Colt McCoy Visits New Orleans to Accept Manning Award
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Colt McCoy, the Texas star and the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, was officially presented with the 2010 Manning Award on Wednesday evening at the Louisiana Superdome. The Manning Award, now in its sixth year of recognizing the top collegiate quarterback in the nation, was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. The award is voted on by a panel of local and national media, as well as each of the Mannings.
"I'm very honored to be able to win the Manning Award," McCoy said. "I did get to know Archie, Peyton and Eli at the (Manning) camp this summer, and they have helped me a lot this year and through the process of getting started in the NFL. I'm very thankful for their relationship, and to have an award named after them and their family - they're a true football family - is very special to me. You also always have to mention Cooper when you mention the Manning family. This is very special to me and to The University of Texas. I'm very honored and privileged to win the Manning Award."
McCoy led Texas to a perfect 13-0 regular season record and a slot in the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif. For the season, he completed 70.6 percent of his passes (332-of-470) for 3,521 yards with 27 touchdowns while rushing for another 348 yards with three TDs. A product of Tuscola, Texas, McCoy is the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history with a 45-8 career record.
"We have had the privilege to be associated with five outstanding quarterbacks since 2005," Archie Manning said. "And we are thrilled to welcome Colt McCoy to the list of Manning Award winners. I have been a long-time follower of college football and what Colt has accomplished on the field is very difficult to match. He has won so many awards for his accomplishments, but I think the one statistic which says it all is that he won more games than any other quarterback in the history of college football."
The first QB in major college football history to lead a team to four 10-win seasons, McCoy is also is the first QB in Texas history to lead his team to consecutive 12-win seasons and just the second Longhorn, joining 2006 Manning Award winner Vince Young, to lead his team to consecutive 11-win seasons.
"Colt McCoy has proven over the last few years that he is one of the top college football players of all-time," said Sugar Bowl President David Melius. "His accomplishments on the field have been extraordinary, but in addition to his greatness on the field, Colt has been a tremendous citizen and teammate."
The senior threw just two passes, completing both, in the BCS Championship Game, before suffering a shoulder injury on the fifth play which forced him to sit out the remainder of the game, a 37-21 loss to Alabama.
In addition to the Manning Award this season, McCoy has won the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award (nation's top player), Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top QB) and Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation's top senior QB). He was a unanimous All-America selection, as well as being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both The Associated Press and league's coaches.
McCoy holds 47 University of Texas records including 16 career, 13 single-season, five single-game, six freshman and seven miscellaneous marks. During his 53-game career, McCoy completed 1,157-of-1,645 passes (70.3%) for 13,253 yards and 112 TDs (45 INTs) for a passer rating of 155.0. His 13,253 yards are sixth on the NCAA all-time list, his 112 TD passes are seventh and his 70.3 career completion percentage is just shy of the NCAA record of 70.4 percent, which is held by Colt Brennan (Hawaii).
In addition, McCoy has rushed for 1,571 yards and 20 TDs on 447 carries (3.5 ypc) and has rushed and passed for a TD in the same game 14 times during his career. In combining his passing (112) and rushing (20) TDs, McCoy ranks sixth on the NCAA list and first on UT's TD responsible for list with 132.
Winner of the 2009 Bobby Bowden Award (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, McCoy graduated in December with a degree in sports management. He also is one of UT's most active community service participants and has been selected to the Allstate AFCA and Big 12 Good Works teams. McCoy has spent his last two spring breaks traveling to Peru to perform mission work, and he regularly serves as a featured speaker representing the FCA and individually.
McCoy is the sixth winner of the Manning Award, which began following the 2004 regular season. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award followed by Boston College's Matt Ryan in 2008 and Tebow last year. Leinart was selected No. 10 in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals; the same year that Young went third overall to the Tennessee Titans. In 2007, Russell was the No. 1 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders, while the Atlanta Falcons selected Ryan No. 3 overall in 2008.
McCoy edged 2009 winner Tim Tebow in this year's voting after finishing second in balloting last season. The eight other finalists for this year's award were Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Andy Dalton (TCU), Max Hall (BYU), Case Keenum (Houston), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Kellen Moore (Boise State) and Tony Pike (Cincinnati).