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Texas QB Case McCoy's swagger belies career spent mostly as a backup

  • FILE- In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Texas quarterback Case McCoy celebrates with the team mascot after their 31-30 win over Iowa State in an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa. McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback, not a career backup. It's that natural-born confidence that let him step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    FILE- In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Texas quarterback Case McCoy celebrates with the team mascot after their 31-30 win over Iowa State in an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa. McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback, not a career backup. It's that natural-born confidence that let him step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Texas quarterback Case McCoy runs off the field after their 31-30 win over Iowa State in an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa.  McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback, not a career backup. It's that natural-born confidence that let him step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Texas quarterback Case McCoy runs off the field after their 31-30 win over Iowa State in an NCAA college football game in Ames, Iowa. McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback, not a career backup. It's that natural-born confidence that let him step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Texas quarterback Case McCoy (6) looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback, not a career backup. It's that natural-born confidence that let him step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Texas quarterback Case McCoy (6) looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback, not a career backup. It's that natural-born confidence that let him step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)  (The Associated Press)

For a guy who has spent most of his career as a backup, Texas' Case McCoy carries himself with the swagger of a national championship-winning quarterback.

Whether it's leading Texas to an upset win over rival Oklahoma, or surrounded by reporters during game-week interviews, McCoy eases his way through just about every situation.

It's that swashbuckler's attitude has allowed McCoy to step in for injured David Ash and lead the Longhorns to three consecutive victories. Texas (4-2, 3-0) plays at TCU (3-4, 1-3) on Saturday.

The win over Oklahoma was arguably the brightest moment for a player who has struggled tried to live up to legacy of older brother Colt, the Longhorns' quarterback from 2006-2009 who led Texas the 2009 Big 12 title and the national championship game.