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July 29, 2013

Top 10 all-time quarterbacks in Texas college football

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In 2009, McCoy won his second-straight Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell, the Manning, the Chic Harley and the Davey O'Brien, among many others, and was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy for the second-straight year. He was also named Player of the Year by multiple outlets. 

He is one of only three FBS quarterbacks to average 10 wins per season for four seasons. It was a no brainer for Texas to retire his number "12" jersey after he graduated. Although McCoy has not seen much success in the NFL, he definitely left his mark in Austin and on college football at large.

2. Davey O'Brien, TCU (1935-38): Davey O'Brien: the name and likeness of whom are on the award given annually to college football's most outstanding quarterback. Need I say more? 

Speaking of tough acts to follow, O'Brien became the starter in Fort Worth immediately after Sammy Baugh's graduation in 1936 and expectations were as high as ever in Cowtown. But like the Biblical David, O'Brien did not back down from a giant task and took the Frogs to new levels of dominance and national acclaim. This 5'7" quarterback captained the Frogs for two years, both of which he was first team All-American. 

In 1938, O'Brien passed for 1,457 yards, a 10-year SWC record, and 19 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He still holds the NCAA record for most rushing and passing plays in a single season. TCU went undefeated that year, outscoring opponents by a combined 269-60 margin, including three shutouts. O'Brien became the first SWC player to win the Heisman Trophy, and his Frogs won the National Championship in a 15-7 victory over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl. 

Adding to his list of firsts, O'Brien was also the first player ever to win the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp trophies in the same year. He was selected fourth overall in the NFL draft, but his pro career was short-lived. He led the league in passing yards as a rookie and broke Baugh's single-season yardage record en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. He retired in 1940 after leading the league in several passing categories. 

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