OSU football notebook: Quarterback issues linger at Texas

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: November 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm •  Published: November 9, 2010

Might Texas make a quarterback switch with the Oklahoma State Cowboys ready to hit Austin?

Don't count on it. But don't count it out, either.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown admits the sticky situation that is his quarterback position, with starter Garrett Gilbert coming off a five-interception performance in what has been a 4-5 start. Gilbert's 14 interceptions are a Big 12 high, by a big margin — five more than any other league quarterback.

In the wings is freshman Case McCoy, the younger brother of UT legend Colt McCoy. But is Case the real McCoy?

"Garrett gives you the best chance to win out because of the experience he's had," Brown told reporters on Monday. "He's shown the ability to win a game."

Brown's dilemma is twofold. Benching Gilbert would risk wrecking his psyche, when the UT coaches still believe he can be the quarterback of the future. And making a move to McCoy would essentially send a signal to the team's veterans that it's all about next year.

"There's a lot of real crucial decisions you have to make now," Brown said. "I have to watch real carefully how I make them and what I do with them because I do know that every player and coach is watching very closely."

HURTING 'HORNS

The setback at Kansas State took a toll beyond the scoreboard.

Texas lost three starters, including cornerback Chykie Brown, who suffered a broken arm and is out for the season, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman.

Running back Tre Newton and left tackle Kyle Hix suffered head injuries and their status for Saturday's game against the Cowboys is unknown. In addition, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat's continued struggle with an ankle injury has resulted in his removal from the depth chart.

The 'Horns are hoping for the return of cornerback Aaron Williams, who suffered a concussion against Baylor and missed the K-State game.



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