Big 12: Raiders
September, 18, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Colt McCoy is in line to break every passing record in Texas history if he continues his current pace. But he’s more concerned about the Longhorns’ upcoming game against Texas Tech on Saturday night in Austin.
I caught up with him earlier this week. McCoy talked about his friends and family who attend and work at Texas Tech, his game preparations for Saturday night, how his season has played out so far and what he remembers about last season’s dramatic game against the Red Raiders in Lubbock.
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|Colt McCoy says he won't have revenge on his mind during Saturday's matchup with Texas Tech.|
Colt McCoy: Tech played great last year and deserved to win the game. We’re not focused on that game at all. We’re a different team with different guys than last year. We have enough motivation with this being the first game of our conference. Our goal is to win every game. We’ve got to be focused this week really well to do that. Our focus isn’t on last year.
With the development of some of the other running backs on the team, it looks like you personally haven’t had to run the ball as much as last year. Do you like this change in your offense?
CM: It’s nice. We have great running backs here. If you look at what we’re doing this year, we’re running the ball more and having more yards per carry. Our offensive line is doing a nice job and I’m just sitting back there with the ball. I have the mentality to do everything we can when we play. If I need to run, I’ll run. If not, I’ll let the other guys make those plays. I’m definitely pleased with where we are running the ball.
Does the Texas Tech game mean any more to you because you grew up so close to Lubbock?
CM: I have a lot of friends and family that go to school out there. It’s a big game for me every year and means a lot to me. One of our goals is to win every game we play against anybody in Texas. For me, playing Tech is fun. I enjoy playing against them. I grew up in the area. I’m excited to have a chance to play against them one more time.
What happened to explain your slow start, both individually and as a team, last week against Wyoming?
CM: I just think we were a little inconsistent. Football is the biggest team sport and when you have 10 guys doing the right thing and one guy not, it can cause you problems. That’s all it was. At the end of the first quarter, it was just inconsistency more than anything else, getting penalties and making mistakes like that. Once we had a chance to regroup and get on the same page at halftime, everything worked out for us.
What have you seen so far in your examination of the Texas Tech defense?
CM: I expect they’ll be a lot like they were last year. I expect those guys will approach this game “lights out.” When they played well against us last year, they played fast from the beginning of the game. We can’t let those things happen and we need to be prepared to start from the beginning. I expect them to be the same way as they were last year.
You mentioned earlier about how big of a presence Texas Tech has in your area. What is that like, especially considering you play at Texas, one of their biggest rivals?
CM: A lot of people remind me of that. [Laughs.] In my senior class I had 90 people from Jim Ned High School and about half went to Tech. Then you look at the grades above and below me and you really see a lot of people who have gone there. I’ve got a lot of friends and family that go out there. I’ve known about that over the years and that’s what’s made the game so special for me. I actually have a couple of cousins who got to school there and an uncle who even works for the school.
As you’ve had a chance to watch coach Mike Leach’s offense at Texas Tech, what do you think about what the Red Raiders do offensively?
CM: They swing the ball around and have a great scheme. It’s a quarterback’s dream to play in that offense. They are very explosive and Taylor Potts is a great quarterback for what they ask of him. He went to Abilene High School which is only about 15 minutes from my high school. I’ve known him as a kid growing up, but we’ve never played each other because our schools are in different [high school] classifications. Coach Leach is very sharp and knows what they need to do. And they’ve made it work out there for a long time. You’ve got to give them credit.
What do you know about Taylor Potts and his playing style?
CM: He’s a big, strong quarterback who’s about 6-5 and has a strong arm. He’s perfect for that system. If you don’t pressure him, Taylor will sit back and pick you apart.
What are your memories of last season’s game against Texas Tech and how have they prepared you for Saturday’s game?
CM: Obviously, that was tough for us. But there’s no revenge or anything like that heading into the game. We have our goals going into the game. We’re excited about starting our conference play. We’re starting a little bit early this year. We had two games to prepare to get us ready. But regardless, we’ve got to be ready.