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Harsin: Ash and McCoy will play in Texas’ season opener

David Ash, Case McCoy AP

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Mack Brown said during Big 12 media days that he expected one quarterback, David Ash or Case McCoy, to emerge as the frontrunner during fall practices.

That’s still a possibility — Brown has said next to nothing about the competition since then and is reporting Ash will get the start — but it’s looking more and more like the two will continue to split time in the Longhorns’ season-opener against Wyoming.

We want both guys to play,” offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said. “There’s strengths and weaknesses with both guys.”

Statistically speaking, both were average in 2011. Ash looked like he was gaining traction on the starting job after the Holiday Bowl and through spring practices. He’s also been the media favorite to win the job. If he has, Brown and Harsin aren’t giving that away yet.

And the most-watched (also, frustrating) QB competition in college football will keep on going.

(Hat tip: Houston Chronicle) 

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13 Responses to “Harsin: Ash and McCoy will play in Texas’ season opener”
  1. js20011041 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:25 AM

    They’re not doing anyone any favors by being so indecisive. Not the team and not the players themselves. Just pick one and let the other transfer.

  2. centexhorn says: Aug 21, 2012 8:44 AM


    But, no, Mack is way too beholden to the McCoy family to ever let Case languish on the bench. Everybody should know by now that Mack is a nepotist and is willing to put that ahead of the team. See: Chris Simms, Blake Gideon, Kevin Vaccaro, etc.

    Don’t think HarsinWhite is making this decision, because they’re not. They’re being heavily pressured by Mack to do this. Jaxon Shipley and Case McCoy didn’t grow up together to NOT play with one another at Texas.

    The good thing is that Texas can (and will) win despite this. They do actually have different skill sets. One throws short and intermediate passes better, the other throws long passes and runs the ball better. In a perfect situation, it would be one player who has all those skills, but in this imperfect one, we’ve got to make do with this, I guess.

  3. tgaustin says: Aug 21, 2012 11:10 AM

    So much talent on this team it’s scary. You have agruably one of the best D’s in the country(5-6 first round picks), along with a running back trio that is unmatched anywhere! However, the most important position in all of sports is the QB postion…yet, we are going to play two of them???? These two are not Leak/Tebow…not even remotely close to those two. It sucks to say it, but this entire season comes down to the play of the QB. Too many weapons for this offense not to be great!. One huge positive is that both Ash and McCoy get to go against one of the best defense’s in the country every day! Gonna keep the faith but it’s not gonna be easy. Hook Em’!

  4. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 11:47 AM

    By midseason UT won’t even be ranked.

  5. deucez2 says: Aug 21, 2012 11:57 AM


    That’s a pretty ballsy statement. Care to wager a mortgage payment on that?

  6. gopokes0714 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    4 years ago I would have argued that Mack Brown was the best coach in college football. Today, I just don’t know what happened. It is like one day he thought to himself, “I think I want to try a new offensive style. I think it should be something that I have never run in my career, and lets make sure we don’t have the personnel for it. Ya, that will be good.”

    Ash was less than stellar last year. If it is really that close of a race give it to McCoy. But at least there is argument for one McCoy to play this year! lol j/k

  7. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 12:37 PM


    Be glad to!! UT has not been the same since Alabama embarrassed them in January 2010 for the National Championship. There was so much hype prior to that game at how great McCoy was and the team had so much talent but that all came crashing down very quickly. At this point Texas shouldn’t even be ranked.

  8. deucez2 says: Aug 21, 2012 1:52 PM


    Send an email containing your email to with how much you’d like to bet. We’ll set up an escrow account and the winner gets it.

  9. gopokes0714 says: Aug 21, 2012 2:14 PM


    I agree Texas is over-rated until they show they can get it together on the field.

    But to not be ranked? Are you betting that voters all of a sudden stop accounting for the logo on the helmet?

  10. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 3:01 PM


    Good point!

  11. rabbi187 says: Aug 21, 2012 6:02 PM

    @ timh1955
    I guess you just watched the last 5 minute bc Texas was hanging with Bama the entire game with their true freshman at QB. To say they were embarrassed proves your just a hater and don’t know squat about football.

  12. timh1955 says: Aug 21, 2012 7:41 PM


    Trust me…I know more college football than you will ever know. Also, the Bama/Texas score could have been a lot higher but Bama wasn’t going to run the score up. In every statistic Bama beat UT.

  13. gopokes0714 says: Aug 21, 2012 8:18 PM


    Not to take sides, but it is pretty ironic to claim to know so much about college football just to follow it up with a completely ironic statement.

    First, it was a 3 point game with just over 2 min left in the game. When was Alabama not trying run up the score, the final 10 seconds?

    Second Texas beat Alabama in the following statistics:
    1st quarter box score
    3rd quarter box score
    3rd down conversion percentage
    4th down conversion percentage
    Total yards
    Passing yards

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