The normally animated Colt McCoy kept his right hand tucked into the pocket of his sweatpants during an interview session Monday. The Texas quarterback said he wasn’t trying to hide his injured thumb. It just felt more comfortable that way.
The thumb that McCoy smacked on the helmet of an Oklahoma lineman late in the first half of Texas’ 16-13 victory Saturday remained swollen. The nail will probably fall off soon.
Although doctors are monitoring the injury, McCoy noted that he played the entire second half against the Sooners and expects to start at Missouri this week.
McCoy’s legs may be just as important to Texas (6-0) remaining undefeated.
Texas used draws and zone reads for McCoy against Oklahoma. Expect more against Missouri and at Oklahoma State on Halloween.
“If that’s what needs to happen, it will happen,” said McCoy, who led Texas in rushing last season.
When asked if McCoy would be more involved in the ground game, coach Mack Brown responded: “Absolutely.”
Shuffling the depth chart: Despite a perfect record, the Longhorns rearranged their depth chart.
Marquise Goodwin, the freshman from Rowlett who had four key catches against Oklahoma, moved ahead of John Chiles at one receiver spot.
At flex end, split end Malcolm Williams supplanted James Kirkendoll. Tight end Greg Smith will also be used more in running situations, Brown said.
Fozzy Whittaker and Cody Johnson are co-starters at tailback after helping Texas to rush for 102 second-half yards against Oklahoma.
Dominant defense: While Texas ranks first nationally in rushing defense and third-down conversion defense, the most striking number came from Saturday’s win.
The 16 points were the fewest for the Longhorns in a win since beating Texas A&M, 16-6, in 1995.
“At times here, we’ve had to outscore people,” Brown said. “Right now, we don’t.”
Gabbert will start for Tigers: Despite a sprained ankle that noticeably affected his mobility in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start against Texas, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. Gabbert was injured in Missouri’s Oct. 8 loss to Nebraska.