September 5, 2006

McCoy ready for Saturday's big test

There's the pressure of playing big-time college football and then there's playing quarterback at The University of Texas. As he begins preparations this week for the biggest challenge of his young career, redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy doesn't seem overwhelmed at all at the challenge of facing top-ranked Ohio State. I you read McCoy's interview with the media on Monday, you'd think it's just another day at the office.

Q: We're you content with your performance after watching the film?

A: I made a few mistakes, but overall I thought I played well for a first game. There's definitely things that I can improve on and do better. I definitely have to get better for next week.

Q: Do you think you'll be as relaxed on Saturday against Ohio State as you seemed to be against North Texas?

A: I plan on it. I plan going out there and having fun and playing with my teammates. My teammates did a great job last Saturday. The offensive line blocked great, the running backs ran the ball really well and the receivers caught the ball.

Q: What your secret to controlling your nerves?

A: Just be confident and go out there and have fun. Having fun is the secret. If you have fun, you're going to be loose, relaxed and ready for whatever the defense throws at you, and your teammates will see that also.

Q: Every player that is successful at this level agrees that they were able to turn the page as a player when they really learned how to watch film. Is that something you picked up from hanging around your dad? Are you way ahead in that department because of your upbringing?

A: I did. I watched film growing up. I watched film of a lot of people. What I do when I watch film is I watch the play. I want to know what happens on the play, then I go back and study to see what the defense did and see if I can pick up any tips. Coach (Greg) Davis does a great job of relaying to me how to watch film. When we watch film together, he sees a lot of things and he does a great job of letting me know what he sees.

Q: Do you think that's a strength of yours and one of the reasons why you are so confident?

A: To play quarterback (at Texas), you're going to go up against top-notch competition all the time, so you definitely need to be able to pick up tips and little signs about what (the opponent) is doing defensively. That's your responsibility.

Q: Was last season's Ohio State game really your first exposure to big-time college football? What were you thinking while you watched the game from the sidelines last year?

A: When we played (Louisiana-Lafayette) last year, that was my first big experience. When we went to Ohio State, that was incredible. They have unbelievable fans that are really supportive, so it's going to be a match-up of two good teams.

Q: When did you start to study Ohio State on film? Is that something that started this spring?

A: We watched them in the spring and in the fall, but our main concern was North Texas. We wanted to be focused and ready for North Texas and now its Ohio State week. We're just going to take them one game at a time.

Q: It seems that you are pretty well cemented as the starter right now. What does that do for your confidence when you know that you don't have to look over your shoulder?

A: It's nice. I just have to go out there and play my game, play with my teammates, be confident and loose, and find the end zone with my teammates. I know our defense is going to play great, so if we put points on the board, we've got a good chance to win.

Q: What are your initial thoughts on Ohio State's defense?

A: They are really good and really fast. I know they lost their linebackers and a couple of people off of their secondary, but they are just like us. They are going to have people replace them that are just as good. Watching them on film, they are well-coached and they know what they are doing with their blitzes. What they do in the secondary is really good, so we have a tough challenge. We'll be ready.

Q: Are you glad that A.J. Hawk is in the NFL?

A: He's a beats. I guess you could say that I'm glad he's gone.

Q: Are you kind of curious to see for yourself how you are going to react in an atmosphere like the one you'll play in on Saturday?

A: It's going to be awesome. Now that I've played in a game and have a game under my belt, I just have to go out there and have fun and like I said, play with my teammates. My teammate are going to do a great job and we're going to be well-coached and well-prepared, and we'll see what happens.

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