No. 2 McCoy back for his shot at undisputed title

May, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

No. 2

Colt McCoy already has recorded nearly every meaningful passing statistic in Texas football history.

But he's still missing the ultimate reward as he searches for his first trip to the Big 12 championship game and the Longhorns' first undisputed South title under him.

McCoy didn't miss by much last season and has come back to school determined for additional team success. Most of his key weapons return, providing him and his team with their best chance to make a title-game berth since Vince Young directed them there in 2005.

If he has another big season, McCoy could be poised to become the first Texas quarterback in history to win the Heisman Trophy.

Something tells me he would much rather win the Big 12 title than worry about any individual awards -- including the Heisman.

Player: Colt McCoy
Team: Texas
Position: Quarterback
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds; Sr.; Tuscola, Texas (Jim Ned H.S.)

Why he was picked: McCoy is a three-time Texas Most Valuable Player who already has won more games than any quarterback in school history. He set the NCAA FBS single-season completion percentage record last season (76.7 percent), bettering Daunte Culpepper's previous record. McCoy also is an elusive runner who led the Longhorns with 561 rushing yards -- most by any Texas quarterback other than Vince Young in the last 20 years. McCoy passed for 3,859 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2008, producing a passing rating of 173.8 that was third in the NCAA. He finished second in the Heisman behind Sam Bradford and punctuated his season by claiming Most Valuable Player honors in the Fiesta Bowl - his third bowl MVP in as many tries. McCoy ranks second in FBS history with three bowl victories as a starting quarterback.

What 2009 will hold: McCoy returns with a better supporting cast this season. That alone will help him as he aims to lead the Longhorns to their first undisputed Big 12 South title with him as a starter. Similar production as earlier in his career and a team title should also catapult him into strong contention for most major national awards.

McCoy's Heisman chances and his team's title hopes should improve if he's not counted on as being the team's primary ball-carrier. And the return of a talented receiving corps should boost his production as a passer with continued improvement.

McCoy is already statistically the greatest quarterback in Texas history. But winning a national title will boost him into mention with quarterbacks like Young and James Street. It's the only item missing from the resume of one of the greatest players in Texas history.

The countdown:

3. Oklahoma State WR-KR Dez Bryant
4. Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham
5. Baylor QB Robert Griffin
6. Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
7. Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
8. Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter
9. Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis
10. Kansas QB Todd Reesing
11. Oklahoma RB-KR DeMarco Murray
12. Oklahoma State T Russell Okung
13. Texas DE-LB Sergio Kindle
14. Oklahoma T Trent Williams
15. Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon
16. Baylor LB Joe Pawelek
17. Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson
18. Texas WR-KR Jordan Shipley
19. Oklahoma RB Chris Brown
20. Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr.
21. Texas Tech DT Colby Whitlock
22. Kansas WR-KR Dezmon Briscoe
23. Oklahoma DE Jeremy Beal
24. Kansas S Darrell Stuckey
25. Texas Tech RB Baron Batch
26. Kansas QB-WR Kerry Meier
27. Texas T Adam Ulatoski
28. Oklahoma State LB Andre Sexton
29. Missouri G Kurtis Gregory
30. Missouri RB Derrick Washington
31. Texas Tech LB Brian Duncan
32. Texas S Earl Thomas
33. Kansas State WR-KR Brandon Banks
34. Oklahoma LB Keenan Clayton
35. Baylor S Jordan Lake
36. Oklahoma State CB-KR Perrish Cox
37. Texas C Chris
Hall
38. Texas Tech DE-DT McKinner Dixon
39. Kansas State DE Brandon Harold
40. Oklahoma FB Matt Clapp

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