Posted by Adam Jacobi
So, Colt McCoy is getting his number retired by the Texas Longhorns this weekend. This is a good thing! I worry that McCoy's legacy is going to be measured primarily on his lack of a Heisman Trophy or National Championship, and that's pretty unfair for one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football history. Here's a quick rundown of his accomplishments, helpfully compiled by Texas partisans Barking Carnival:
- 45 wins
- 13,253 passing yards
- 112 passing TDs
- 1589 yards rushing, 20 TDs
- Two BCS Bowls
- Big XII Offensive Player of the Year
- First Team All American by Associated Press
- Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
- Davey O’Brien Award
- Archie Manning Award
- Maxwell Award
- Walter Camp Award
Texas may never see a quarterback accomplish as much as McCoy did, so the notion that he might not deserve to be among such college football legends as Vince Young, Tommy Nobis, Bobby Layne, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams seems, to me, absurd.
Extra credit goes to Texas for going forward with this ceremony as possible: while normally a number retirement like this can safely wait a good five years or so, word just came out that McCoy is probably starting for the Cleveland Browns this week. Behind the Browns' offensive line. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So McCoy may as well enjoy one last day of glory before he's ripped limb from limb on Sunday. He will be missed.