Same song, different verse. Apparently neither McCoy or Ash has distinguished themselves during camp, so they will split time at QB for the Longhorns again this year, at least in the opening game.
Ash, McCoy both to play opener
AUSTIN — It’s looking more and more like the dreaded “-OR-” on Texas’ quarterback depth chart is here to stay.
While there remains a possibility the Longhorns will pick a clear starter before beginning the season on Sept. 1, offensive play-caller Bryan Harsin said Monday he expects both David Ash and Case McCoy to play in the opener against Wyoming. And like Mack Brown last week, Harsin gave no indication coaches are closer to choosing one player over the other than they’ve been at any point in the 20 months Ash and McCoy have been competing.
Before camp began, Brown stressed the importance of having one quarterback assert himself as the starter, and said he expected separation to happen. Lately, though, he and Harsin have reverted to last season’s tactic of waxing enthusiastic about the advantages of a two-quarterback system.
“It’s ideal to have both guys playing at a high level,” Harsin said. “That’s what you want.”
Little, however, was ideal about the time-share situation in 2011, when the UT depth chart listed “David Ash -OR- Case McCoy” as the starter for the bulk of the season and the Longhorns finished 89th nationally in pass efficiency. Despite those results, Brown and Harsin said they believe Ash and McCoy have both improved so much that splitting snaps shouldn’t be a problem.
“We want both guys to play,” Harsin said. “There’s strengths and weaknesses with both guys.”
It’s a familiar tune they’re playing. The Longhorns just have to hope they’ve gotten better with their instruments.
Not that hardly anyone will get to see the first game, as the first two games will be broadcast on the friggin' LHN, which is carried by almost none of the cable TV providers. Of course the cable TV providers are not to blame here, as the LHN just does not make economic sense for most consumers or most cable TV networks. Personally, I am looking forward to the end of the LHN experiment, which increasingly appears to be just a matter of time.