Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has won the 2010 Manning Award, given to the top quarterback in college football, organizers announced today. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration a player's bowl performance and the voting panel includes national media members, as well as all three Mannings with experience as NFL quarterback (Archie, Peyton and Eli).
During a teleconference to announce the award, McCoy shared the following information:
-- He was told by Dr. James Andrews, a noted orthopedic surgeon, that his right arm should be "100 percent within two weeks" from the injury he sustained in last week's BCS National Championship Game with rest and rehabilitation. No surgery will be necessary.
-- McCoy has chosen an agent, Dave Dunn, and will rehab in Southern California in preparation for next month's NFL combine. McCoy said he plans to be an active participant at the combine.
-- McCoy designed the engagement ring he presented to his fiancee, Rachel Glandorf, during a Monday night proposal at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
-- McCoy's arm still is not 100 percent from the injury, which Andrews diagnosed as a "burner" that causes temporary numbness in the arm. McCoy said he could lift his arm above his head by halftime of last Thursday's game but struggled to grip the ball or throw with any velocity or accuracy.
-- McCoy said he has been puzzled, and stung, by outsiders' suggestions that he left the game to protect his NFL career and could/should have returned to the game, considering the stakes.
"If the rest of my body was numb and my right arm was healthy, I would have been out there playing," McCoy said. "But that (injury) took away what I could do. That's bad for somebody to say (that he did not do all he could do to compete). I would have done anything in the world to be out there on that stage. I'll question why that had to happen for the rest of my life."
McCoy beat out nine other finalists for the Manning Award, including TCU's Andy Dalton. Other finalists included Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, Brigham Young's Max Hall, Houston's Case Keenum, Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, Boise State's Kellen Moore, Cincinnati's Tony Pike and Florida's Tim Tebow.
_ Jimmy Burch