Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, a junior who is a Heisman Trophy candidate, plans to file the necessary paperwork with NFL officials after the season to request feedback about his prospects in the 2009 draft.
Although he said his intent is to return for his senior season, McCoy said it would be “foolish” not to check out his NFL prospects.
“You have to look at it. I think that would not be right if you didn’t check into it,” McCoy said. “I don’t know what will happen, but I plan on being back here … I want to play four years here. Not very many people have had the opportunity to do that.”
McCoy, who set the school record for career victories as a starting quarterback (31) with Thursday’s 49-9 triumph over Texas A&M, indicated only a first-round projection would trigger his early departure. As of Thursday, he was not projected as a first-round pick by any scouting service that lists underclassmen players.
“All I’m saying is, if you were a first-round pick, would you go?,” McCoy said. “We’ll see what happens. You have to weigh everything. You have to weigh coming back for your senior year and playing with your teammates and your coaches and your best friends. I think that’s something really hard to leave.”
Asked if being projected as someone targeted to go in the second round or later would make his decision easier, McCoy said: “Yes.”
Reflecting on the possibility of being a four-year starter at Texas, McCoy said: “That’s something that’s really special to me and important to me. I think we would win a lot of games next year, too.”
_ Jimmy Burch