While indecision reigns supreme when it comes to the Texas Longhorns public quarterback battle, it appears that behind the scenes David Ash will be getting the nod. From Bobby Burton for HookEm.com, a source tells them that Ash will be named the starter.
— Bobby Burton (@BobbyBurton247) August 21, 2012
However, you have to take that for what it's worth folks. Yesterday, Bryan Harsin, the offensive coordinator for the Longhorns, made it clear that both Ash and Case McCoy will be seeing time against the Wyoming Cowboys in the season opener. Max Olson from ESPN brought us that news:
Bryan Harsin says right now the plan is to play David Ash and Case McCoy vs. Wyoming. Who gets the 1st snap remains undecided #longhorns
— Max Olson (@max_olson) August 20, 2012
So, um, yeah. If all holds true the Longhorns are saying, "David Ash, you're our guy, but we want to give Case McCoy every chance he can to try and wrestle that gig away from you."
Should Texas really be playing two quarterbacks in the opener?
Not a good look when you are attempting to push for a Big 12 title, your quarterback needs the total confidence of the roster and you're still trying to find a way to play "the other guy."
Whether you believe that Ash and McCoy are too close to call and the coaches just want to see them in game action, or you think Mack Brown is trying hard not to upset the family of his former star Colt McCoy; the point here is Ash, if he is to be named the starter, is set up to look over his shoulder. Coaches stumping for both quarterbacks to see time. Coaches keeping the starter shrouded in secrecy.
Competition is great, but when you've got your starter looking over his shoulder, that's not an atmosphere that breeds success. For everyone who follows the program closely it seems that Ash is and has been the guy.
The continuous interjection of McCoy, especially this late in the process, is starting to say more about the coaching staff than it does about either of the quarterbacks.