Position change coming for young Texas Longhorns quarterback?

By Marian Hinton
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For the first time in a while, the Texas Longhorns have a log jam at the quarterback position. Davis Ash, who will be a junior in the fall, is the team’s undisputed starter going into the season. It’s believed that senior Case McCoy would be the back-up if the season started today, but true freshman Tyrone Swoopes is making a push to jump to the No. 2 spot himself. Redshirt freshmen Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet are in the final two spots on the depth chart.

There have been some rumors that the dual-threat Overstreet is considering a position change. He’s considered one of the best athletes on the team, and the coaches are looking for ways to get him onto the field. Though many initially thought he would move to safety, the latest rumors out of Austin (reported by Orangebloods.com) have the dynamic athlete possibly moving to wide receiver or running back.

Though he didn’t throw, fans got a brief glimpse of the 6-foot-2, 212 pound quarterback out of Tatum, Texas, last weekend in the Longhorns’ Spring Game, and there is no doubt this kid is a playmaker. Although it was against back-up defenders, he reeled off long runs and broke tackles left and right in his limited snaps. During his senior season in high school, ESPN ranked him as the 43rd best athlete in the country.

The Longhorns currently lack depth at the wide receiver position and could use more numbers there. Running back, on the other hand, appears to be stacked for now with sophomore Johnathan Gray and juniors Malcolmn Brown and Joe Bergeron all splitting carries, however, both juniors have had injury issues in the past.

A position change would benefit both the team as well as Jalen Overstreet himself. Again, he’s far too outstanding an athlete to keep on the sidelines.

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