Carter Strickland writes about how Case McCoy and Jaxon Shipley will lead Texas against Oklahoma.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Tucked away in a corner of New Mexico, Case McCoy was completing passes to Jaxon Shipley. A seventh-grader playing catch with a sixth-grader.
Even then, the family bonds were strong. Pickup games, hunting trips, and of course, football.
But here in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains next to the Tecolote Creek, McCoy threw to Shipley.
"It was all they wanted to do," said Chance McCoy, Case's older brother. "You couldn't get them to do anything else. From that point on you could tell Case and Jaxon had a plan."
Their brothers, Colt and Jordan, would become Texas legends. They set numerous Longhorns records, won two Big 12 titles and, maybe more importantly, defeated Oklahoma twice.
Case and Jaxon wanted to be next.
Strickland writes: Malcolm Brown is Texas' leading rusher, and he'll be needed against Oklahoma, while his teammates expect a breakout performance soon.
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