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Colt McCoy injured, out for the rest of BCS title game

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All-Everything Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy was forced to leave the BCS Championship Game in the first quarter after taking a hit on the first quarter.

McCoy was hurt on the Longhorns' fifth offensive play, when he was tackled at the line on an option keeper.

ABC has reported that he will not return.

McCoy's injury resulted in Texas turning the keys to the offense over to true freshman Garrett Gilbert.

It hasn't gone well without him. Sixteen of the 22 offensive plays the Gilbert-led unit has run have resulted in gains of one yard or less.

Gilbert also had a shuffle pass intercepted and returned by Alabama's Marcel Dareus as the Crimson Tide lead 24-6 at the half.

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Colt -

You are a disappointment to your team and to the game of football! Texas gave you a free education and you showed them your true colors by opting NOT to play for your fellow school and teammates and the program that supported you. Rather, you took the easy way out and opted for the SMALL shot you have at the NFL. (How shallow are you)? I'm a former collegiate athlete and am married to a former NFL LA Raider offensive lineman. Trust me when I say you lost respect amongst your teammates and your fans. I would hope your future teammates can see you are ALL about Colt and no one else. By the way, you might want to lose the pre-madonna attitude!

MCCoy should have gotten back in there he let his team down. He has no right to be in the NFL he will let them down the same way. Man This was the National Championship you let your team down and your fans #3 did a great job

To Kelly Zog and "Let Down Fan"

If you listen to Colt's after-game talk you can hear him say that his arm was numb... as in he physically could not pick it up. Don't bash him because you think you know everything after 10 minutes of primitive, drunken analysis.

OMG! what is wrong with you people? And Kelly, its spelled PRIMADONNA. Don't use big words if you don't know how to spell them.

Actually, instead of bashing him I think the respectable thing to do is to thank him for how far he brought this team... He knows that God is the one who controls his life&i think he made a very respectable statement when questioned by the media... Keep up the good work McCoy.. God will honor you for your hard work

Kelly, the Longhorn Nation is proud of Colt. And is a "pre-madonna" attitude the same thing as a "prima donna" attitude? Just wondering.

He is a young man who sustained an injury. Take it easy! Do you really think he didn't want to play in the National Championship game? He shouldn't have to sacrifice his health and future. My guess is that he wasn't the one to say whether or not he finished the game...they have doctors and coaches who make that decision. Texas played a great game! Congrats to them for an excellent, exciting season!

It's hard to read comments blasting an honorable young man like Colt McCoy. Pretty arrogant of you folks to think that Colt McCoy wouldn't have given anything to be in that game tonight...anything. It might help to have all of the facts before you judge someone's heart...as much as Colt would have liked to play, it might be important to know that he couldn't even feel his arm - it would have been more selfish for him to try to go in and play and not be even remotely close to 100%. It seems the best decision was made for the TEAM, not the individual. Colt, I'll be praying for complete healing for your shoulder so you can continue to use the gifts God blessed you with to glorify Him with your life - both on and off the field. Continue to trust in the promise of Jeremiah 7:17. This Texan is very proud of you for who you are - and you're not a bad football player either.

You both don't realize that he can't feel his arm at all. Life isn't always about doing what is best for everyone else, sometimes you have to do what is best for you (wow startling, I know). I was rooting for 'Bama the whole way, but this is a guy who poured his heart and soul into this game. If you watched the after-game interview, he was near tears. He wanted to be there and play for his team more than anything. That isn't pre-madonna. Once you have that happen to you in the National Championship of anything, let me know then you can judge him or not. Regardless, I amend him for the great season he has had and after his bad fortune I wish him nothing but the best in the future.

How can the two of you say that??? No one knows the true extent of his injuries. You should both know that he WANTED to be in that game, it was Mack Brown, his father, the team doc and others who urged him to stay out. Colt would do absolutely anything for this team!!!! Just because he couldn't play in this game (yeah it was important) doesn't negate all that he did for this team for the four years he played his ever-loving ass for!!!!

HOW SHALLOW OF THE TWO OF YOU to poo-poo him so quickly.

Great job by Gilbert to step up and take the hot seat. A peak of the future of UT football.

Congratulations to the UT players for being in the BCS National Championship. You all played your best in the given situation.

ummm. hello?? His arm was completely numb? How on earth could he have played? He choose to give the glory to his fellow team mate who he knew could preform better than he could. He did what he thought best for the team. Do you honestly think he would have sacrificed the option of winning his team a National Chapionship if he had the option???

Come on people. Didn't you hear him say, "I can't even feel my arm?" I'm pretty sure he would not be able to hold a football, let alone think about all the other things he would have to do on the field if he got back in there. He came back onto the sidelines to help encourage his teammates. That shows his true character. He seeks to follow Christ and he was displaying his faith during the whole game. Praise the Lord for that. Let's also praise Gilbert and the defense for doing an incredible job of stepping up and playing tough throughout the whole second half. Circumstances didn't always go their way, but they kept fighting. It wasn't their game to win, but I'm sure they will cherish the moments and opportunity to play collegiate football in the National Championship for the rest of their lives! HOOK 'EM HORNS!!!!!

Are you all too dense to realize how insane this sounds? He couldn't feel his arm and I bet he wouldn't have been able to feel the ball if he had lost it or if it had left his arm. I wonder if you have ever, ever played a position as QB. Do you understand if you get a cut on an index finger or break your index finger you cannot throw a ball properly? This means if you CANNOT FEEL THE BALL with your index finger, you cannot PLAY QB EVEN REMOTELY WELL. You'd know that even on a level as high as the NFL, no coach would let a QB who can't feel his arm play.

Wow, as a true longhorn fan, I have never been so disapointed! Colt comes back for a senior season and lets them down because of his future? He ruined the game for everyone! His team and College Football fans. I hope he goes down as hard as the Wash St. guy and the Ohio St. guy.

Why all this negative comments about Colt? Yes, our team lost. Colt is hurt. Gilbert sucks naturally because he is a true freshmen. As a longhorn, I am disappointed and sad that we lost but come on guys!! It's just a game. How disappointed do you think Colt must be? What good would it have done if he was in there hurt? Would he help the team? Probably worse than having #3 in there. #3 did OK, but this was not to be, that's all. We had a good run!!! 8 bowl games wins in 10 years and 1 Championship? Be happy with what you have.

All I can say is karma is a bitch. That's what you get for talking smack about OU.

Trust me when I say that the two of you are idiots. If you knew anything at all about Colt McCoy, you'd know that he'd be out there with his team if he could help win the game. Guess what? When you have no feeling in your arm, you can't throw. No one has played harder for this team than Colt.I'm so proud of the Longhorns for not giving up. We'll be back.

OMG, you guys are complete jerks. Colt's physical health and the ability to have use of all his limbs, as a human being, is #1. I suspect he would take the use of his legs and arms any day over playin g football if it came down to the two choices.

Frankly, the decision not to play was an incredibly mature decision, and I applaud the integrity of Mack Brown and the entire UT program for putting the long-term health of a player first over the chance to win a national championship.

I would like to see some sort of heart like Byron Leftwich on the field. It seemed like Colt was just like, oh i'm uncomfortable, screw my team i have to wait and see why my shoulder hurts...a have a draft to worry about. Weak

Colt McCoy is an amazing leader and an inspiration to everyone. Just look at how motivated the team got after Colt came back out after the half. I am so proud to be an alumni from the University of Texas and to have had the chance to watch this team.

God bless you forever Colt McCoy - you have given more than you will ever know to our school and don't ever think for a minute that you've made any bad decisions - I wish you the quickest recovery ever and will keep you in my prayers.

Unbelievable that Kelly Zogg & LetDownFan should bash Colt McCoy like that! Guess there will always be Ignorant Fools among us........

I say, "Thank You, Colt, for an amazing 4 Years! Have appreciated your Outstanding Performance, & it's been fun & inspiring watching you grow as an athlete & as a person. You're a smart, talented and most importantly, wonderfully spiritual young man who knows what is important in life. All the Best to You for a Successful Future in whatever you do."

And Congrats to Garrett Gilbert who did his best along with the Team who Never Gave Up! Couldn't have expected more from a Freshman Quarterback in this situation. Looking forward to watching you play in the future!

Kelly, I'm guessing you were a collegiate athlete at Texas A & M... "Pre Madonna" ? Seriously, if you are going to bash someone, at least do it right. I don't know what sport you played in college, but I'd like to see you do it with a numb arm!

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

Bravo Colt...you are a true warrior...what your future holds the timid like myself can only hope to experience much less obtain..

Whatever he should be shot and hung from a tree in Austin.... He was moving that arm just fine all he was thinking about was his NFL career and he said FU TU... Embarrassed the whole damn State of Texas with his boo boo.... Stop knocking the dudes spelling and worry about how McPus let you down and lost you the National Championship... He is selfish sniveling wench that got a stinger whooooa... Really I glad he was born in NM and not TX

Let's think about this for a moment. During the second half, Colt is on the sidelines walking around. After the second touchdown, he finally shows some emotion and starts high-fiving (with the numb arm, no less.) After the game he tells the world his arm is numb-- he cannot feel anything.
Suppose that was true. Does anyone in their right mind think that if he had a numb arm he would not be at the hospital checking it out? I mean, get real. His arm is NUMB. IT has NO feeling. And yet he is not at the hospital. Total BS.
On the other hand, his wanna be father has spent 21 years as a high school coach, waiting for the chance for his son to get the big pay day in the NFL. This is dad's only chance to get rich. No way is he going to let sonny boy mess that up. Alabama was hitting too hard and dad was too close to millions.
Finally, in Colt's defense, I do believe he wanted to play and was upset his dad would not let him.

okay lets get one thing straight. you people have probably never played football and defintly have never played the quaterback postition. i have. getting hit on the shoulder by a 300 pounder will do some damage. colt worked his ass off for 4 years and would have done anything to be back out there playing. he has a dislocated shoulder and couldnt feel his arm. he couldnt have played with that. you guys think you know something about football but apparently not! UT is a power house and always will no matter who is the qb cause we always get the best athelets. so shut your mouths and go back to the offfice where you guys belong.

Colt Mccoy is a joke. If I was running an NFL team I would not even let him come for a visit. Week after week I watch some tough guys in the NFL play after visable injuries. Ya had a good run in college kid. Call it quits now. Teams are looking for winners, not quitters. "x-ray results are negative"

mcpus u are wrong. McCoy would have went in if he could. Mack Brown didnt let him. Which was a terrible idea and so is your sucky comment. you should hang yourself on a tree in NM.

To everyone who says Colt is a bad player and doesn't deserve his scholarship or the nfl or what ever, have you forgotten who you're talking about? Colt McCoy, the one who owns 47 records with UT and the NCAA. he would have done anything to be out there on that field. No one has the right to bash him because he didn't go out there after an injury. He has a career and a life ahead of him, he has to think about that. Remember that before you blab off your mouths. If you are a real longhorn fan you would feel bad for colt and remember he bleeds orange just like we all do.
As always, Hook 'Em!

-Mota

Here is the truth. Texas finally played a REAL football team. Everybody knows thata the SEC is the toughest place to play. Hell. Colt got hurt on the 5th play? I guess he never really got hit all year. This just proves that when you go up against a REAL football team you can't handle it.

Here is the truth. Texas finally played a REAL football team. Everybody knows thata the SEC is the toughest place to play. Hell. Colt got hurt on the 5th play? I guess he never really got hit all year. This just proves that when you go up against a REAL football team you can't handle

ANYONE WHO LEAVES A NEGATIVE COMMENT ABOUT COLT MCCOY IS AN ABSOLUTE IDIOT. THAT KID, AND LET'S REMEMBER HE'S A 23YR OLD KID GIVES HIS HEART EVERYTIME HE STEPS ON THE FIELD. IF THERE WAS A WAY HE COULD HAVE PLAYED HE WOULD HAVE WENT BACK IN. ALL I CAN THINK IS THAT SOME OF YOU WITH YOUR NEGATIVE COMMENTS ARE NOT OR NEVER WILL BE AN ATHELETE. SOMETIMES A HIT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE MUCH, BUT CAUSES MANY PROBLEMS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THE INJURY IS IN YOUR THROWING ARM. ANYONE WHO IS A TRUE FAN AND FELT COLT'S PAIN SHOULD HAVE SHED A TEAR AS I DID. WHEN I WATCHED HIS INTERVIEW I SAW THE PAIN HE WAS FEELING AND I FELT FOR THIS FINE YOUNG MAN.

Yall have no idea what yall r talkin bout when yall say that he ruined the game and that he is selfish for thinking bout his future. First thing he didnt make the call to not com back he begged his coaches to let him and the training staff his dad and the coahes said no. plus there is no slim hope of him playing in the nfl he will and will do amazing since the nfl is set up for a passin qb with the accuracy of Colt McCoy. But to b a passing qb in the nfl he kinda needs his shoulder! Colt came back out of the lockerroom to the sideline and still helped to will his team back to within 3 and help to settle down the young back up gilbert. Colt wasnt on the field and still made an impact in the game for the good of the team. Im an athlete myself and i kno his team put his health before the game or atleast any good teamate would. So for all yall who call him a disgrace yall r to selfish to think of this kids bright nfl future. Good luck Colt in the nfl. Im still a proud TEXAS fan and still happily a COLT MCCOY FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a big UT fan, but I will not make excuses for my team or a player. Colt should have at least tried to go back in for his team. I broke my ankle as a running back in a high school game and attempted to go back in before I decided I was hurt. My x-ray results were positive and I was back strong the very next season. A mildly hurt Colt would've been better than the Freshman.

Football is just becoming a sport for money hungry individuals instead of the man's sport it used to be. If he's lucky enough to get to a Super Bowl, I hope he does not sit out again if he has a mild injury. When it's all said and done it's about the legacy and not the money or possibility of injury. You have to take risks to have a legacy.

My problem is in McCoy's statement that "If I was in the game I knew it would be different." How arrogant! Is he that full of himself? Is he the sole factor that makes Texas competitive?

Injuries are part of football. If Bama had lost Mark Ingram, yeah, it would have been different...and that risk was always there. McCoy's number came up, he got hurt, and he showed that, in the final analysis, it's all about him.

I have no doubt he will fail in the NFL (if he makes it that far).

Clearly any person that has a single bad thing to say about Colt Mccoy has never met him. We are talking about a person. A person that wakes up for practice every single day of his college life at 6 am to give everything he has to the Texas football team (which I am sure is more than most of you can say you were doing as a college student). A person that spends every Friday afternoon before a home game visiting sick kids in an Austin hospital. A person that RARELY misses an FCA meeting or isn't seen at church on Sunday. I know that Colt Mccoy would do anything for his team and I respect Coach Brown beyond words for putting the health of a player before a shiny new trophy to put up in the locker room. I know a lot of Coaches that wouldn't be willing to give that up for a kid that wouldn't even be his responsibility after the night. I have never been more proud to be a Texas fan. Watching a player walk out of the stadium after the game, point to heaven and tell him mom "He doesn't make mistakes" with tears in his eyes, is worth more than a thousand National championship trophies. I realize that in 20, 30, 50 years no one will remember more than the fact that Alabama won the National championshp on January 7, 2010, but today, I am so honored and belssed to know that I am supporting such a selfless, honorable group of people. I know that everyone has his own opinion and bias regarding college football, and I respect that. I also, sat here and cried as I read someone comment that "he should be shot and hung from a tree in Austin". Colt is more than a #12 on a UT jersey throwing a football on your tv every Saturday. I have no idea who you are, but if you have a son, or a brother, or a family, or a friend that you love, that is someone's Colt Mccoy. I know to you he is just a quaterback that you see on tv and probably think he gets way too much praise of being such a good person, but I can tell you that every nice thing said about Colt is the absolute truth. I pray that you find peple in your life that appreciate the opportunities they have been given and have chosen to live life to its absolute fullest in His name, as Colt has. I would rather be sitting right here without a National Title than know that I was supporting a team that cared only about the here and now of honors and credit given by men. Bama played a great game and they are a fantastic football team. I wish that we had been given the opportunity to play them in a more "fair" match up as we were expecting to, but everything happens for a reason. Also, to Garrett you are a phenomenal fotball player and person. I cannot wait to see the kind of leader and quarterback you are going to grow into for this team. You were put in one of the most high pressure situations any 18 year old could ever be thrown into and I am impressed beyond words at your performance. You will continue to improve physically as a player and I hope that you continue also to grow as a humble and selfless person as you are today. I am so so so proud to call myself a longhorn and love cheering for a group of guys I respect so much. Hook 'em.

Clearly any person that has a single bad thing to say about Colt Mccoy has never met him. We are talking about a person. A person that wakes up for practice every single day of his college life at 6 am to give everything he has to the Texas football team (which I am sure is more than most of you can say you were doing as a college student). A person that spends every Friday afternoon before a home game visiting sick kids in an Austin hospital. A person that RARELY misses an FCA meeting or isn't seen at church on Sunday. I know that Colt Mccoy would do anything for his team and I respect Coach Brown beyond words for putting the health of a player before a shiny new trophy to put up in the locker room. I know a lot of Coaches that wouldn't be willing to give that up for a kid that wouldn't even be his responsibility after the night. I have never been more proud to be a Texas fan. Watching a player walk out of the stadium after the game, point to heaven and tell him mom "He doesn't make mistakes" with tears in his eyes, is worth more than a thousand National championship trophies. I realize that in 20, 30, 50 years no one will remember more than the fact that Alabama won the National championshp on January 7, 2010, but today, I am so honored and belssed to know that I am supporting such a selfless, honorable group of people. I know that everyone has his own opinion and bias regarding college football, and I respect that. I also, sat here and cried as I read someone comment that "he should be shot and hung from a tree in Austin". Colt is more than a #12 on a UT jersey throwing a football on your tv every Saturday. I have no idea who you are, but if you have a son, or a brother, or a family, or a friend that you love, that is someone's Colt Mccoy. I know to you he is just a quaterback that you see on tv and probably think he gets way too much praise of being such a good person, but I can tell you that every nice thing said about Colt is the absolute truth. I pray that you find peple in your life that appreciate the opportunities they have been given and have chosen to live life to its absolute fullest in His name, as Colt has. I would rather be sitting right here without a National Title than know that I was supporting a team that cared only about the here and now of honors and credit given by men. Bama played a great game and they are a fantastic football team. I wish that we had been given the opportunity to play them in a more "fair" match up as we were expecting to, but everything happens for a reason. Also, to Garrett you are a phenomenal fotball player and person. I cannot wait to see the kind of leader and quarterback you are going to grow into for this team. You were put in one of the most high pressure situations any 18 year old could ever be thrown into and I am impressed beyond words at your performance. You will continue to improve physically as a player and I hope that you continue also to grow as a humble and selfless person as you are today. I am so so so proud to call myself a longhorn and love cheering for a group of guys I respect so much. Hook 'em.

You people are idiots. The game would have been different had Colt been playing. It would have been different if anything had changed. Colt has never said an arrogant word in his life, and he woud never be disrespectful to a teammate as you are implying. I'm sorry to the OU fan that is jealous they were not playing in Pasadena, but you had your shot last year and will again soon I am sure. To every Texas fan that is speaking badly about Colt: please choose another team to support becasue we certainly do not need people like you disgracing the honor and sleflssness that the UT football team has built. Hook 'em.

Word to the wise (and also to you Mr. McPus): Insult Colt's playing ability all you want, but don't insult his character. It only makes you appear ignorant and rude.

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