The Texas Longhorns opened up their spring practice February 23rd, and although we're not even two weeks into it, there seems to be a couple of standouts.
Normally when a team doesn't have a true No.1 quarterback, the battle lasts throughout the summer and a decision isn't made until the last minute before the regular season starts. That doesn't seem to be the case with the Longhorns, as David Ash and Case McCoy are the two that are in competition.
"As far as our short-term goals for the spring, we need to get two quarterbacks ready to play, and we would like to see David [Ash] and Case [McCoy] continue to improve."
While head coach Mack Brown isn't buying into the early hype, there are many that think Ash is by far the front-runner and it's really his job to lose heading into the regular season opener against Wyoming.
"Ash is the guy, and it's not even close. Said Cedric Golden of statesman.com. This shouldn't be a Simms-Applewhite replay, where Mack was torn between which one to play. If early indications mean anything, Ash will be the man behind center when the Horns open next season against Wyoming."
But that's just one man's opinion. Is there another who is seeing the same thing early on?
"Ash ended his freshman season by throwing and catching touchdown passes in a 21-10 win over Cal in the 2011 Holiday Bowl to win the game's MVP honors and seemingly end the season as the front-runner to maintain his spot as the Longhorns' starting quarterback," said Christian Corona of the Dallas Morning News. "He helped himself out with the way he practiced Friday."
Last season, neither quarterback was really that impressive, as they both turned the ball over often and struggled to complete a high percentage of passes. But Ash did look like the more polished quarterback and did finish the season with a very impressive game in the bowl victory over California.
Both quarterbacks are young, and it's going to take much more than a couple of practices to become the full-time starter for Texas. There are also a good six months between now and when the regular season kicks off.
But as of right now, it appears that this quarterback race isn't as close as some of the others going on in college football.
Randy Chambers is a B/R featured columnist that covers college football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com.