- Created on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 18:43
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
When team’s win, no one talks about who should start where; it’s considered a given that since the team is winning, the pieces must be in enough of the right places. However, when you lose-- especially when fans are accustomed to winning—doubt can easily set in.
Rumors are circulating of a pending quarterback battle in Austin between the incumbent, Garret Gilbert, and Case McCoy, Colt McCoy’s brother.
After a respectable showing in the BCS Championship game in 2009, it appeared that Garrett Gilbert was the heir apparent to the throne that Colt McCoy was vacating for the NFL. He had some rough spots in the game, but when you consider that he probably did not get many reps at practice with McCoy leading the way, his performance had promise.
That promise never quite materialized in the 2010 season. Gilbert often had trouble leading the offense and was turnover prone as well. Many of the team’s wins were courtesy of the defense stopping the other team; not Gilbert leading the team to victory.
In the end, the 2010 season was nothing like Gilbert or the Longhorn faithful had envisioned as the team finished 5-7.
The question now is whether any of the other quarterbacks on the roster could do any better than Gilbert.
Case McCoy is an easy favorite to take over at quarterback, but more because of who his brother is; fans will be expecting to see a younger version of Colt back behind center. However, if you look off his high school statistics alone, this McCoy is not nearly as good as his brother (2,226 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions as a junior in 2008).
High school statistics do not necessarily equate to collegiate success. In Gilbert’s junior year he threw for close to 5,000 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Last season he threw for just over 2700 yards and had 17 interceptions to just 10 touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Connor Wood could be in the mix for the starter’s job as well. There were reports that Wood had the edge after spring practices concluded. The reports could not be verified though. All the tea would say is that they may wait till the week before the opener against Rice to name a starter.
True freshman David Ash can’t be ruled out of the mix, but he would likely have to seriously impress a lot of people to jump over Gilbert, McCoy, and Wood into the starter’s role.
Whoever ends up starting, Brown will need to pick the right one. It is highly unlikely that the Longhorn fan base would be willing to go through another losing season.
"We've got to make it work. ... It's about who is going to win," Brown said. "I'm not worried about it. I'm excited about it."