QB's dad says he'll be ready for Texas' bowl game

Updated: November 29, 2006, 12:30 AM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Injured Texas quarterback Colt McCoy should be ready to play in a bowl game after suffering a severely pinched nerves in his neck in the loss to Texas A&M, the player's father said Tuesday.

"In the hospital, he was killing himself for how he played. That was hurting him a lot more than the injury," Brad McCoy told The Dallas Morning News for a story on the paper's Web site.

"But I think with a month to get ready, he'll be fine. I think Colt's expecting himself to play. Physically, he feels a lot better already."

The bowl game for No. 17 Texas (9-3) has not yet been determined.

McCoy threw three interceptions in the 12-7 loss. He was taken off the field on a cart with his head immobilized with 20 seconds left after taking a hard hit by A&M defensive end Michael Bennett.

Brad McCoy also said he thinks his son's arm strength was off against A&M and wondered if it was a lingering effect from a stinger suffered against Kansas State two weeks earlier.

"I've coached him his whole life and I just didn't think he had his best stuff," Brad McCoy said. "He's so accurate, and he doesn't throw short very often, and it seemed like his passes got shorter and shorter as the game wore on. That's just Dad's opinion."

Brad McCoy, his son's football coach at Tuscola Jim Ned, said he didn't fault the Texas team doctors for clearing Colt to play.

"I told the team doctors that at the hospital," McCoy said. "I wanted them to know that from the family. We talked to Colt every day that week, and in his mind he was ready. He didn't feel like he was in pain at all.

"Maybe there was some strength issue. Colt never said that. He's a competitor. In that game, on that stage, he wanted to be there for his teammates. It's unfortunate that maybe he was a little weaker than he thought he was."

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