McCoy Mending, But Who's Got His Back?

RS-freshman QB Colt McCoy has made 'significant progress' recovering from an injury sustained against Texas A&M, Texas athletic trainer Kenny Boyd said Friday. But Jevan Snead's transfer raises critical questions about QB depth for the post-season.

"Colt has made significant progress over the past week," Boyd said, "and we will continue to monitor and evaluate him. One thing we know about Colt is he'll work really hard and do everything in his power to get back. He's progressing extremely well."

This much is certain: the quarterback sneak will not be in the game plan for the bowl game.

Snead is expected to enroll at a yet-to-named program at mid-semester, leaving Texas with just walk-on Matt McCoy and redshirted Sherrod Harris for its date in either the Gator or Alamo Bowl. It is highly unlikely that head coach Mack Brown would lift Harris' redshirt for a second-tier bowl game. Earlier in the year, Brown said a worst-case-scenario would include WR Quan Cosby taking over at QB. The sophomore was a two-time Texas 2A First-Team All-Stater at QB in 1999-2000. Brown has also said a while back that WR Billy Pittman could be pressed into action at QB. Pittman was a four-year starter at Cameron Yoe and was the scout team 'running quarterback' during his RS-freshman year in 2004.

While McCoy's relative effectiveness this month will remain a question mark, sources close to McCoy have said they expect the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year to recover from a severe pinched nerve in his neck in time to play in Texas' bowl game. One week after the fact, Aggie coach Dennis Franchione apologized to Brown for defensive lineman's Kellen Heard's late hit on McCoy. Heard was ejected from the contest.

Help looks to be on the way. Texas has verbals from a pair of Five-Star QBs, John Brantley and John Chiles. Chiles is being recruited as an 'athlete' but will get a at least a first look at QB. The Mansfield Summit product is a sudden-impact player who may also be considered at DB. Brantley is considered the most developed pure passer to emerge from the high school ranks in recent memory. The Ocala, Florida product is expected to attend the annual Texas Football Banquet on Dec. 8. (For more scoop on Brantley's situation, see the Dec. 1 Inside Texas Inside Scoop.)

The Horns are slated to return to practice on December 12.

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