The Duel

4 Greatest Quarterbacks in Texas History

Zach Brunner
Colt McCoy is the all-time Texas passing leader.
Colt McCoy is the all-time Texas passing leader. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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The Texas Longhorns football program has been one of the premier programs in college football history. The football culture in Texas runs deep and it has created some unbelievable players.

A big reason for Texas' continued success in the NCAA has been their ability to field solid quarterbacks. These are the three greatest quarterbacks in Texas program history.

4. Sam Ehlinger (2017-Present)

Sam Ehlinger ranks second all-time in Texas career passing yards.
Sam Ehlinger ranks second all-time in Texas career passing yards. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Sam Ehlinger has made the decision to return to Texas for his senior season, but he cracks the top three with only three years on his resume. Ehlinger ranks second all-time in passing yards and passing touchdowns, with 8,870 and 68, respectively. He also moves the chains with his legs, running for another 1,526 yards and 25 touchdowns. If he continues to progress, he could make some serious noise in the 2020 Heisman Trophy race.

3. James Street (1967-69)

As a product of a completely different era, James Street's passing numbers don't exactly paint the Texas football program's record books. However, Street's claim to the No. 3 spot on this list comes from an incredible, perfect 20-0 record as a starter for the Longhorns. That two-year run included a 1969 Cotton Bowl win over Tennessee before an undefeated (11-0) 1969 season capped off a National Championship title.

2. Vince Young (2003-05)

Vince Young was 30-2 as a starting QB for the Texas Longhorns.
Vince Young was 30-2 as a starting QB for the Texas Longhorns. / Gary Miller/Getty Images

Vince Young finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2005 and went on to be drafted third overall after three seasons with Texas. He ranks seventh all-time for passing yards, with 6,040, to go along with 44 passing touchdowns. Like the previous two, Young also did some damage on the ground, running for 3,127 yards and 37 touchdowns. While his career stats aren't as competitive as other names on this list, Young's game-winning TD rush in the 2005 BCS National Championship game against USC is remembered as one of the greatest college football plays of all time.

1. Colt McCoy (2006-09)

Colt McCoy attempts a pass for the Washington Redskins.
Colt McCoy attempts a pass for the Washington Redskins. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Colt McCoy is the all-time passing leader at Texas, leading the way with 13,253 yards and 112 passing touchdowns. To put that in perspective, he has almost 4,500 more passing yards and 44 more passing touchdowns than second place in those categories. If that wasn't enough, McCoy ran for another 1,571 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was a stats machine with the Longhorns, and even though he didn't win the 2010 BCS National Championship game, he did leave Austin with the most wins by a QB in school history, thanks to a 45-8 record as a starter.


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