March 3, 2010
Former Texas QB Colt McCoy was presented with the 2010 Manning Award, honoring the nation's top QB, at a ceremony in New Orleans on Wednesday night.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl presents the Manning Award, and Archie Manning originally announced McCoy as the winner on Jan. 14. The award was created to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. It is voted on by a panel of local and national media, as well as each of the Mannings.
"I'm very honored to be able to win the Manning Award," McCoy said. "I did get to know Archie, Peyton and Eli at the (Manning) camp this summer, and they have helped me a lot this year and through the process of getting started in the NFL.
"I'm very thankful for their relationship, and to have an award named after them and their family - they're a true football family - is very special to me. You also always have to mention Cooper when you mention the Manning family. This is very special to me and to The University of Texas. I'm very honored and privileged to win the Manning Award."
McCoy becomes the second Longhorn to win the award in its six-year history, following Vince Young after the 2005 season. McCoy was also a finalist last season.
"We had the great privilege to get to know Colt better this summer when he attended the Manning Passing Academy and saw him again in December in New York as one of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes, which is a tremendous accomplishment," Archie Manning said.
"He had outstanding statistics and of course the 45 career wins is just incredible. We regret Colt did not get to play in the National Championship Game, which was a tough thing for him, but it does say a lot for him that our national panel of voters still voted him to the Manning Award, so we're very excited."
This season, McCoy won the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award (nation's top player), AT&T Player of the Year Award, Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top QB) and Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation's top senior QB). He is a unanimous All-America selection, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the Wooden Cup (nation's top athlete/community), and was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both The Associated Press and league's coaches.
In 14 games this year, McCoy went 332-of-470 (70.6%) for 3,521 yards and 27 TDs for a 147.4 passer rating, while rushing for another 348 yards and three TDs. His 70.6 completion percentage led the nation. McCoy's 147.4 pass efficiency rating ranked 16th and he averaged 26.6 yards per TD pass on his 27 scoring throws.
McCoy became the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history when he won his 43rd game as a starter against Kansas. He ended with a 45-8 record, bettering David Greene's (Georgia) mark of 42 victories. He is the first QB in major college football history to lead a team to four 10-win seasons and is also is the first QB in Texas history to lead his team to consecutive 12-win seasons and just the second Longhorn, joining Vince Young, to lead his team to consecutive 11-win seasons.
McCoy holds 47 school records including 16 career, 13 single-season, five single-game, six freshman and seven miscellaneous marks. During his 53-game career, McCoy completed 1,157-of-1,645 passes (70.3%) for 13,253 yards and 112 TDs (45 INTs) for a passer rating of 155.0. His 13,253 yards are sixth on the NCAA all-time list, his 112 TD passes are seventh and his 70.3 career completion percentage is just shy of the NCAA record of 70.4 percent, which is held by Colt Brennan (Hawaii).
His 1,157 completions, 1,645 attempts, 70.3 completion percentage, 13,253 yards, 112 TDs and 155.0 passer rating rank first on UT's all-time list and he is the first Longhorn to pass for more than 10,000 yards. He is one of just five QBs in NCAA history to pass for at least 2,500 yards in four seasons.
In addition, McCoy has rushed for 1,571 yards and 20 TDs on 447 carries (3.5 ypc) and has rushed and passed for a TD in the same game 14 times during his career. In combining his passing (112) and rushing (20) TDs, McCoy ranks sixth on the NCAA list and first on UT's TD responsible for list with 132. He had scored at least one TD in 30 straight games entering the BCS National Championship Game. McCoy is UT's all-time leader in total offense and ranks fourth on the NCAA all-time list, having produced 14,824 yards (13,253p/1,571r) on 2,092 plays (7.1 ypp).
Winner of the 2009 Bobby Bowden Award (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, McCoy graduated in December with a degree in sports management. He also is one of UT's most active community service participants and has been selected to the Allstate AFCA and Big 12 Good Works teams. McCoy has spent his last two spring breaks traveling to Peru to perform mission work, and he regularly serves as a featured speaker representing the FCA and individually.