Dec. 13, 2008
Junior QB Colt McCoy has been named one of four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year award, the organization announced on Saturday. Texas players have won the award in two of the four years it has been presented. QB Vince Young won in 2005, a year after RB Cedric Benson took home the inaugural award in 2004.
Fans will determine the winner by sending the text message VOTE to 51234 from a wireless phone and casting their vote for who they think earned the title of best college football player in the country. Fans who participated in the AT&T All-America Player of the Week voting will automatically receive a text message with the nominees for Player of the Year.
Voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year is open until Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Noon Central. The selection process will culminate with an announcement during the Bowl Championship Series National Championship game on FOX, Jan. 8.
McCoy, who was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) Player of the Year and also is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award (college player of the year), O'Brien Award (nation's top quarterback) and Manning Award (nation's top quarterback), has earned first-team All-America honors from the WCFF and the Football Writers Association of America for his performance in 2008.
During the regular season, McCoy went 291-of-375 (77.6%) for 3,445 yards and 32 TDs, with seven INTs, for a passer rating of 179.2. He set a UT single-season passing record against Texas A&M, bettering Major Applewhite's 3,357 yards in 1999. His 77.6 completion percentage is the best in the country and is on pace to break the NCAA record and his 179.2 passer rating ranks third nationally. McCoy has thrown a TD pass in 16 consecutive games, which ranks second on UT's all-time list behind Applewhite's 19. In addition, McCoy leads the team in rushing with 576 yards and 10 TDs on 128 carries (4.5 ypc).
Overall, McCoy has posted 4,021 yards of total offense (3,445p/576r) and is averaging 8.0 yards per play and 335.1 total yards per game, which ranks sixth nationally. He is only the second player in UT history to surpass 4,000 yards in a single season and trails only Vince Young (4,086 yards, 2005) for the UT record.
With 11 wins in 2008, McCoy has a career record of 31-7, which is first on UT's all-time victories list, passing Vince Young (30-2, 2003-05). During his 38-game career, McCoy has completed 784-of-1,117 passes (70.2%/No. 1 on UT's all-time list) for 9,318 yards and 83 TDs against 32 INTs for a passer rating of 159.1 (No. 1 on UT's all-time list). His 9,318 yards, 83 career TD passes, 784 completions and 1,117 attempts are all the most in UT history. McCoy also ranks first on UT's TD responsible for list with 99, having passed Ricky Williams (76) and Vince Young (81) earlier this season.
In addition, McCoy has rushed for 1,238 yards and 16 TDs on 310 carries (4.0 ypc) and has rushed and passed for a TD in the same game 11 times during his career. Overall, McCoy is UT's all-time leader in total offense, having produced 10,556 yards (9,318p/1,238r) to better Vince Young's 9,167 total yards.