under his leadership, the Longhorns won a total of 45 games against 8 losses. Each year he was there, the team went to a post season bowl game. They would win the first three and lost the fourth one. The last game of his career, the Longhorns lost the national championship game in Pasadena against Alabama by a score of 37-21, the Longhorns’ only loss of the season.
During his college career, McCoy broke many offensive records. He also won numerous awards and was a Heisman Trophy finalist two years, finishing second in 2008 to winner Sam Bradford and in 2009 alongside winner Mark Ingram, Jr. and Toby Gerhart. McCoy was a two time first team All-American selection in 2008 by the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers of America Association and Sports Illustrated. In 2009, he was a unanimous All-American selection of the Associated Press, the American Football coaches Association, the Football Writers of America Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Colt was the 85th player taken in NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns and he remained with the Browns for three season. He has since played for the San Francisco 49ers and is currently playing for the Washington Redskins. He has been active for many years in clinics for young players, as shown below.
One would think that Colt McCoy would be a strong candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame once he has retired at a professional level and has been out of college for ten years.