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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:06 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Matthew Girard

Killeen Daily Herald

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's name is everywhere. Most notably, the junior's name is popping up on award lists.

For the second time this season, McCoy was named the Big 12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week Monday after leading the newly No. 1-ranked Longhorns to a come-from-behind 45-35 win against the then No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

McCoy was 28-of-35 passing for 277 yards and a touchdown against the Sooners. For the season he is completing almost 80 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,557 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The Tuscola native's name is also appearing on some of college football's most prestigious award watch lists as well. McCoy is a member of the Davey O'Brien (best quarterback) and Maxwell (player of the year) award watch lists and is ranked No. 3 on ESPN.com's 2008 Heisman Trophy watch list.

Despite the attention McCoy is receiving, he said he is only worried about winning football games.

"The most important thing for me to do was to get a win," McCoy said after the game on Saturday. "That was the main goal. To be able to execute Coach (Greg) Davis' plan was awesome. We were able to attack and throw the ball, and we have to give credit to the offensive line. If there are any awards at the end of the season, they are team awards. I truly feel that way."

McCoy is fourth in the nation in passer efficiency at 189.0 and is ninth in the nation in total offense, averaging 317.5 yards of total offense per game this season.

Wide receiver Jordan Shipley said there are not many quarterbacks better than his roommate.

"He is one of the better quarterbacks in the country right now," Shipley said. "He is playing at an extremely high level right now and has a lot of confidence. We are all trying to win the next game right now and that is our attitude."

Shipley, who caught 11 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown against the Sooners, was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior's 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with the Longhorns trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, spurred Texas to its upset win against the Sooners.

"We needed a big play and I have to give all the credit to the guys blocking," Shipley said of his first career touchdown return. "They opened up the holes and they made it happen. I was a lot of fun to be able to make a big play."

Oklahoma State linebacker Andre Sexton rounded out the weekly conference awards after being tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Week. In the Cowboys' 28-23 upset win against the then No. 3-ranked Missouri Tigers, Sexton had a game-high 13 tackles and an interception.

Contact Matthew Girard at mgirard@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7569.

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