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The Five Biggest Disappointments of 2007: #3 Colt McCoy

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This is a tough one, because the kid competed awfully hard this year and evolved as much as he was capable to deal with a sketchy offensive line. But he was fatally prone to turnovers and inconsistent (at best) throwing passes beyond 20 yards. Part of the blame goes straight to Greg Davis, but there was no denying that Colt simply played poorly during large parts of the season.

What did we learn about McCoy in 2007? For starters, you can't build an offense with him as the centerpiece. He's a gutty playmaker who can be a good player for a team, but it was crystal clear that the offense cannot revolve around a McCoy-centric passing game. I was the loudest preseason advocate that it could, but there's no getting around it: that was flat wrong.

Instead, we learned that Texas must have a fear-inspiring running game to be successful. That's not to say that McCoy can't be a strong complement to that running attack, just that it can't be the other way around. In that regard, more aggressive/creative usage of John Chiles is something we should hope for next season. Also on the wish list is the emergence of a legitimate deep threat at receiver - someone who can create and maintain separation down the field. And of course, the 800-pound gorilla in the room: who replaces Jamaal Charles?

That's a lot of big questions for the offense as we head into spring camp.

2007's Five Biggest Disappointments
5. Limas Sweed
4. Jermichael Finley

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