Texas Football: What is the Future of the QB Position?

Taylor Gaspar@Taylor_GasparFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

Nov 28, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash (r) talks with offensive coordinator Major Applewhite (l) prior to the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

One thing was apparent in the Texas Longhorns' 30-10 loss to the Baylor Bears, the Longhorns quarterback position is arguably the weakest link on the team.

Senior quarterback Case McCoy was less than mediocre against the Bears Saturday, and completed just 35 percent of passes for 54 yards and two interceptions. McCoy's two interceptions were returned for a combined 60 yards, so Baylor's defense actually picked up more yards off McCoy's passes than the Texas offense. Yikes.

McCoy was never supposed to be the starting quarterback. But when David Ash was sidelined in Week 2 due to a concussion, McCoy got the nod to lead the Longhorns through the roller coaster season. 

Texas will seek a medical redshirt for Ash, and if granted he will have two seasons of eligibility left. If all goes according to the plan, Ash will be back on the field in time for spring practice and will likely be the Longhorns' starting quarterback. 

But concussions are not something to ignore. Neither is the fact that Ash has experienced symptoms from his head injury for more than three months, which makes it difficult to expect a bright future for him on the football field. 

Where does that leave the Texas quarterback position?

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The Longhorns have not had a steady quarterback since Colt McCoy in 2009. With David Ash's future up in the air, Texas may be left to rely on some younger QBs.

Freshman Tyrone Swoopes

Tyrone Swoopes has the physical measurable's to be a difference maker. The 6'4", 245-pound freshman has been compared to Vince Young, but has not had the chance to display his skills. Honestly, Texas burning Swoopes' redshirt for him to only average 2.8 plays per game is ridiculous, but that's a story for another day.

If Swoopes can develop into his potential, Texas may be able to put its lingering quarterback issues in the past.

2014 verbal commit Jerrod Heard

Jerrod Heard is expected to sign his letter of intent on national signing day. Heard has been a dominant quarterback in the high school ranks, and led Denton Guyer to its first 4A state championship in 2012. This season, Heard leads Denton Guyer's passing attack with 1,756 yards and 20 touchdowns, and is his team's leading rusher, averaging 8.7 yards per carry for 1,647 yards and 21 touchdowns. 

In addition to being a dual-threat quarterback, Heard has a certain swagger about him the Longhorns have lacked throughout the last four seasons. He's a natural-born leader, which was extremely evident at various Rivals.com recruiting camps. Wide receivers specifically requested Heard to throw to them at the Rivals Challenge camps earlier in 2013. His confidence, leadership and talent should be welcomed with open arms by the Texas coaches.

It is not possible to know what the future holds for the Texas quarterbacks. But the positive takeaway for Longhorn fans is the road ahead has the potential to be very bright.

All quotes were obtained firsthand.

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