Oct. 1, 2009
Austin -- Senior QB Colt McCoy has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced.
McCoy is attempting to become UT’s second winner of the award, following C Dallas Griffin, who won in 2007.
A three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection, McCoy is on pace to graduate in December with a degree in sports management. He is a five-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll and one of UT's most active community service participants who was selected to the AFCA (2008) and Big 12 (2007) Good Works teams.
McCoy’s 36-7 career record as a starter ranks first on UT’s all-time victories and is six victories shy of tying Georgia’s David Greene for the all-time NCAA wins record (42). McCoy already holds 44 school records including 14 career, 12 single-season, five single-game, six freshman and seven miscellaneous marks. During his 43-game career, McCoy has completed 928-of-1,320 passes (70.3%) for 10,877 yards and 94 TDs against 38 INTs for a passer rating of 157.3. McCoy’s 928 completions, 1,320 attempts, 70.3 completion percentage, 10,877 yards, 94 TDs and 157.3 passer rating rank first on UT’s all-time lists and he is the first Longhorn to pass for more than 10,000 yards. Overall, McCoy is UT’s all-time leader in total offense and ranks 13th on the NCAA all-time list, having produced 12,161 yards (10,877p/1,284r).
In the first four games this season, McCoy has gone 103-of-145 (71.0%) for 1,145 yards and nine TDs for a 151.0 passer rating, while rushing for another 61 yards and a TD. He is averaging 301.5 total yards per game, which ranks 12th nationally.
In 2008, McCoy was a consensus first-team All-American and named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, Chevrolet NCAA Offensive Player of the Year, Archie Griffin Award winner (Touchdown Club of Columbus) and Sporting News Co-Player of the Year. He and went 332-of-433 (76.7%) for 3,859 yards and 34 TDs, with eight INTs, for a passer rating of 173.8, which ranked third nationally. His 76.7 completion percentage set the NCAA single-season record. He posted a UT-record 4,420 yards of total offense and averaged 7.8 yards per play and 340.0 total yards per game, which ranked fifth nationally.
Nominated by their schools, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Renamed this fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of $277,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.
Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player's academic and athletic accomplishments. The William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist and a Heisman winner.