SOMETHING IN THE AIR
By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas
I guess you saw Mack Brown is trying to nip that Heisman talk surrounding Colt in the bud.
His spin is the Heisman should be for a senior or someone who has been around long enough to show some real consistency. Not that Colt hasn't been consistent, mind you.
Brown's motivation no doubt stems from the "Distraction Factor" any mention of the H-word brings. Nope, don't need that messin' with anyone's head down the stretch when Brown wants his quarterback focused on resounding wins to impress the BCS computer.
What about other national awards? Colt surely has an inside track on NCAA Freshman of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year, a host of other "Freshman of the Year" awards and several All-America lists. [NOTE: A couple of days after this was written, Colt was named a semi-finalist for the Davy O'Brien Award which recognizes the best quarterback in the nation.]
Whatever happens, the trophy case at the McCoy household will have to be expanded.
As you know by now Colt's 27 touchdown passes pushed him past Vince Young and Chris Simms for the UT single season record. They each had 26 (Young's were last year).
Three more TD passes and Colt races right by Nevada's David Neill, who holds the NCAA freshman season record of 29 TD passes, set eight years ago.
Speaking of great quarterbacks from the Big Country, what about Jevan Snead?
Ever since Brown decided to go with Colt over Stephenville's Snead, rumors have persisted that the young man - whom you will recall was the state's No. 2 quarterback prospect coming out of high school - will transfer.
He is really much too good to be warming the bench, and I bet he does transfer to the University of Houston as "conventional blog wisdom" (is that a diametrically opposed phrase?) suggests.
There are way too many Stephenville connections already surrounding Art Briles' team of Cougars to not think this won't happen.
That will go a long way in making the Houston resurgence complete. They haven't been doing too badly with yet another bluechip area QB at the helm - Kevin Kolb.
Must be something to these wide-open spaces after all.