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January 11, 2007

AN UPDATE

Not a lot going on until National Signing day.

You might want to look at the "Awards" page for Colt. I've updated it with a couple of more honors he's received.

January 3, 2007

UNDER PRESSURE

By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas

Not too long ago, I thought this past season might be the most pressure Colt McCoy might ever face as a college quarterback.

Nope, not even close. How about next season?

coltpress.jpgStories are already surfacing about how the Longhorns have all these question marks for 2007 and some key positions to fill and they have to find a running game, yada-yada ... BUT (and there's always a but) at least they have a quarterback they can build their team around.

Gee, no pressure there, huh? It has to trump the burden of filling the shoes of that Vince Young guy who was just named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and who Mack Brown once called one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history. And, oh yeah, make all that good stuff happen while you're a freshman!

One thing we've seen all season long, though, is that Colt can handle pressure. Whether it's from a 300-pound defensive lineman barrelling in on him right as he releases the ball or the glaring spotlight of Heisman hype and other "anointments," he maintains an even strain.

Yeah, he kept his cool throughout the pressure of a half dozen come-from-behind victories. I don't expect that to change in 2007.

But (there's that but again), Texas DOES have to find a running game. The play-action in 2006 that set up a lot of Colt's success worked because most of the Horns' opponents didn't realize until late in the season that the burnt orange running game was mediocre compared to previous years.

Unless Jamaal Charles or someone else comes through in a big way, there won't be as much "biting" on those fakes next year.

The phrase "pressure the quarterback" will then become commonplace on gameday broadcasts.

But (an here's the important but), as far as I can tell, pressure is Colt's best friend.