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Colt McCoy looking forward to eighth NFL season, future of Texas’ football program

Posted June 19th, 2017

Story highlights
  • This is the sixth year that the former Texas quarterback has held his youth football camp in Austin.
  • He's entering his eighth NFL season and fourth with the Redskins, but has thrown only 11 passes the last two years.
  • McCoy likes what he saw from Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger this spring, and also lauded UT's receiving corps.

Before he was a Westlake wunderkind or a four-star freshman at Texas, Sam Ehlinger was a participant at Colt McCoy’s annual youth football camp.

That stop on Ehlinger’s timeline is not lost on McCoy.

“You make me feel old with that,” the 30-year-old Washington Redskins quarterback and former UT star said.

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McCoy met the media on Monday during a break at his annual Colt McCoy Football ProCamp, now in its sixth year. Earlier in the morning he worked out with Texas players and Yancy McKnight, UT’s new strength and conditioning coach.

McCoy appeared optimistic about the direction the Texas program is heading. “I think they’re poised and ready to make some noise,” he said.

Longhorns coach Tom Herman has not named a starter at McCoy’s old position. Sophomore Shane Buechele threw 21 touchdowns last season and his 2,958 yards broke McCoy’s freshman-season mark that he set in 2006. Ehlinger is a four-star prospect from Westlake who enrolled early and went through spring drills.

McCoy said he observed some struggles this spring as the quarterbacks adapted to a new offense. He was, though, pleased with what he saw of Buechele and Ehlinger, and he also lauded UT’s deep receiving corps.

“It’s never a bad thing to have two guys who can play, so we’ll see where that goes,” McCoy said. “When you talk about our football team, but in college football in general, if you have a gunslinger, if you have a guy who can play at that position, you always have a chance to win games. I know that coach Herman feels good about that spot right now.”

Colt McCoy of the Washington Redskins hands the ball off in the first quarter against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

McCoy is entering his eighth NFL season, and his fourth as a Redskin. Backing up Kirk Cousins, he didn’t get into a game in 2016 and has thrown only 11 passes the past two years. But he said Monday that he had his “best spring so far” and feels a sense of comfort having been in head coach Jay Gruden’s system for four years.

Washington has placed a franchise tag on Cousins but the two sides have yet to agree on a long-term contract. Cousins is the expected starter, but senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams recently told the NFL Network that, “We got a capable backup here in Colt McCoy, who can hold the fort down for a while or even take it the long distance.”

“I’ll always be ready,” McCoy said. “Kirk’s had two really good years and I know he’s looking forward to another great year. If something happens or if the team needs to count on me, I know they have confidence in me and I’ll be ready to go.”

Colt McCoy coaches campers at the Baylor Scott & White Health Colt McCoy Football ProCamp at Westlake High School on Monday June 19, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

McCoy held court with nearly 200 young players on Monday at Westlake High School. The youngest were first-graders, but McCoy was asked about the advice he’d give the seventh- and eighth-grade participants. He denounced the concept of specialization at a young age and audibled to a discussion about multi-sport participation. When McCoy was at Tuscola Jim Ned, he also ran hurdles in track and led the basketball team to a Class 2A state championship game appearance in 2005.

“Some of the most athletic guys out here are the guys playing quarterback,” said McCoy, whose camp runs through Tuesday. “I’m like, you should be the point guard, you should play shortstop, you should play golf or play tennis or always be competing. When the time comes, if you’re good enough, they’re going to find you.”

PHOTOS: Colt McCoy’s annual football camp on June 19

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