Oct. 24, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas junior QB Colt McCoy has been named the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week for his performance in UT's 56-31 victory over No. 11 Missouri. This is the second consecutive week a Longhorn has earned the award after senior WR Jordan Shipley was named Player of the Week after the Oklahoma game.
Against Missouri, McCoy set a UT record by completing 90.6 percent of his passes (29-of-32), while throwing for 337 yards, which was just nine shy of his career mark, and two TDs. He also rushed for 23 yards and two scores. McCoy led UT on five consecutive TD drives in a first half that saw him go 18-of-20 for 230 yards and two TDs. In the second quarter alone, McCoy was 9-of-9 for 131 yards and two TDs. He went on to complete 17 straight passes to set a new UT mark, breaking the previous mark of 15 he shared with Vince Young.
In addition to the AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week honor, McCoy was named Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week, Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, and he received a helmet sticker from ESPN's College Football Final broadcast.
A member of the O'Brien Award, WCFF Player of the Year and Maxwell Award watch lists, McCoy has gone 160-of-197 (81.2%) for 1,894 yards and 19 TDs, with only three INTs, for a passer rating of 190.8 in 2008. His 81.2-percent completion percentage is the best in the country and his 190.8 passer rating ranks fourth nationally. In addition, McCoy leads the team in rushing with 371 yards and six TDs on 70 carries (5.3 ypc). Overall, McCoy has posted 2,265 yards of total offense (1,894p/371r) and is averaging 323.6 total yards per game, which ranks ninth nationally. His 2,265 total yards are more than 34 teams in the FBS. He also is responsible for 22.0 points per game, which ranks sixth nationally. His 25 total TDs are more than 72 teams in the FBS.
McCoy improved his career record to 27-6, which ranks third on UT's all-time list and is just one victory behind Bobby Layne (28-6, 1944-47) and three behind Vince Young (30-2, 2003-05).
During his 33-game career, McCoy has completed 653-of-939 passes (69.5%/No. 1 on UT's all-time list) for 7,767 yards and 70 TDs against 28 INTs for a passer rating of 157.7 (No. 1 on UT's all-time list). McCoy's 70 career TD passes are the most in UT history, as are his 82 TDs responsible for, after passing Vince Young (81) against Missouri. His 7,767 passing yards are second best on school record, trailing only Major Applewhite (8,353, 1998-2001). In total, McCoy has produced 8,800 yards of total offense (7,767p/1,033r), including 15 games of at least 300 total yards. He is just the fourth Longhorn in school history to eclipse the 8,000-yard plateau and ranks second on UT's all-time total offense list behind Vince Young (9,167).
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year through the BCS. Voting ends at noon ET on Jan. 6, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX on Jan. 9.