Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
There might not be a program that relies more on quarterback play than the Longhorns. They have excelled under good/great quarterbacks (Major Applewhite, Vince Young, Colt McCoy) and faltered under quarterbacks that simply don't fit their mold.
In 2010 and 2011, it was more evident than ever that Texas needed, and I mean really needed, a quarterback.
The Longhorns finished the 2010 campaign with a 5-7 record, easily the worst season under head coach Mack Brown. It was only one season after they played in the national championship game. How were they so bad? Easy: quarterback play.
Sophomore Garrett Gilbert threw for 10 touchdowns but was also intercepted 17 times. He transferred after playing only two games in 2011 and gave way to another pair of ineffective Texas quarterbacks. Those two are still there.
You've heard the name McCoy before. Colt McCoy set an NCAA record (which has since been broken) with 45 wins during his career. He threw for 13,253 yards and 112 touchdowns while at Texas. That's impressive. I wish my team's quarterback would do that.
Sadly, his younger brother, Case McCoy, is not the spitting image of the older McCoy. Well, they do look a little bit alike. How they play, though, is completely different. Case had only seven touchdowns, along with four interceptions, before being replaced by David Ash.
Ash didn't perform, though. He threw only four touchdowns while being picked off eight times and sacked 16 times.
Those are the guys Texas returns in 2012.
The Texas defense will be up to the task, and the Longhorns have a rushing attack that should be one of the best in the nation. Quarterback is their main concern, and how Ash, who was named the starter for the game against Wyoming, and McCoy play will determine if Texas finishes with nine wins or six.