After another uncertain season of quarterbacking play, it appears the Texas Longhorns are yet again dipping their toes into the waters with a junior college quarterback.
Last off-season saw the Longhorns pursue East Mississippi Community College star Bo Wallace– now the signal caller for the Ole Miss Rebels. This time around, the target appears to be Arizona Western College QB Tanner McEvoy, who was once a part of the quarterbacking corps for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The 6’6″, 210 pound McEvoy is a traditional pocket passer with a solid arm, who tallied 1,568 yards and 21 touchdowns this fall. McEvoy was third in the country for completion percentage at 67.1% and 12th in junior college football with his 21 touchdowns.
In spite of some unsavory off-field incidents, including a July arrest in Columbia, South Carolina for speeding and consuming alcohol as a minor, there must be enough there for Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be taking a trip to meet with McEvoy as has been rumored throughout Texas-focused websites this morning.
If Texas does decide to give McEvoy a scholarship offer, and he accepts, the six-man competition between he, incoming freshman Tyrone Swoopes, redshirt freshmen Jalen Overstreet and Connor Brewer, incumbent starter David Ash, and senior Case McCoy would certainly be an entertaining one.
Should McEvoy receive an offer, it would be reasonable to assume either Overstreet or Brewer would see the writing on the wall and be looking for greener pastures post haste. The tradition of Texas quarterbacking prospects transferring when being pushed from their backsides by new recruits, is almost as long as Texas’ quarterbacking successes.
Is Texas serious about Tanner McEvoy and could he be the answer to their questions, at least in the short term?
Or, is this just another Bo Wallace-style flirtation that won’t amount to a hill of beans.
We’ll find out soon enough.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page. Kris is the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.