Texas Longhorns Must Redshirt True Freshman QB Connor Brewer

By Kris Hughes

It’s certainly no secret that the 2012 Texas Longhorns are facing a bit of a quarterback crisis, in spite of the fact David Ash has been named the prohibitive starter for the first few games.

How true freshman Connor Brewer plays into the picture is even less clear. Brewer put up massive numbers in high school at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, but by all accounts is at least one year of skill development and strength training away from being a viable Division I quarterback.

Case McCoy will see any snaps which aren’t Ash’s, whether those come due to injury, packaged plays or garbage time late in easy wins. McCoy, however, is a junior, and is by no means the future of the program beyond Ash.

Connor Brewer well could be, and that’s the primary reason why the Texas Longhorns should redshirt him for the 2012 season, ensuring he has four full years of eligibility going forward. While the other true freshman QB Jalen Overstreet is a raw athlete, it seems almost certain he won’t be at the position long, especially with the arrival of highly-touted five-star prospect Tyrone Swoopes in 2013.

Redshirting Brewer would allow the Texas coaching staff a golden opportunity next spring to see how much he develops over the fall, and given that development, just how well he stacks up against Swoopes as the future of the program at signal caller going forward.

Along with the value of this scenario, Brewer has suffered some nagging ankle issues during practice this fall which would lead him into the season at less than 100%. There’s no reason whatsoever to keep a third-string QB on the active roster who isn’t full strength if his time can be better spent in the training room, classroom and breaking down tape which will help him direct the offense going forward.

From speaking with other sources close to the Texas program, it’s almost a certainty Brewer will be redshirted, but I maintain it’s something they must do.

Recruiting services may have both Swoopes and Jerrod Heard (2014 commit) rated through the roof, but we won’t really know how Brewer stacks up against them– and who the future QB should be– unless a redshirt comes his way in the next few weeks.

Count on this being done.. I just can’t see it any other way.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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