Former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy said Thursday that his rehabilation from a shoulder injury should be complete in about two weeks and he should be ready to perform in the NFL Combine next month.
McCoy said he has accepted missing most of the final game of his career, playing in only five plays in the Longhorns' 37-21 loss to Alabama in the Citi BCS Championship Game.
"That would have been my biggest game," McCoy said. "We worked the entire year to play for the national championship. And for it to be taken away is tough and hard to deal with. But I've moved on."
After meeting with Dr. James Andrews, McCoy has starting his training regime to prepare himself for the NFL draft.
"My best football is ahead of me," McCoy said. "I'm confident. I'm thankful I'm not rolling in for shoulder surgery. I'll work and recover for a couple of weeks and then I should be golden. You could question 'what if' for the rest of your life, but I've moved on. Everything happens for a reason."
McCoy also denied that he could have returned to the game after sustaining his injury, which he described as "a burner" in his right shoulder on the fifth play of the title game.
"There's no way I could have played," McCoy said. "I did everything I could and even came out after halftime with my pads on. I wanted to be ready to help my team. I know my body and there's no way I could have thrown the ball."
McCoy was presented the Manning Award on Thursday -- an honor for the top national quarterback factoring in their bowl performance.
And even with McCoy's struggles, College Hall of Famer Archie Manning said that McCoy was deserving of the award.
"We had the privilege to get to know Colt when he was attending our academy and then I saw him in December," Manning said. "His outstanding stats and of course his 45 wins (as a starter) are incredible. We regret he didn't have a chance to play more in the game, but he was deserving of the honor."