Two Longhorn Legends Selected for Induction into Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

Longhorn Legends Tony Brackens (Fairfield High School) and Colt McCoy (Tuscola/Jim Ned High School) have been selected for induction into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame as members of the class of 2022.

Brackens, an All-American defense end in Texas from 1993-95, and McCoy, a National Player of the Year and record-setting quarterback from 2006-09, will be formally recognized and inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on May 7. in Waco. This year’s event is a private ceremony and no public tickets are available.

An All-American and all-state defensive end at 3A Fairfield High School, Brackens was a two-way standout who also spent time as a fullback and a tight end on offense. He recorded 120 tackles and 18 sacks during his senior season and was a multisports star who won the 3A shot put state title that year. And to top it all off, he was an honorary student, playing drums in his high school marching band, and participating in rodeo team roping competitions. Brackens was recently selected as a member of the University Interscholastic League All-Century team and was named by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as one of the UIL’s 100 Greatest Players of the First 100 Years of Texas High School Football.

At Texas, Brackens was a three-time first-team All-Southwest Conference roster from 1993-95, a consensus first-team All-American in 1995, and an honorable mention All-American in 1994. Best known for his combination of strength, speed, and power to deal with explosive pass rush skills and extraordinary instincts, he was one of the most dominant and hardest hitting Longhorns in recent memory. Brackens showed all those skills by posting 77 tackles, seven sacks, 16 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, four fumbles and 29 QB pressures in his last collegiate season of 1995. That year, UT won its last-ever SWC Championship, finishing 10-2-1, ranking as number 14 nationally and earning a Sugar Bowl bid. He had a team-high 90 tackles to go with seven sacks and 30 QB pressure leading the Horns to an 8-4 record, a Sun Bowl win, No. 25 ranking and a share of the SWC title as sophomore in 1994. Texas was 18-6-1 in his final two seasons, winning or sharing both SWC titles and making the Top 25 rankings every year before Brackens declared himself early in the NFL Draft.

The Associated Press SWC Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 1993, Brackens posted 79 tackles and a career and team-high 10 sacks as a freshman. His 16 tackles for loss is still a UT freshman record, while his 10 sacks are second on the all-time UT freshman list. His 79 tackles are also among the top 10 freshmen attempts on the Longhorn record, and his 59 solo tackles in 1993 ranks fourth best among UT freshmen. He had a career-best three sacks and was named the SWC Defensive Player of the Week after leading Texas to a 38-17 win over Baylor that year. His 24 layoffs in just three seasons still ranks in the top 10 in UT history, while his 49 tackles for loss are currently 11th. Brackens also made an impact off the field, earning a spot on the 1995 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works team for his community involvement.

A second round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996, Brackens was an NFL All-Rookie team selection that year and played his entire eight-year NFL career in the Sunshine State. Still the career leader of the Jaguars with 55 sacks, 28 forced fumbles and 13 fumbles, he was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl during the 1999 season before retiring from professional football in 2003. He played in 107 career games starting 75, and had double-digit sack seasons in 1999 (12) and 2001 (11), including sacks in a franchise record eight consecutive games during the 2001 season.

Brackens was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 2006.

McCoy was a two-time Associated Press 2A Offensive MVP and first-team all-state roster at Jim Ned High School, where he set a 34-2 record as a starting quarterback. The future Longhorn great finished his preliminary career as the all-time leading passer (9,344 yards and 116 TDs) in Texas 2A history and sixth overall in Texas high school history. He led his team to a 2A state football championship as well as the state tournament in basketball during his preliminary career.

Colt McCoy Jersey RetirementA two-time winner of the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) National Player of the Year award, consensus first-team All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist, McCoy is one of six Longhorns with his Texas jersey number. In addition to these accolades, McCoy claimed the Maxwell Award (the nation’s best player), AT&T Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien Award (the nation’s best QB), Manning Award (the nation’s best QB), and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (the best in the country). QB) as a senior in 2009. He was also named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year that year by both The Associated Press and the league’s coaches, earning that honor twice from The AP. McCoy earned the MVP honors for bowl game offensive three times by leading Texas to victories at the 2006 Alamo Bowl, 2007 Holiday Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl after the 2008 season.

A four-year starter with a career record of 45-8, he finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time winning quarterback and was the first QB in major college football history to lead a team to four seasons with 10 wins. He is also the first QB in Texas history to lead his team to consecutive seasons of 12 wins and only the second, along with Vince Young, to lead his team to consecutive seasons of 11 wins. McCoy, a backup to Young on the 2005 National Championship team, led Texas to a 13-1 record and No. 2 in 2009, a 12-1 and No. 3 in 2008 and a pair of 10-3 records in 2006- 07 with a number 10 ranking in 2007 and number 13 in 2006.

Statistically, McCoy finished his career with 47 school records, including 16 careers, 13 single-season, five single-game, six freshman, and seven different brands. During his 53-game career, he completed 1,157-of-1,645 passes (70.3 percent) for 13,253 yards and 112 TDs for a passer rating of 155.0. When his career ended, his 13,253 passing yards were sixth on the NCAA all-time list, his 112 TD passes seventh, and his 70.3 career completion was just below the NCAA record. Additionally, McCoy rushed for 1,571 yards and 20 TDs on 447 carries (3.5 ypc), rushing and passing 14 times during his career for a TD in the same game. Combining his passing (112) and hasty (20) TDs, McCoy finished his career sixth on the touchdowns of the NCAA responsible for the list and first at UT in that category with 132. He had scored at least one TD in 30 consecutive games that won the 2009 BCS National Championship game. McCoy is UT’s all-time leader in total offense and finished his career fourth on the NCAA’s all-time list in that category, with 14,824 yards (13,253p/1,571r) on 2,092 plays (7.1 ypp).

In 14 games as a senior in 2009, the year he led Texas to a Big 12 title and the National Championship game, McCoy completed 332-of-470 (70.6 percent) for 3,521 yards and 27 TDs, while rushed for another 348 yards and three TDs. His 70.6 completion rate led the nation. McCoy’s 147.4 pass efficiency rating ranked 16th, and he averaged 26.6 yards per TD pass on his 27 scoring pitches. As a junior in 2008, he set one-season UT records for passing yards (3,859), passing TDs (34) and total offense (4,420). With the addition of his 11 rushing TDs, he also set the UT single-season record for most TDs responsible for 45 that year. McCoy was the Sporting News National Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2006, setting UT freshman records for wins by a QB (10) and TD passes (29).

Also a standout off the field, he received the 2009 Bobby Bowden Award (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and was a National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete and three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. He was also a member of the AFCA Good Works team for his community service efforts. He graduated in December 2009 with a degree in sports management.

McCoy, a third-round selection by the Cleveland Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft, has just completed his 12th NFL season. That’s second only to Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Bobby Layne’s 15 NFL seasons for a Longhorn quarterback. McCoy is currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals and has also played for the Browns (2010-12), San Francisco 49ers (2013), Washington Redskins (2014-19), and New York Giants (2020). He played in 52 career games with 33 starts and thrown for 7195 yards and 33 TDs, while also rushing for 546 yards and two TDs.

McCoy was recently inducted into the vote for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

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