Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis is hoping Heisman history repeats itself when it comes to Longhorns’ quarterbacks. If so, the ’Horns soon will be collecting their second BCS crystal football in a four-year span. But that’s a big “if.”
The background: In 2005, after then-Texas quarterback Vince Young finished second in Heisman balloting to USC running back Reggie Bush, Davis sent a text message to Young. Essentially, Davis told his QB that he was “my Heisman winner.” Young responded: “Game on.”
A few weeks later, Young followed up by outshining Bush -- the Heisman recipient -- in a Rose Bowl showdown for the national championship. Young racked up 467 total yards and scored the winning touchdown with 19 seconds remaining to give No. 2 Texas a 41-38 victory over No. 1 USC.
The follow-up: When current Texas quarterback Colt McCoy finished third in balloting for the 2009 Heisman Trophy on Dec. 12, Davis sent a similar message to McCoy, saying he was Davis’ choice to win the award that went to Alabama running back Mark Ingram -- the offensive catalyst of the team the Longhorns will face in the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
McCoy’s response mirrored the message Young sent four years earlier: “Game on.”
Davis shared the story today at a news conference in Austin, adding that he hopes history will repeat itself with a Texas triumph in Pasadena as well. McCoy said he was aware of Young’s response in 2005 and considered it appropriated four years later.
“I answered the way I felt,” said McCoy, who finished second to Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford in the 2008 Heisman balloting. McCoy said his runner-up finish in 2008 was “a lot more disappointing” than his third-place finish in 2009 because of what remains on the table for this year’s team.
“We still have a lot to play for, so I wasn’t upset,” McCoy said. “The national championship has always been the main thing for me. The only disappointing thing (about the Heisman) is that I couldn’t bring it home for my teammates. We’ve always considered it a team award.”
_ Jimmy Burch