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UT's passing of torch too hot to handle

Horns QBs McCoy, Gilbert endure unexpected transition against Alabama in title game

Updated: January 29, 2010, 12:07 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- One was on his way out, the other on his way in. Quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Garrett Gilbert never could have envisioned such a traumatic ending and beginning to their respective careers at Texas.

Garrett, a true freshman and the senior McCoy's heir apparent, was here for the ride, to breathe it all in, to embrace that Texas football is about competing for championships, just as an unknown, redshirted McCoy did four years ago as he stood on the sidelines of a buzzing ...

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