Texas has three quarterbacks on the roster, but none seem to be a clear leader of the pack under new head coach Charlie Strong. Strong believes that and so to do the fans of the Longhorns. That was put on display during he latest stop in a bus tour to meet and greet alumni and fans Tuesday, when Strong discussed one of his biggest concerns about the 2014 Longhorns. Strong opened with his thoughts and paused to allow the crowd to fill in the blank in unison.
Per the Dallas Morning News;
Strong even played to the crowd as he began to break down his roster: “But I know this, the position everyone is concerned with is …”
On cue and in unison, the crowd responded: “Quarterback.”
Such is life in Austin right now for a program looking to get back on the national college football podium. The days of Vince Young and Colt McCoy already feel like a distant memory. David Ash may be considered the favorite for the job at the start of the season, just based on his previous experience under center at Texas, but can be an injury just waiting to happen. Ash played in just three games in 2013, in which he completed 53 of 87 pass attempts for 760 yards and seven touchdowns with two interceptions as a junior.
The Longhorns also have sophomore Tyrone Swoopes (13 pass attempts in 2013) and four-star quarterback, according to Rivals, Jerrod Heard.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.