The Texas Longhorns quarterback depth chart, among the nation's most confounding in 2011, appears to have narrowed itself to only two candidates for the coming season. After seeing last season's opening day starter, Garrett Gilbert, benched and eventually transfer to the SMU Mustangs, primary duties are likely to fall to either Case McCoy or David Ash.
It's not out of the question that the two could split the role, as they did for much of last year. Mack Brown says the two will need to be prepared to play interchangeably:
"We don't care who walks out first at any position today," said Brown, who does not plan to release an official depth chart until August. "You really need two quarterbacks. Everybody talks about the guy and the star. We have.... had the guy and the star, and then he gets hurt, he's sick and we lose a game. So we have really got to put an emphasis on being two-deep and making sure that we improve in that area."
Rising sophomore Ash gives the Horns a dual-threat option, while rising junior McCoy was clearly the better of the two last year in almost every passing category.