College football rumors: Will the Texas Longhorns soon be forced to bring in another quarterback?

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Rumors are swirling around the Forty Acres that the  Texas Longhorns depth chart could be taking a hit at the quarterback position. Though it’s currently no more than speculation and rumors, there is some thought that back-ups Case McCoy and Connor Brewer may not be with the Horns next fall.

McCoy, a junior, was sent home from the Alamo Bowl last weekend due to a violation of team rules and is currently involved in an investigation of alleged sexual assault. Some believe that McCoy, who was rumored to be looking to transfer at the end of last season, may decide to quit football altogether.

With McCoy suspended for the bowl game, redshirt freshman Jalen Overstreet was prepared to play in the event of an injury to Ash, but thank goodness, it didn’t come to that. It would have been a shame for Overstreet to burn his shirt in the final game of the season.

However, the fact that Overstreet was the one that new play-caller Major Applewhite spent hours prior to the game preparing has led many to believe that there may be some truth to the rumors that fellow redshirt freshman Brewer may indeed be looking to transfer.

If the Longhorns lose both McCoy and Brewer, they could be left in the same situation as they were last season when coaches were forced to throw then true freshman David Ash into the fire after Garrett Gilbert was sidelined. Ash will likely be the starter next season, but without Brewer and McCoy, the only other quarterbacks on the roster next season will be Overstreet and incoming freshman Tyrone Swoopes.

It is imperative that the Longhorns look for an experienced quarterback to back up Ash next season or even compete with him for the starting job. Though he has shown glimpses of being the guy to lead the Horns, such as in the second half of the Alamo Bowl, he has been inconsistent and his ability to led the team to a championship is still uncertain.

As a result, the Longhorns have offered and are bringing in Garden City Community College (Kansas) dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall for a visit later this month on Jan. 19.

Texas coaches did show some interest in a couple of other JUCO quarterbacks prior to the bowl game, but the interest seemed to fade. Now, with the possibility of attrition (again, these are just rumors), it is crucial either way that they find a back-up with experience to close out the 2013 recruiting class. Otherwise, they will find themselves, once again, with a severe lack of depth and experience at the most important position on the field.

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