Got my Sporting News College Football Preview magazine yesterday.
Yep, that's right. Colt McCoy was on the cover - along with OU's Sam Bradford and Florida's Tim Tebow. Pretty nice cover (even though it was 'shopped), but I don't have a digital version to share with you. You'll have to settle for this photo collage (at right) from last season.
Each of the three QBs had two pages devoted to him, which included their own byline story.
Colt talks about last spring when he had to go to class "incognito" so he wouldn't get stopped so much (but he doesn't mind).
Colt also mentions why he came back for his senior year, and the bottom line is he likes playing college football. He said it feels "a little different this year, maybe a little bit more intense than in the past."
The mantra for the Longhorns this season is "Let's raise it another level," Colt writes. They know what 12-1 feels like. The next step, of course, would be what 14-0 feels like.
I liked what new Texas wideout and former QB competitor, John Chiles, said about Colt: "The thing I'm always mosts impressed with is how he handles the spotlight ... Most importantly, he's still the same guy I first met on my recruiting trip."
That's the quality that's put Colt on the top of everyone's pre-season list for all the awards, of course, but it's also what makes him such a nice guy.
GREAT COMPANY: I don't remember seeing a Sporting News that mentioned so many former Abilene area football players. Colt, of course, played high school ball for Jim Ned in Tuscola, and then:
-- Abilene Wylie's Case Keenum, now at Houston, expected to be a conference MVP and lead the Cougars to a BCS bowl. He had over 5,200 yards of total offense in 2008 and 51 TDs. My wife, editor of Wylie Weekly, is hoping to start a "Keenum's Korner" in the publication during the season.
-- Former Abliene High Eagle Taylor Potts is expected to follow in Graham Harrell's footsteps at Texas Tech. In fact, the Sporting News says he will do just that and lead the nation in passing yardage. Glad he's finally getting a chance to show his stuff.
-- Jevan Snead, one of the state's top prep QBs while playing at Stephenville, is also expected to bring Ole Miss back to glory in 2009. Longhorn fans will remember him, of course, for coming into the Kansas State game in 2006 when Colt suffered a stinger and only falling 3 points short (45-42) of bringing his team a victory after trailing by three touchdowns. He headed for Mississippi in 2007.