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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
IRVING, Texas -- Part of Colt McCoy's inherent appeal is his small-town upbringing.
McCoy grew up in Tuscola, Texas, where he attended Jim Ned High School. The tiny town of about 700 is about 15 miles south of Abilene.
The Texas quarterback mentioned Wednesday that those days are a long way from where he is now. But he detailed spending several days earlier this summer hauling hay with his 79-year-old grandfather on his farm near Brownwood.
"Basically, you have a bailer that bales all the hay and they range from 60 to 100 pounds, depending on how green the hay is," McCoy said. "They are just in rows and you try to stack as many bales on the trailer as you can and then you unload them in the barn."
That work will take care of feeding McCoy's grandfather's cattle for the rest of the year.
"We had to put 350 bales on the trailer and then unload them and then put them in the barn so he could feed his animals," McCoy said.
McCoy enjoyed helping his grandfather when he can, but felt obligated to help them this year despite his demands back in Austin.
"I told him I kind of have a job at school," McCoy said, chuckling. "I'm kind of busy. But he said: 'I know, but I could sure use the help.' "
The Texas senior quarterback said that there's no comparison between the workout he receives farming with that he receives playing football.
"I would say that playing a game is pretty tough," McCoy said. "But hauling hay gets your fingers sore. You stick your hands under the wire and then have to load them up."