Dec. 8, 2009
The National Football Foundation honored senior QB Colt McCoy as a National Scholar-Athlete, and inducted former DE Steve McMichael into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York at the foundation’s annual awards dinner.
McCoy is the 10th NFF Scholar-Athlete in UT history and the second in the last three years, following former C Dallas Griffin who won the Draddy Trophy, now called the William V. Campbell Trophy, in 2007.
McMichael is the Longhorns' 15th player and 17th overall inductee (including coaches D. X. Bible and Darrell Royal) into the College Hall of Fame.
A member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor, the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, McMichael totaled 133 tackles during his senior season, and posted 369 tackles, 30 sacks, 40 TFL, 99 quarterback pressures and 11 caused fumbles during his career as a Longhorn.
In the NFL, McMichael helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl win in the 1985-86 season. Originally drafted by the New England Patriots in 1980, McMichael later signed with Chicago and became a two-time Pro Bowler. He played 14 years in the league, retiring in 1994 after a final season with Green Bay. He set a Bears' record by playing in 191 consecutive games, and during his career he registered 95 sacks and played in 213 NFL games.
McCoy became the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history when he won his 43rd game as a starter against Kansas. He has now posted a 45-7 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 46 school records including 16 career, 12 single-season, five single-game, six freshman and seven miscellaneous marks. During his 52-game career, McCoy has completed 1,155-of-1,643 passes (70.3%) for 13,244 yards and 112 TDs (45 INTs) for a passer rating of 155.0. His 13,244 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%, which is held by Colt Brennan (Hawaii).
His 1,155 completions, 1,643 attempts, 70.3 completion percentage, 13,244 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 446 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’s scored at least one TD in 30 straight games. McCoy is UT’s all-time leader in total offense and ranks fourth on the NCAA all-time list, having produced 14,815 yards (13,244p/1,571r) on 2,089 plays (7.1 ypp).
This season, McCoy has already won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation’s top senior QB), is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award (nation’s top player), Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top QB) and Manning Award (nation’s top QB). He was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and league’s coaches.
In 13 games this year, McCoy has gone 330-of-468 (70.5%) for 3,512 yards and 27 TDs for a 147.5 passer rating, while rushing for another 348 yards and three TDs. His 70.5 completion percentage ranks third nationally. McCoy’s 147.5 pass efficiency rating ranks 19th, his 270.2 passing yards per game are 14th and his 296.9 total yards per game rank 10th. McCoy is averaging 26.6 yards per TD pass on his 27 scoring throws.
A three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, McCoy graduates this 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 Fellowship of Christian Athletes.