Texas Coach Seeing How the Other Half Lives

 

                Mack Brown is now seeing how the other half lives.

                The University of Texas head football coach has been blessed with many talented quarterbacks over his 15-year reign in Austin. Having the likes of Major Applewhite, Chris Simms, Chance Mock, Vince Young and Colt McCoy has spoiled him.

                But since McCoy moved onto greener pastures in the NFL two years ago, Brown hasn't had much luck, and the results on the field are solid proof.

                After leading the Longhorns to eight consecutive 10-win seasons, Brown's club collapsed to a 5-7 record in 2010. Garrett Gilbert, the five-star quarterback recruit from nearby Lake Travis High School, was supposed to be next in a great line of quarterbacks. In his first season, things went horrible to say the least.

                Before last season Brown fired most of his coaching staff and brought in Bryan Harsin, the offensive coordinator at Boise State, to build up Gilbert's confidence and unleash his potential. Two games into the 2011 season, it was obvious Gilbert's time at Texas was over. His play just wasn't cutting it.

                Then, Brown called on his young guns to right the ship.

                True freshman David Ash and true sophomore Case McCoy took over the quarterback duties the rest of the year, leading the Longhorns to an 8-5 season and a win in the Holiday Bowl over the University of California.

                At some schools, an 8-5 record isn't bad. At Texas, it isn't good.

                "Last year I was just a baby," Ash said before Fall practice started three weeks ago. "You can't expect a baby to write a novel."

                Unfortunately at a school like Texas, the standard for babies is a 500-page exciting novel that puts you on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

                On Wednesday, Brown named Ash the starting quarterback for the opening game against Wyoming. Brown also insinuated that Case McCoy may see some time under center as well.

                Some say that when you have two quarterbacks, you have none. Brown is just hoping he has one that emerges.

                And now, to Brown's misfortune, he is seeing how the other half lives.

 

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