Inside the Class of '05: Colt McCoy

The ninth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '05: Signee Colt McCoy.

Colt McCoy
Quarterback
Tuscola (Texas) Jim Ned High School
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An Inside Texas conversation with Jim Ned High School head coach Brad McCoy on his son, Colt:

IT: What are Colt’s strengths as a football player?

McCoy: "He’s got a great arm. He’s very accurate. It’s a big arm. He can throw the ball hard and well. He just has a knack for putting the ball where it needs to be to be caught. Over three years starting, he’s well over 65 percent. Everybody looks at us like we must have thrown the ball thousands of times, but we really didn’t. We were throwing the ball 23, 24 times a game and he was completing 16, 17 a game. Quite honestly, the ones we didn’t (complete) were dropped. Another one of his strengths is his brain. He’s been on the sidelines his whole life. He knows the game. The last couple of years, he knew what we needed to call before I called it. He’s like having a second coach on the field…He’s dreamed about this time. He’s a typical coach’s son. He studies the game well. He just understands the game. That’s a huge strength of his that he understands and knows what coaches want. He’s got great speed and size. He’s just an all-around talent with a great brain. He’s a pretty good package."

IT: What are the areas of Colt’s game that he needs to improve upon to be successful in college?

McCoy: "Probably patience. He’s been able to do everything when he wants to do it. At the college level, he’s going to have to really develop some patience on staying in the pocket and making himself wait. Obviously, the reads that we teach at the high school level are a great foundation for a quarterback to understand what reading a defense does and he does a great job of that. Obviously, that’s going to be more in-depth (in college). He’s going to have to work on his reads in the progression that Coach Davis and Coach Brown want him to do…He just needs to be patient and not try to do it all at once."

IT: Is Colt a leader, and if so, how does he lead?

McCoy: "He’s been (a) pretty phenomenal (leader)…He sees himself as a Tom Brady kind of guy, kind of under the radar. He works hard, keeps his mouth shut and knows great things are going to happen. He’s definitely got a good head on his shoulders."

IT: What are your overall thoughts on Colt?

McCoy: "He’s a coach’s kid, so primarily he’s been coached really hard. We’ve coached him harder than anybody else, because we don’t want people to think he’s been given anything. He’s really been battle-tested by the opposition as well as our coaching staff to make sure he’s on top of his game. I just think he’s a great package. He’s a prototype throwing quarterback with great speed. He doesn’t have the skills with his feet that Vince has obviously, but he’s got great skills with his feet. He’s got a great arm. He’s a passing quarterback. He’s going to be a guy that can move into the Texas offense when they’re in the shotgun formation and be able to throw with great accuracy and great velocity and still be able to run some of the counter schemes and things that they’re doing with Vince, because he (Colt) is quick and very strong. I just think he’s a great package. He’s a thinker. He’s watched Major Applewhite play. He’s studied a lot of the things that Major did. Major did a lot of things with his head. I think that what Colt brings to the table is a lot of ability as a quarterback and he has the same type of (concept) of the game. He understands how to dissect things in a hurry and figure out what he needs to do."

IT: With Colt being the only quarterback that Texas signed this year, do you feel like there is any added pressure on him?

McCoy: "I think there’s pressure on him…because in looking at it…there’s probably not going to be a redshirt. At that position at a major college like Texas and some of the Big 12 markets, it’s nice to have a kid come in and learn the system, grow up a little bit and have a good redshirt year. The fact that he’s looking at the possibility of that maybe not happening puts some pressure on him. But he’s thriving in it. That’s all he can talk about. He loves it."

IT: How is Colt preparing for next season?

McCoy: "He’s getting on his strength program. Him and Greg Davis talk every couple of days. They’re already talking playbook stuff and his responsibilities that he needs to learn. The process has definitely sped up since Signing Day with the prospect of him coming in and maybe being in a backup role. He’s excited that he’s going to be there right behind Vince and be able to learn some things from a great athlete and what Vince brings to the table. He just wants to try and be ready when his time comes."

IT: What are your thoughts as to where Colt fits in at Texas in 2005?

McCoy: "I feel like that if Vince were to have a year and never get hurt, obviously there would be mop up situations and they’ve got another quarterback (senior Matt Nordgren) that can handle that responsibility. Colt might get a redshirt (then). That’s really not the impression that I’ve gotten from Coach Brown telling him to be ready to play when he comes on campus. There’s speculation as to what if Vince were to come out early, what are we (Texas) going to do? I think they would like Colt to have some playing time if those things were to happen. Of course those are all my speculations. They’ve not done anything except tell Colt that they like him and they think that he’s going to be a great quarterback and they want him to be ready when he gets on campus."

IT: How do you think Colt will handle the transition from playing in Class 2A to major college football?

McCoy: "That’s the only question that seems to be recurring in the Longhorn nation. I understand that and I know he’s going to have a lot to prove, but he holds every major record in Class 2A now and those records rank in the top four or five in most areas in Texas prep history. He did that, yeah playing in Class 2A, but he did that playing with Class 2A talent. He had to make himself good enough to be able to do those things with kids that were on a Class 2A level that maybe weren’t as talented as some others, so I think it’s very relative in the scheme of what’s going on. When he goes and plays at The University of Texas, he’s going to be surrounded by some of the best athletes in the nation. That’s going to make him that much better. Yeah, he’s going to have to rise and prove himself, which I believe that he will. I think that when you find good ones, they can be real good at any classification. Yeah, he’s going to have to adjust to the size and the speed and those things, but he’s going to have great players surrounding him. With that going on, he’s going to be a great player. When we looked at Coach Brown and his recruiting prowess and what’s he done over the last few years bringing athletes into The University of Texas, we feel strongly about that he was able to find Colt at this level, which we’ve been very successful. Colt has only lost two ballgames in his whole career. That speaks pretty highly that he’s a winner and is a great competitor. And he’s humble. I think that’s one of the things in this process when you look at how Ryan (Perrilloux) carried himself and how Martellus Bennett carried himself and a lot of these kids that had this huge national exposure. Coach Brown asked Colt to commit and keep his mouth shut and that’s exactly what he did. He committed and kept his mouth shut. He didn’t really get into talking to the (recruiting services) people and all the media and all the Internet people. I think that hurt Colt with people like EA Sports and Student Sports and Elite 11 and all the Tom Lemmings of the world. Coach Brown asked him to commit and be quiet and that’s what he did. I think Colt lost out on a lot on being involved at a level with some of these guys simply because he was doing pretty much what he was told. That speaks pretty highly of a kid that will do that in this day and time."

UT Signing Day Bio: Three-year letterman at quarterback who posted a 34-2 record as a starter … also served as the team's punter as a junior and senior … two-time Associated Press 2A Offensive MVP and first-team All-State selection … two-time Texas Sports Writers Association first-team All-State … completed 536-of-849 passes (63.1%) for 9,344 yards and 116 TDs in his career … ranks as the all-time leading passer in Texas 2A history and is fourth overall in Texas high school history … the 116 TDs stands second in Texas prep history … also rushed 206 times for 1,575 yards and 21 TDs … named All-West Texas MVP covering all classes in 2004 … led Jim Ned to a 12-1 record and District 3-2A title as a senior … completed 204-of-315 passes (64.8%) for 3,806 yards and 47 TDs that year … the 47 TDs ranks No. 6 in 2A and No. 8 overall on the all-time Texas single-season lists … rushed 71 times for 541 yards and seven TDs … punted 20 times for a 42.2 average that year … as a senior against Grape Creek, completed 15-of-19 passes for 402 yards and six TDs in a 55-0 win … led Jim Ned to a 14-1 record and the 2A-Division I finals as a junior … completed 238-of-371 passes (64.2%) for 3,939 yards and 50 TDs … the 50 TDs is a single-season Texas 2A record and ranks sixth overall, while the 3,939 yards ranks No. 2 on the 2A single-season list … rushed 86 times for 521 yards … punted 21 times for a 38.7 average that year … as a junior in the state semifinals versus Shallowater, recorded 320 yards passing and four TDs, while rushing for 150 yards and three TDs in a 49-21 win … also lettered in basketball and track … a four-year starter in basketball and All-State selection as a junior … played point guard as a senior … played shooting guard his first three seasons and averaged 17 points per game as a junior … is a three-time regional qualifier in track, including the mile relay and 110m hurdles … a prep honor roll student who maintains a 98.2-percent GPA on a 100-point scale … a three-year member of the National Honor Society … tabbed second-team Academic All-State as a senior … three-time Academic All-District selection in football and four-time selection in basketball … has participated in church youth group for four years … work has included landscaping yards for the elderly, visiting nursing homes, meals on wheels and ministry … has spent three days a week for two years reading at elementary schools and tutoring underprivileged children … enjoys hunting, fishing and golf … mother was a shooting guard in basketball and father was a safety in football at Abilene Christian … father was roommates with Longhorn WR Jordan Shipley's father at Abilene Christian … born Sept. 5, 1986, in Hobbs, N.M.

"If you live in Texas, you know The University of Texas is a place that everybody talks about and everybody dreams of playing for. When I had the opportunity to play at Texas, the thought never crossed my mind to go anywhere else. That's where I wanted to be."

*Photos courtesy of Brad McCoy/Jim Ned High School*

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