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Big 12 Media Days notebook: Texas' Mack Brown talks quarterbacks

by Berry Tramel and Jason Kersey Published: July 24, 2012

Texas coach Mack Brown addressed his quarterback derby, which will pit David Ash and Case McCoy against each other for the right to lead the Longhorns' offense.

“They left spring practice even,” Brown said. “We should have a great battle at that position in preseason.

“We have two older guys that have been through a year ... they both won significant games (McCoy against Texas A&M; Ash in the Holiday Bowl vs. California). I feel like one of those guys will separate himself some in preseason and it will give us the other guy to come off the bench and play if need be.”

When asked what makes him think either Ash or McCoy will rise above the other, Brown said he knows it from experience.

“I've got 37 years that says it will probably happen, one way or the other,” Brown said. “If it doesn't separate, you choose one to start the game. If he doesn't play well, you put the other one in.”

BRILES HIGH ON FLORENCE

Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is gone to the NFL. The Bears now turn to senior Nick Florence.

Seems like a big comedown, and it is. But Baylor coach Art Briles sang the praises of Florence during Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday in Dallas.

“We're not going to say, ‘Hey, Nick, this is yours. You're here for 12 games or 13 or 14,' whatever it is,” Briles said. “We're going to make him earn it. We're going to give him an opportunity early because he deserves the opportunity.

“The thing I love about him is that he was salutatorian out of 516 in high school and is already married and already graduated. The guy is already a success story. Regardless of what happens on the football field this year, he's going to be successful.”

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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