RUN 'N' GUN?
By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas
Good column today by Kirk Bohls at Statesman.com.
He verifies that Colt McCoy has put on 13 pounds of muscle since last season began. Tuscola's favorite son is now tipping the scales at 208.
Bohls also theorizes that not only will Colt run more next season because of the added bulk, but he will run more effectively. And that will be from the shotgun, where Colt seems most at ease.
I tend to agree with that. Take out the last three games of the 2006 season and Colt's feet accounted for themselves rather well ... especially considering he didn't run that often. And remember, in high school he rushed for 1,575 yards and 21 TDs in two-and-a-half seasons.
Here are a couple of passages from Bohl's column:
"Even though he won't ever be Vince Young, McCoy is more confident, beefed up and will carry the ball by design on draws or zone reads eight or nine times a game. And the staff will prepare redshirt freshman Sherrod Harris or true freshman John Chiles with a Florida-style package — a la Tim Tebow — to provide a dangerous change of pace from McCoy. "
"High school coaches who have taken in Texas' practices have detected a distinct difference in McCoy. He's stronger in his core. He is experimenting more, partly because he's not concerned with winning a job. He's not as obsessed with passing as he was last spring when he felt his throwing would win him the starting job. That job is his now."
You can read the entire thing by clicking here.
Wish I could say "I'll see you at Saturday's scrimmage," but I can't make the trip down to Austin.
One of our regulars, Mary Youngblood, said she'd give a first-hand account, and I'll call father Brad McCoy next week to see how he thinks the scrimmage went.