UW-Texas Q&A

I did a question-and-answer swap with Dave Behr and Kirk Bohls from the Austin-American Statesman who cover the Texas Longhorns questions about Saturday’s Wyoming-Texas game.

Look for more Q&A exchanges like this every Friday with writers who cover opponents the Cowboys play each week.

The first series of questions are answers provided by Behr and Boles to my questions. The second is answers Behr gave to me.

1. What is the quarterback situation like right now at Texas? Will a two-quarterback system work short or long-term and how do you see that transpiring as the season goes on?

Behr: A lot has been made of the Texas quarterback situation, but it was widely believed by the local media that David Ash was the guy the whole time. Having said that, Case McCoy made strides this offseason and made the decision tougher than the coaches likely anticipated. They’re going to try to stick with David Ash for the vast majority of the plays when Saturday’s  outcome is still in doubt, but you may see McCoy come in for a drive or two earlier than most teams would plug in their backup. As long as Ash doesn’t regress on Saturday, and the rest of the year, he’ll remain Texas’ No. 1 quarterback.

Bohls: Sophomore David Ash won the job and was announced as the starter last Thursday. Mack Brown and co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin have said all summer they will play two quarterbacks this season, but declined to reveal how much if any backup Case McCoy will play in the opener. It makes sense because there has been very little separation between the two, and both were wildly inconsistent last year. That said, Ash figures to get the majority of the snaps. He’s a bullish runner with a strong arm but needs to improve his decision-making and his accuracy.

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Early UW-Texas Q&A

We’re three months away from Wyoming’s season-opener at Texas, but it’s never too early to talk college football.

Carter Strickland from ESPN asked me this week to answer five questions about Wyoming, so I asked him to answer five questions for me about Texas. So here it is. We start with my questions and his answers, followed by my answers to his questions. Be sure to follow Strickland on Twitter: @espnstrickland

Hope you enjoy it, and hope to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Texas returns one of the better defenses in the country. What are those strengths and are there some possible weaknesses Wyoming could exploit?Texas was the 11th in the country in overall defense last year and for a five-game stretch late in the season the only two defenses that were more productive were LSU and Alabama. The issue for Wyoming is that Texas is faster on defense this year and has much more depth across the line. The Longhorns added junior college transfer Brandon Moore as well as the top defensive tackle in the country Malcom Brown to the roster.  They will go 10-deep across the line with both defensive ends, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, being for sure NFL players in 2013.
The spot where Wyoming might be able to exploit Texas is at linebacker. Texas has two first time starters in Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs. While both have very good upside, they are not used to all the schemes called by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. This could cause them to get out of their lanes every once in a while and if that happens, Wyoming needs to exploit it.
The secondary is very tough and returns three of four starters, including two corners, Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs, who are considered two of the best in the Big 12.

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