Born in Hobbs, New Mexico, Colt McCoy developed his football career played at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas under his father. A two-time All-State selection, McCoy ranks fourth all-time in Texas high school passing yardage. Despite Jim Ned only having about 300 students from 9th through 12th grade, McCoy led his team to the Texas 2A State Championship game in 2003.
McCoy joined the Texas Longhorns in 2005, redshirting for their national title run. After Vince Young decided to enter the NFL Draft after the season, McCoy became the starting quarterback in 2006. The redshirt freshman was phenomenal for the Longhorns, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 29 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. After a rocky sophomore campaign where he threw 18 interceptions, McCoy returned to form in 2008, throwing for 3,859 yards, 34 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while completing an astounding 76.7 percent of his passes. McCoy was also a threat on the ground, running for 561 yards and scoring another 11 touchdowns. McCoy led the Longhorns to a 12-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Ohio State, passing for 414 yards and two touchdowns.
2009 was another stupendous year for McCoy, as he passed for 27 touchdowns, 3,521 yards and had a 70.6 percent completion rate, earning him the Maxwell Award. Even more impressive was Texas’ 13-1 record and National Championship Game berth, where the Longhorns fell short 37-21 after McCoy was knocked out of the game in the first quarter. McCoy ended his collegiate career as the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, having won 45 games as a starter.
McCoy was drafted 85th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he played in 24 games, passing for 4,388 yards and 21 touchdowns. In 2013 he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for fifth and seventh round picks.