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Big 12: Texas still trying to decide between pair of QB duos

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: August 29, 2011

The starting quarterback situation with the Texas Longhorns remains fluid — as in constantly moving, not necessarily fluid in performance.

Uncertainty surrounds the Longhorns after finishing 5-7 last season, and the biggest question mark is quarterback.

Although mistake-prone junior Garrett Gilbert didn't perform nearly as well as anticipated last season with 17 interceptions and 10 touchdown passes, he began fall practice with the starting unit.

A shaky scrimmage from Gilbert on Aug. 13 (which media were not allowed to attend) immediately enhanced the chances of backups Case McCoy, a sophomore and younger brother of former UT great Colt McCoy, redshirt freshman Connor Wood and true freshman David Ash, who arrived on campus in January.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown said from the outset that equal practice time would be given to Ash, who has shown tremendous confidence and leadership since his arrival – two traits Brown has stressed at the position.

“He's a fiery guy,” senior free safety Blake Gideon has said of Ash. “It's serious for him, and we could tell that from the start.”

Tailback Fozzy Whittaker said Ash is “stepping into a leadership role and I feel like, as time goes on, he'll be a predominant leader for this team.”

Whoever starts at quarterback will need some serious help.

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