Combine Q&A: Texas QB Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy (Jeff Gross/Getty)

Colt McCoy proved he knows how to win at Texas, but he isn't expected to win the battle of the first quarterback selected in the 2010 NFL draft. Part of that is because of a shoulder injury that limited his season. He answered questions about his health, his leadership and finding ways to win.

Colt McCoy approached the podium for his media interview this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and saw a mess of audio recorders cued and ready to go. It just didn't look right to him.

"Somebody give me a good formation up here or some plays (for these records)," he said. "Line ‘em up a 4-3 defense, so I can figure out how I'm going to beat it."

And with that McCoy started an interview in which he tried to make a case for himself being a high-round draft pick. Here are the highlights of the interview with the Texas quarterback:

What was the shoulder problem?

"Yeah, my shoulder is doing great. I'm way ahead of schedule. It's unfortunate I'm not going to throw here. I'm bummed out. I would love to get out there and compete; I'd love to get out there and throw. But I sat down with Dr. Andrews and the physical therapist and it was in my best interests to just wait to my Pro Day to throw. Not that I can't get out there and throw, but we don't want to do anything that's going to set it back. But it's healing up great, I'm throwing every day. I'm on a strict routine, but I'm confident that everything is going well and I'll be 100 percent ready to go in a couple weeks."

What is the injury?

"I just had a nerve injury in my deltoid. It's not even actually my shoulder, and just weird injury. Hard to describe, hard to explain. Only thing I can say is, there was no pain, there was never pain involved in the whole injury, the whole situation. It was just completely dead. My arm was dead, my fingers were dead, I couldn't grip anything, really couldn't throw anything at all to raise up my arm. During the game was tough. Couple days later, regained all my feeling in my fingers and in my arm. Just been battling the weakness part of it ever since."

Is it getting stronger?

"It's a lot stronger. In the weight room, in the activities that I do, I can't tell a difference. My arm is coming along great, it's healed great, so I'm very excited about that."

On his comparisons to Drew Brees

"That's great. Drew's a tremendous quarterback, one of the best in the league. If my name's mentioned in the same sentence as his, that's an honor to me."

"I think they compare us because we're not the typical 6-4 guys standing back there at quarterback, but I work very hard, I'm determined, I have a lot of intangibles that I can't measure. But I'm excited about this process and my shoulder's going to be completely fine."

You competed with Sam Bradford, but why aren't you compared to him?

"Sam and I are great friends. We're pulling for each other in this whole deal. We talked about our shoulders, we've talked about our rehab, and the process and how it's not that fun. But at the same time, he's a guy I'll be playing with in the NFL for the next 10 years. Definitely pulling for him. I know he's pulling for me. You just gotta compete through this whole process. I'm excited about my pro day. Ready to go out there and show my shoulder's fine. I can make every throw and I'll be 100 percent ready to go."

Why aren't you in the conversation about the No. 1 quarterback?

"I set huge expectations for myself. I definitely see myself up there. For me, I'm not worried about what people say, what people think about me. I did my absolute best in college. I played for four years. I started 53 games in a row and so I don't know what more anybody can ask of me. My height's a knock. It is 6-1 and a quarter. That's what God gave me. I'm going to use it the best I can."

Does it mean anything to you when Drew Brees goes out 6-foot, MVP of Super Bowl?

"I hope you guys can see that because I see that. Drew's a tremendous football player. He's worked his tail off to get to the point where he is. To play in the National Football League you have to be pretty special. I understand that. I'm going to continue to do what I've done my whole career. That's work harder than anybody else, that's prepare better than anybody else. And I can't wait for the opportunity."

What people look for in a QB is leadership skills. What about your skills there?

"Leadership is a tough word. It's hard to talk about. A lot of guys can say things about it, but can't back it up. I was fortunate enough, God gave me the ability and opportunity to play for four years at the U of Texas, which was a dream for me. I learned a lot of lessons on leadership through those four years.

"My freshman year, I stood in the huddle with five guys who had just won the national championship and just played with Vince Young. You can imagine what that's like in spring ball trying to call a play in front of them. And they're like, ‘I'm not listening to you, dude. You're a freshman.' Overcoming that and where I am today, a lot of leadership lessons learned and a lot of lessons that will carry on into the NFL."

What is a team getting in you?

"I'm a hard worker, I'm the first one to get there the last one to leave. You can ask my teammates, my coaches. I'm committed to winning, finding a way to win, whatever it takes. One of my greatest strengths is, when it's uncomfortable in the pocket, when you have to make a play and sling the ball, throw it around, when you're just in shorts and t-shirts and look pretty. When it's uncomfortable, when we have to make a play, I feel like that's one of my greatest strengths."

Is it a hindrance for your draft stock having played in the shotgun so much?

"If you go back and look at my freshman and sophomore years, we were about 30 percent under center, so it's not foreign to me at all. I realize that's something I really need to work on because the last two years we didn't spend that much time underneath center. We probably were three, four, five times a game underneath. We ran some play-action out of it, but that's about it. We played to our personnel, we played with what we had and we won a lot of games. But playing underneath the center is not foreign to me. The good thing with my shoulder after the game for about three weeks I wasn't able to throw, so I committed myself to working on my feet, working on my drops, my play-action drops. My feet are going to be perfectly fine."


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