NCF Nation: Manning Award
"That would have been my biggest game," McCoy said. "We worked the entire year to play for the national championship. And for it to be taken away is tough and hard to deal with. But I've moved on."
After meeting with Dr. James Andrews, McCoy has starting his training regime to prepare himself for the NFL draft.
"My best football is ahead of me," McCoy said. "I'm confident. I'm thankful I'm not rolling in for shoulder surgery. I'll work and recover for a couple of weeks and then I should be golden. You could question 'what if' for the rest of your life, but I've moved on. Everything happens for a reason."
McCoy also denied that he could have returned to the game after sustaining his injury, which he described as "a burner" in his right shoulder on the fifth play of the title game.
"There's no way I could have played," McCoy said. "I did everything I could and even came out after halftime with my pads on. I wanted to be ready to help my team. I know my body and there's no way I could have thrown the ball."
McCoy was presented the Manning Award on Thursday -- an honor for the top national quarterback factoring in their bowl performance.
And even with McCoy's struggles, College Hall of Famer Archie Manning said that McCoy was deserving of the award.
"We had the privilege to get to know Colt when he was attending our academy and then I saw him in December," Manning said. "His outstanding stats and of course his 45 wins (as a starter) are incredible. We regret he didn't have a chance to play more in the game, but he was deserving of the honor."
The Manning Award announced Monday that 14 players from the nonautomatic qualifying schools were named to its award watch list.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
At least one quarterback from each of the five non-AQ conferences is represented. More quarterbacks could be added to the list throughout the season depending on their play.
The Manning Award only has been around for four seasons and none of the selections have been from a non-AQ conference. However, each of the four selections have gone on to be a top 10 draft pick in the NFL.
Ten finalists will be selected by Nov. 30. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 14.
2009 Manning Award Watch List
Levi Brown (Sr., Troy)
Andy Dalton (Sr., TCU)
Austin Davis (So., Southern Miss)
Max Hall (Sr., BYU)
Tim Hiller (Sr., Western Michigan)
Colin Kaepernick (Jr., Nevada)
Case Keenum (Jr., Houston)
Dan LeFevour (Sr., Central Michigan)
Corey Leonard (Sr., Arkansas State)
Ryan Lindley (So., San Diego State)
Kellen Moore (So., Boise State)
Tyler Sheehan (Sr., Bowling Green)
Rusty Smith (Sr., Florida Atlantic)
Trevor Vittatoe (Jr., UTEP)