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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



October 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Pair of former 'Horns could hook up Sunday

Posted by Danny O'Neil

RENTON -- Colt McCoy threw the pass that safety Earl Thomas credits with getting his college career at Texas off and running.

The pass, however, wasn't intended for Thomas.

It was the spring game of Thomas' first year on campus, and it was a breakthrough moment in his transition from cornerback -- which he was recruited to play -- and safety, where he is quickly becoming one of the league's rising stars.

"He was chasing me in the end zone," Thomas said. "I kind of did him bad right there, but he was always saying it's a P-I call. You know how quarterbacks are."

You mean quarterbacks like this?

"I would have tackled him," McCoy said in a conference call with Seattle reporters.

Just one problem, McCoy said.

"If I would have tackled him, it would have been bad," McCoy said. "They can't hit me so I can't hit them."

He laughed. There's more than just respect from their shared history. There's a fair bit of mutual admiration as McCoy raved about Thomas' coverage skills back when he was a cornerback and Thomas complimented McCoy's well-rounded ability.

"You'd want him on your team if you had the chance to play with him," Thomas said. "It doesn't matter if he passes for 200 yards or even like 70 yards, he's still got a chance to win because he can do so much other than throw the ball."

Those two will be at the epicenter of Sunday's game. McCoy is in charge of an offense that has been fairly pass heavy, having thrown 106 passes in the past two games alone, while Thomas is now the most experienced member of Seattle's starting secondary with cornerback Marcus Trufant out for the season.

Does the fact that Thomas will be facing a quarterback he defended in college give him an advantage?

"I really don't want to say that," Thomas said. "But it always helps to really just know the guy and know his personality. But we never game-planned against each other. In practice, we kind of knew what was coming. We had a lot of good battles."

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