Case McCoy Should Not Start Against Ole Miss If David Ash Can't Go

Jeffrey KahnCorrespondent IISeptember 9, 2013

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 01:  Quarterback Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns relays signals to D.J. Monroe #26 during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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If Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash cannot start this weekend against the Ole Miss Rebels, Case McCoy is not the answer.

After the Mack Brown press conference televised on the Longhorn Network, and per Chip Brown of via Twitter, Ash's status is still up in the air.

While Ash isn't ruled out for this weekend's game against the Rebels, the Longhorns will be prepping McCoy and freshman Tyrone Swoopes to start under center. During the Monday morning press conference, Brown said that McCoy would be the starter and, "Swoopes would have to come on fast."

McCoy is not the answer.

While Texas fans will forever and always remember the 2011 Texas A&M comeback win and the bailout in the 2012 Kansas game (video embedded), McCoy hasn't been much to write home about. In his now four-year career at Texas, McCoy has played in 23 games, thrown for 1,831 yards, passed for 13 touchdowns and has thrown seven interceptions.

McCoy has a 58.9 career completion percentage. In comparison, Ash has a 63.5 career completion percentage in one less year. But, McCoy has gotten plenty of chances to take over as the starter in his career at Texas. After the amazing 2011 victory in College Station, McCoy threw four interceptions against a dismal Baylor Bears defense.

The very next game, Ash led the Longhorns to a 2011 Holiday Bowl victory over California. In 2012, McCoy got his time to shine after Ash went down with a rib injury against TCU.

But, he couldn't manage a comeback. He threw a painful interception with five defenders in coverage instead of making the smart run. See the video below:


McCoy started the next week at Kansas State and was 24-of-36 for 314 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Surely, that's not bad.

Kansas State's first touchdown came after a McCoy interception in the first quarter; however, he managed to have the Longhorns ahead at half time. And at the start of the fourth quarter, the Longhorns were down 21-17.

But, McCoy didn't take care of the opportunities that the Wildcats presented to him. Overthrows and the inability to rush limited McCoy's productivity. The Longhorns lost 42-24, and Ash came back to lead the Longhorns to a Valero Alamo Bowl win.

In Week 2 of this season, McCoy came in against BYU in the 40-21 loss and looked the same as always. He was 5-of-10 for 62 yards. He made some errant passes that made Longhorn fans cringe.

The bottom line is that McCoy is in his fourth year at Texas and hasn't gained any ground. If Ash can't go on Saturday, enter Tyrone Swoopes.

Swoopes is a 6'4", 245-pound freshman who was an early enroll last spring. He's extremely athletic and draws a comparison to Texas football legend Vince Young. See the embedded video.

With the high-paced offense that offensive coordinator Major Applewhite apparently wants to run, Swoopes would be a better fit than McCoy.

The Longhorns have seen what McCoy's peak can be. A 300-yard passing game (with the same or more interceptions than touchdowns) plus a loss. Swoopes hasn't been unleashed yet, and in the day and age where athletes with speed are taking over under center (see Johnny Manziel), Swoopes could do just the right amount of damage if Ash can't go.

In short terms, playing Swoopes for his unknown ceiling is greater than McCoy's peak.

If Swoopes plays to his maximum potential and leads the Longhorns to a convincing victory, he could potentially provide a challenge to Ash as the starter; surely a spark that would raise the level of competition for Ash.

Who do you think should start? Feel free to leave a comment below.