Monday, October 14, 2013
Player of the week: Big 12
By Max Olson
A week ago, Texas quarterback Case McCoy called playing Oklahoma his legacy game. And he was right.
He might have just nine career starts, but McCoy has two large feathers in his cap as a Longhorn. He won the final game against Texas A&M, and now he’s handed his senior class a victory against Oklahoma to end three years of futility.
For his efforts, McCoy is ESPN.com’s Big 12 Player of the Week. In between all of Texas’ rushing, McCoy threw for 190 yards on 13-of-21 passing with two of the finest touchdown throws of his career.
The first was a 59-yard score on a Marcus Johnson wheel route on third down. McCoy dropped back and fired off a 30-yard pass that dropped right into Johnson’s hands. The second, a 38-yard fade pass that Mike Davis hauled in one step from the end zone.
McCoy admitted they were about as good of throws as he’s had, and there’s no question he’s playing with as much confidence as ever.
So is Texas facing a bonafide quarterback controversy now? Brown offered his take on the McCoy-David Ash debate on Monday during the Big 12 teleconference.
"It is Case's team until David returns, and then we'd have to consider David and Case and go back and figure it out,” he said. “Until we're told Davis is returning to practice, Case is the only one who's taken a snap at quarterback. At this point it is Case's team. When David returns we'll obviously have to look at it, but that's not an issue today."
Texas players have had no issue rallying around McCoy, who spoke proudly after the game of being an underdog his whole career and life.
Right now he’s at the top of the Big 12, with a 3-0 conference record and a large heap of hope after a win over the No. 12 team in the country. That legacy of his is in pretty good shape, and it gets even better if he can keep Texas' three-game win streak going.