Less than a year after throwing the final pass of his University of Texas football career, Colt McCoy will have one of the school’s highest football honors bestowed upon him at the end of this month.
Provided he survives his first career NFL start this weekend against fellow UT alum Casey Hampton and the Pittsburgh Steelers, McCoy will have his No. 12 jersey retired prior to the Oct. 30 game against Baylor. McCoy’s NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, is on a bye that weekend, creating the window for an honor that’s previously been given to just five other Longhorns in the school’s storied history.
“I was just overwhelmed, humbled and psyched when I was told about his,” McCoy said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true!
“This is such a tremendous honor, but it’s not about me. It’s about all the great coaches that helped me develop as a player and a man, the tremendous teammates that made my job so much easier and the most supportive family anyone could ask for.”
“We’re very, very proud of Colt and every time we look at his name in the upper part of the stadium with the other great names that have played for The University of Texas, we’ll be proud of him, proud of his team and proud of their accomplishments,” head coach Mack Brown said.
McCoy set an NCAA record with 45 wins during his four years in Austin and was twice named the Walter Camp Player of the Year; one of the school’s requirements for the retiring of a jersey number is winning a national player of the year honor.
McCoy will join Earl Campbell (No. 20), Bobby Layne (11), Tommy Nobis (60), Ricky Williams (34) and Vince Young (10) as the six football players who’ve had their number retired.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah