Since the departure of Colt McCoy there has been no certainty regarding the stability of the quarterback position on the Forty Acres.
In what has become typical fashion, it’s expected Mack Brown– and the three Texas Longhorns appointed to speak on the team’s behalf at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas (Mason Walters, Carrington Byndom and Jordan Hicks)– will all deflect questions from the media regarding who will start under center on September 1st.
Those familiar with the situation in Austin know what this implies:
There is still no confidence in the position.
This lack of confidence isn’t only among the coaching staff, but according to many, is starting to percolate among the rest of the Longhorns’ squad as well.
After all, if an offensive unit has to wonder from one week to the next who their leader will be, do you really have any leadership at all?
If David Ash had done enough to convince the coaching staff he was the right guy for the job we’d know by now.
It’s obvious he has not.
With the poor performance by Case McCoy during the annual Orange/White Spring Game, plenty of doubt still lingers regarding his ability to play at the Division I level.
The X-Factors on the depth chart are true freshmen Jalen Overstreet and Connor Brewer. It has been noted Brown would prefer to redshirt Brewer to allow he and five-star 2013 recruit Tyrone Swoopes to do battle next fall, but, if neither Ash or McCoy show enough consistency, Brewer may be asked to stay in the mix.
Overstreet is cut out of much the same mold as another Texas do-everything “athlete”, D.J. Monroe, who the Texas coaching staff has struggled mightily to find a consistent place for during his time on campus.
In simplest terms, it’s now or never for David Ash and Case McCoy.
With the arrival of Brewer and the pending arrival of Swoopes, if neither establish a foothold on the position this fall, neither will be in the plans going forward.
Texas needs one of the two to assert their dominance and become a leader.
Winning tradition around the Forty Acres has always been built on the back of strong quarterback play and the next few seasons will be no different.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.