Small-town quarterback realizing his dream

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (WBRC photo)
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

PASADENA, CA (WBRC) - Texas quarterback Colt McCoy loves his hometown -- all 714 people.

"I would imagine it's a little bit smaller than Montgomery (Alabama)," McCoy joked with reporters.

McCoy talked fondly about his hometown of Tuscola, Texas, a small farming community just south of Abilene which had 714 residents in the 2000 census. McCoy said he is blessed to be playing at Texas.

"It is a small town," McCoy said. "But I would not change where I came from at all. I'm proud to be where I am because there's a lot of young football players that play from small towns, from small schools that sometimes don't have the opportunity," McCoy said. "I'm definitely blessed and fortunate that Coach Brown and Coach Davis found me."

McCoy drew lots of laughs when he was asked if he gets the star treatment when he returns home.

"Well, I think all 700 people probably have an autograph at this point," McCoy said.

McCoy said the team has worked hard to get to this point, playing for a national championship.

"Our team is really close," McCoy said. "The seniors have worked so hard as a group from last year's Bowl game at the Fiesta Bowl to get to the point where we are now. It's been a total team effort."

McCoy said playing for the national championship is a dream come true.

"You want to play for the National Championship," McCoy said. "That was our goal. That was our dream. Now we're realizing that our dream could actually be a reality."

McCoy is wrapping up his senior season at Texas on Thursday. McCoy said going out with a win would be special.

"It's all about wins," McCoy said. "That's the first thing that Coach Brown told me before I ever started playing, going into the first spring practice, was, you have to have your teammates believe in you, trust in you, and know that when you're stepping on the field you're giving them the best opportunity to win. That's kind of been my mentality the past four years."

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