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Teammates throwing support behind McCoy

11/23/2011

AUSTIN, Texas -- Marquise Goodwin is relying on bloodlines.

“He's got it in his blood,” the wide receiver said of quarterback Case McCoy. “You saw what his brother did two years ago. He's got it in him.”

The hope for Texas is that somehow Colt’s little brother can tap into some of the McCoy magic and lead Texas to one final victory over Texas A&M.

At least this week, Case will get the chance. While both quarterbacks may play, it appears as if the coaching staff has settled on McCoy to be the starter over David Ash.

The move was made in hopes of generating points, something Texas has been unable to do the last few weeks. With McCoy, the Longhorns get a more accurate passer who has the ability to move the pocket and throw on the run.

They also get a quarterback who has some moxie.

“Case has got a sense of confidence that I don't know how he gets it,” H-back Blain Irby said. “But whenever he comes in the game during the year, I remember even this last game, when he came in, he just had a calm state of mind. And I think that's what you need at quarterback.”

That calm will be tested by a defense that is No. 1 in the FBS is sacks. The Aggies, using multiple fronts, have averaged 3.73 sacks per game. Texas, despite primarily being a running team, has allowed 2.2 sacks per game.

That’s a stat that is heavily in the Aggies’ favor. Also in the Aggies’ favor is that, while Ash finally learned to start getting rid of the ball when a clear passing situation didn’t present itself, McCoy has been on the bench watching instead of doing. So, McCoy’s timing could be off and he could hold on to the ball.

That, in turn, can lead to devastating sacks like Texas suffered against Oklahoma.

On the flip side of that, the Aggies’ pass defense is porous.

Texas A&M allows 292 passing yards per game. That’s 118th out of 120 FBS teams. The Aggies also only have six interceptions and are near the bottom of the FBS in turnover margin. Again, both stats bode well for a young quarterback.

How much McCoy is allowed to utilize the passing game remains a question. Undoubtedly the Longhorns’ primary objective will be to establish the run with Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown. But, like Missouri and Kansas State, the defense will load the box, trying to force the throw, which means it may come down to McCoy.

McCoy’s teammates feel that he is ready to have that responsibility placed on his shoulders and right arm.

“Sometimes you've got to let your wings out and fly the coop,” offensive lineman David Snow said.