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Can Case McCoy lead the Longhorns to victory if David Ash misses more time?
A conservative offense and a porous defense will not win the Big 12. Adding freshman Tyrone Swoopes to the mix would alleviate the former.
Case McCoy was fair in preserving Texas' win on Saturday, but that should be the norm when a backup is asked to preserve a double-digit lead. What is a quarterback that is averaging less than six yards per attempt and is no threat to run going to do when the situation is reversed? Probably not enough to outscore the better Big 12 teams.
If Ash's concussion symptoms linger as they often do with reaggravations, Texas faces a major dilemma under center. Oklahoma is three weeks away, and Mack Brown cannot afford another 40-point spanking on national television.
That means the notion of at least burning Swoopes' redshirt needs to become a serious conversation. The bulldozer freshman is one of the team's best athletes and has the arm to drive the ball downfield with velocity, two distinctions that do not fit McCoy.
It is the kid's future on the line, so this is a decision that needs to be made with care. But the offense needs a quarterback that can make explosive plays if this team is serious about winning the Big 12. Swoopes has the ability to produce such plays.