McCoy's status was uncertain after severely pinching a nerve in his neck against Texas A&M in the Longhorns 12-7 loss on the final game of the regular season. McCoy also left the Longhorns 45-42 loss at Kansas State after the first drive with a neck stinger.
In a release from Texas, UT Athletic Trainer Kenny Boyd said:
"We have been evaluating Colt on a regular basis for the past several weeks, and he's made great progress. He went through a thorough and complete evaluation that involved everyone on our staff and a series of tests to insure his recovery was complete. Colt passed all of the functional and diagnostic tests to return to the field, and his performance and recovery in practices confirmed that he is back at full strength. We're all comfortable that he¹s physically ready to play."
McCoy has thrown for 2262 yards and a Texas single-season record 27 TDs. In a release from Texas, McCoy said:
"I feel like everything is back to normal and I am 100 percent. I worked closely with our trainers and doctors to get healthy. It took a lot of patience because they didn't want to rush anything and wanted to be sure to let the injury heal. I worked really hard doing everything they asked and made steady progress every day. It all paid off because I could feel the strength in my arm coming back. Now, I'm excited and ready to go."
Fifth-year senior Matt McCoy, a non-scholarship QB, will serve as Colt McCoy's back-up for the game. Wide receiver Quan Cosby is being prepared as an emergency quaterback if both McCoys are knocked out of the game. Cosby was a two-time Texas 2A All-State QB at Mart.