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December 21, 2006

Colt McCoy cleared to play in Alamo Bowl

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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was cleared Thursday to play in the Alamo Bowl.

McCoy's status was in doubt after he severely pinched a nerve in his neck in the final minute of a 12-7 loss to Texas A&M on Nov. 24.

The Longhhorns will face Iowa on Dec. 30 in San Antonio.

"I feel like everything is back to normal and I am 100 percent," McCoy said. "It all paid off because I could feel the strength in my arm coming back."

McCoy, a redshirt freshman, set a school record this season with 27 touchdown passes. He passed for 2,262 yards and threw seven interceptions this season.

He led the Longhorns to eight straight wins before he hurt his neck the first time on the first drive of a 45-42 loss at Kansas State on Nov. 11.

Against the Aggies he was able to return to the field, but got visibly weaker as the game went on and threw three interceptions. He was carted off the field with 20 seconds left after taking a hit following an incomplete pass.

Jevan Snead, the No. 2 QB all season, then decided to transfer. That left No. 18 Texas with Matt McCoy, no relation, a fourth-year walk-on who has taken only a handful of snaps in mop-up duty the past two seasons.

For more coverage of Texas, check out Orangebloods.com.

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