Texas Football: Longhorns Extremely Open QB Battle Should Set Fans on Edge

Erin SorensenContributor IAugust 6, 2012

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03: Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns runs during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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As camps begin, answers to many questions are beginning to take shape. Not in the case of the Texas Longhorns quarterback situation, though. According to Mack Brown, the field is still as wide open as ever.

Now that quarterback David Ash has been cleared to practice after an injured hamstring, he joins fellow quarterback Case McCoy in the race for the starting position. According to ESPN.com, confidence remains high and no one seems to be concerned with the quarterback predicament as of now.

“We’ve got a great team around us,” Ash told ESPN.com. “Whenever there is a quarterback and all you have to do is delegate who gets the ball and they do the rest, that makes it a lot of fun.”

Despite "confidence" portrayed, there is still a legitimate concern for fans as camp moves forward. Considering that the quarterback position was in a weak state during 2011, there is a lot riding on the starter. The question of whether or not Texas is truly "back" does have a great deal to do with who is leading the team.

Ash isn't incorrect in saying that a great team makes the quarterback's job easier. Regardless, there is a certain level of leadership to be gained from one solid starter. The uncertainty can hold up the process of progress, making it more difficult for a team to bond and trust their leader.

More importantly, it has been nearly 21 months of Brown insisting no definite decision had been made regarding the starting quarterback position for the Texas Longhorns. Can the decision really be that difficult?

For fans, it's a reason to question the strength of the two quarterbacks. It may not be of great concern just yet, but it definitely puts fans on edge. The confidence may be there, but how long until it wears from the indecisiveness?

Only time will tell who will be the starter. When that will be is still up in the air for McCoy, as he stated to Chron.com, but he hopes for an answer soon.

“Hopefully by the first game. We better have a starter by then, right?”

One can only hope.