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Case McCoy Could Get Start At QB For Texas

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For the first time in over a month, the depth chart for Texas at the QB position has changed, as Case McCoy is now listed as the first of the two co-starters instead of David Ash for the Texas A&M game.

Ash had seemed to take control of the offense as a care-taker for a dominant rushing attack against Kansas and Texas Tech, but injuries to the Longhorns four primary playmakers -- RB's Fozzy Whittaker, Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron as well as WR Jaxon Shipley -- put more pressure on the QB position.

Ash, a true freshmen who did not even participate in spring practices, was unable to hold up to the challenge, and the Longhorns scored only three offensive points against Missouri. 

Needing a shot in the arm for an anemic passing attack, head coach Mack Brown benched Ash for McCoy in the second half of Texas 17-13 loss to Kansas State last week, which the Longhorns losing despite giving up only 121 yards defensively to the Wildcats. 

McCoy threw Texas' only touchdown pass in three weeks to TE Blaine Irby, but came up short in the fourth quarter, finishing with 80 yards on 7/16 attempts.

Since taking over from Garrett Gilbert early in the season, Ash has struggled with accuracy and comfort in the pocket while McCoy has struggled with his deep ball. Combine both young QB's strengths into one player and you'd have an All-American.

As it is, the inability of either to take control of the team this season means the QB position will likely be up for grabs in the spring game, with the notoriously fickle Texas fan-base already casting their eye on highly-touted recruit Connor Brewer of Arizona.

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