QB's dad says he'll be ready for Texas' bowl game

AUSTIN, Texas -- Injured Texas quarterback Colt McCoy should
be ready to play in a bowl game after suffering a severely pinched
nerves in his neck in the loss to Texas A&M, the player's father
said Tuesday.

"In the hospital, he was killing himself for how he played.
That was hurting him a lot more than the injury," Brad McCoy told
The Dallas Morning News for a story on the paper's Web site.

"But I think with a month to get ready, he'll be fine. I think
Colt's expecting himself to play. Physically, he feels a lot better

The bowl game for No. 17 Texas (9-3) has not yet been determined.

McCoy threw three interceptions in the 12-7 loss. He was taken
off the field on a cart with his head immobilized with 20 seconds
left after taking a hard hit by A&M defensive end Michael Bennett.

Brad McCoy also said he thinks his son's arm strength was off
against A&M and wondered if it was a lingering effect from a
stinger suffered against Kansas State two weeks earlier.

"I've coached him his whole life and I just didn't think he had
his best stuff," Brad McCoy said. "He's so accurate, and he
doesn't throw short very often, and it seemed like his passes got
shorter and shorter as the game wore on. That's just Dad's opinion."

Brad McCoy, his son's football coach at Tuscola Jim Ned, said he didn't fault the Texas team doctors
for clearing Colt to play.

"I told the team doctors that at the hospital," McCoy said.
"I wanted them to know that from the family. We talked to Colt
every day that week, and in his mind he was ready. He didn't feel
like he was in pain at all.

"Maybe there was some strength issue. Colt never said that.
He's a competitor. In that game, on that stage, he wanted to be
there for his teammates. It's unfortunate that maybe he was a
little weaker than he thought he was."