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Was McCoy's virtuoso effort his last in Austin?

11/28/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is leaving the possibility open of declaring for the NFL Draft, depending on his projected draft status.

McCoy told the Austin American-Statesman that he will consider his potential draft standing before he rules out jumping to the NFL a season early.

He has repeatedly said that being a four-year starter for a college team is something that most college players don't get a chance to do.

"To play four years at a place like Texas ... it's an honor," McCoy told the Statesman.

But he moderated a little bit after the Longhorns' 49-9 victory over Texas A&M Thursday night.

Asked if he was going to look into making himself eligible for the 2009 draft, he said, "Yeah, it would be stupid not to."

McCoy isn't projected as a first-round pick, but that might change. And his decision might be affected by a rookie wage scale that is under consideration by some NFL owners.

He would be leaving after setting several school records in the victory over the Aggies. McCoy passed for 311 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards and two scores. He also became the school's winningest starting quarterback, pushing his record to 31-7. The triumph pushed him past Vince Young, whose record was 30-2.

McCoy set the school single-season passing record with 3,445 yards, breaking the record of Major Applewhite, who passed for 3,357 yards in 1999.

And McCoy became the second Longhorn in school history to top 4,000 yards of total offense in a season. He ended the game with 4,021 total yards, trailing only Vince Young's record of 4,086 yards in 2005.