Look for McCoy to frequently line up under center and run the offense at what the Longhorns call "jet tempo"—a kind of hurry-up on steroids. While he won't need to carry the ball as often as Young did against USC, McCoy will need to gash the Tide for at least 70 to 80 yards. He can do that with zone reads, on quarterback draws and counters. As he demonstrated with a 65-yard touchdown dash on a zone-read play against Texas A&M, McCoy can scoot.
And don't forget the human element. McCoy's 45 collegiate victories are more than any other quarterback's in Division I-A history. After punting away the Heisman in the Nebraska debacle, the senior from Tuscola, Texas, will be playing for pride and redemption, in a game that the Longhorns may very well steal. The Rose Bowl, you may recall, has been very good to them.
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