A MAJOR AWARD
By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas
Major Applewhite may be the new running backs coach for the University of Texas, but guess who he'll be talking to a lot?
Yep, you got that right! And that could be the best thing for Colt McCoy as he continues his maturation process.
Honestly, I don't remember a lot about that whole Major Applewhite vs. Chris Simms thing years ago. As an outsider, seems like to me the UT fans took turns disliking one and then the other (although each was pretty good), and they both were called "Opie?" I do remember that Applewhite tore his ACL, and that no doubt limited his "comeback" and subsequent "duel" with Simms.
Fast forward to the new "Opie" ... Colt has to benefit from the presence of the quarterback who dominates most of the numbers on the Individual Passing Records pages of the UT record book.
Let's look at some of the records ... and remember Major was 22-8 as a starter in his career which spanned four years, and Colt is 20-6 after two years.
Colt already holds three records - most TDs (6) in a single game, most TDs in a single season (29) and most completions in a game (32). Major had 4 TDs on three separate occasions, while Colt has had three other games with 4 TDs each. Major holds the most completions in a season record at 271 (bowl games are not counted). If bowls were counted, Colt's 276 this past year would be tops.
The most amazing record Major holds is most conseutive passes without an interception. In 1999 he went 156 without one and then after that pick went 138 without another one - all in the same season!
He was also good at the long ball, with TD throws of 97, 96 and 80 yards in his career. Colt's longest so far is 72 yards.
The two also share a couple of records - most attempts in a game (47), fastest to a 1,000 yards in a single season (4 games) and most 200-yard games in a season (11).
Barring injury or a total collapse, there are several individual records Major holds that Colt could easily surpass. This isn't an all-inclusive list, but you get the idea:
TD career passes - Major with 60; Colt with 50.
Most career 200-yard games - Major with 29; Colt with 16.
Most career yards - Major with 8,353; Colt with 5,699.
Most career attempts - Major with 1,065; Colt with 671.
Most career completions - Major with 611; Colt with 472.
Colt no doubt benefited from a year of watching Vince Young lead the Longhorns to the national championship. Who else could possibly be a better mentor for a young Texas quarterback?
Yep, you got that right!