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McCoy has a tip for Bradford
Don't get too fancy, Texas QB warns

By Jake Trotter Published: July 28, 2008
Colt McCoy likens playing quarterback to teenage driving.

"Your freshman year, it's like when you start driving a car, you stop at every stoplight, put your blinker on, you never go above the speed limit,” the Texas quarterback said. "In the second year, you have your driver's license, it's a little tempting, you pass on the double yellow line, you do some crazy things.”

As a freshman, McCoy was spectacular, tossing 29 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.

But following a reckless sophomore year in which he threw 18 interceptions and took 24 sacks, both tying Big 12 highs, McCoy has advice for Oklahoma's sophomore quarterback, Sam Bradford.

"It's super easy in your second year to feel comfortable, to feel you know everything, to feel you don't have to do as much as you did your freshman year,” McCoy said. "But in reality, you have to do that much more. That's what I've learned.”

That's the challenge for Bradford, coming off a brilliant freshman season.

Bradford led the nation in passing efficiency and shattered McCoy's NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes with 36 while only throwing eight picks.

"After his game against us, I kind of jumped on his bandwagon,” McCoy said, referring to Bradford's three-touchdown performance against the Longhorns. "He was doing the same thing I was doing the year before, playing great.

"Nobody really knows how hard it is to come in as a freshman in front of an offensive line that's played for two years.

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Most TD passes by a freshman in a season
Player Year School TDs
Sam Bradford 2007 OU 36
Colt McCoy 2006 Texas 29
David Neill 1998 Nevada 29
Chad Henne 2004 Michigan 25
Kevin Kolb 2003 Houston 25
Ben Roethlisberger 2001 Miami (Ohio) 25
Philip Rivers 2000 NC State 25
John Denton 1996 UNLV 25
Trevor Vittatoe 2007 UTEP 25

Tale of the tape: Bradford vs. McCoy
A look at how Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford and Texas QB Colt McCoy measured up during their freshman seasons:

Bradford vs.


2007 Year


36 TD passes


8 INTs


3,121 Yards


69.5 Completion %


176.52 QB efficiency


1st Rank


11-3 Record


1st Big 12 South finish



Lost 48-28,

West Virginia

Bowl game


Won 26-24,



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