If you're new to our quarterback breakdowns, we break down a player's attempts by downs and situations. A long situation is any in which the offense has to travel seven or more yards to make a first down. A medium situation is any distance between four and six yards, while a short situation is three yards and under. We also measure explosive plays, which for a quarterback, is any completed pass of 10 or more yards.
We've also broken down each quarterback's attempts by drive. Over the course of the week, we'll take the exact same look at the other quarterbacks' performance in the spring game, with an overall analysis coming on Friday.
Drive One (Longhorns): 2-3, 10 yards (no explosives, zero points)
Drive Two (Longhorns): 5-5, 61 yards, touchdown (four explosives, seven points)
Drive Three (Texas): 0-1 (no explosives, zero points)
Drive Four (Texas): 2-2, 53 yards (two explosives, seven points)
First-and-long: 2-3, 53 yards (two explosives)
First-and-medium: no attempts
First-and-short: no attempts
Second-and-long: 3-3, 26 yards (two explosives)
Second-and-medium: 1-2, 3 yards (no explosives)
Second-and-short: no attempts
Third-and-long: 2-2, 35 yards, touchdown (two explosives)
Third-and-medium: no attempts
Third-and-short: 1-1, 7 yards (no explosives)
Totals: 9-11, 124 yards, one touchdown, six explosives, 14 points
As we did with Garrett Gilbert, we'll first start with what wasn't covered by the above stats. With McCoy, that would have to start with the quarterback's sacks. McCoy took three sacks, the second most of any quarterback only to Connor Wood. Two of those sacks ended McCoy's drives early.
Now, it's worth noting that not all of those sacks would have been sacks in actual play. Instead, some of the whistles came from loosely enforced one-hand touches. But those sacks were apparently the only thing stopping McCoy on third down. He dropped back to pass five times on third downs, converting on three. And while that's a great ratio, the only two failures came when he was "sacked." McCoy didn't rush for any positive yards, either.
Now, for the good. McCoy was the team's only quarterback to drive to a score with the second team, and he scored a touchdown with both the first and second-team units, the only quarterback to lead two touchdown drives. In fact, his worst drive from a passing standpoint came on his first drive with the ones, when he fired incomplete, then was sacked by Reggie Wilson on a third-and-16. That was the only time a McCoy-led drive went three-and-out.
In fact, the one thing these stats do tell us is just how overwhelmingly consistent an effort he had. McCoy's only "poor" down, second and medium, saw him complete a three-yard pass that led to an easily convertible third down on one of his two downs. He was especially strong in long situations, completing 7-of-8 throws for 114 of his 124 yards. And even moving beyond statistics, one had to be impressed with his 24-yard pass to Darius White on a third-and-22, not because of the pretty nature of the throw, but because he had the presence of mind to put a pass up in a position for White, an excellent jump-ball player, to go and get it.
McCoy wasn't always pretty, he took quite a few sacks and fired other passes off his back foot. But it's hard to refute an overall passer rating of 206.5, especially when he spent two series with a second-team boasting a largely patchwork offensive line, and where arguably his top target of the day was a walk-on. To put that rating into perspective, the single season passer rating record is 186.0, set by Colt Brennan of Hawaii.
While it's a stretch to think that McCoy could put up those numbers over a whole season, it's certainly an impressive indicator of what he can do when he's on.