2012 Texas Spring Game: Case McCoy Throws 2 Picks, David Ash Coasts

Texas trotted out its 2012 model for a test drive on Sunday, April 1.

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Texas Spring Game 2012: David Ash Ready To Steer Horns

The Texas Longhorns held their 2012 spring game on Sunday (of all days), with a quarterback dispute appearing to be all but settled despite Mack Brown's refusal to name a starter.

David Ash played the opening two drives with the first team, and it might have been his lack of throws that solidified his place on the depth chart. Six tosses means the coaches already know what he can do, and as long as he can hand off to Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, he's set, right? Ash also displayed his wheels on a goal line touchdown, which he salvaged after an offensive lineman stepped on his shoe.

After the game, Ash was asked about his performance (via SI.com):

"I thought I made pretty good decisions,'' Ash said. "I've been trying to understand defenses better. ... I've been trying to improve the mental side of my game a lot.''

When asked if he thought the offense was his to run, Ash replied, "Yes sir.''

Top competitor Case McCoy threw almost three times as many attempts, but also turned the ball over twice. Based on the extremely slim sample size, freshman Connor Brewer looked more impressive. Then again, Brewer was competing against a number of walk-ons.

At this point, it would surprise pretty much everybody if Brown named McCoy the starter. It would not surprise anybody if he said Ash and McCoy will split snaps during the season. It would upset Texas fans, of course, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't surprise anybody.

While we're here, let's watch some college football videos from SB Nation's new YouTube channel together:

For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas.

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2012 Texas Spring Football Game Results: Yep, David Ash Is Your Starter

The prime storyline coming into the 2012 Texas Longhorns spring game: would David Ash establish himself as the clear starter for the season, or could Case McCoy make it a real contest again? If the spring game is to be used as a guide (OF COURSE IT IS), the competition seems to be for second place.

Ash's first-team offense sliced its way to 28 first-half points, though Ash himself threw only four times for 17 yards. Joe Bergeron and company ran for 138 yards in the first, meaning Ash is pretty good at handing the ball off. Great! Texas fans who were already sold on Ash are talking up those four attempts as being real beauties.

McCoy and the second team was shut out until the closing minute of the first half, but McCoy was good for 130 yards on 12 attempts, albeit with an interception (and nearly two) by Leroy Scott. Until McCoy hit DeSean Hales, his team's only points came on a 99-yard kick return by Mykkele Thompson.

Freshman Connor Brewer took over one side in the third, showing some nice touch on a deep throw and then a fade to Cade McCrary for a touchdown. Ash stuck around, running in a touchdown and racking up some more stats against the backups, but he finished with only six throws. McCoy also returned, throwing a second interception.

However, all these quarterbacks better watch out, as wide receiver Jaxon Shipley threw a 54-yarder of his own via a bubble screen. Other highlights included a 50-yard end around by D.J. Monroe.

Tight end M.J. McFarland was active in the first half, catching a 50-yarder past Kendall Thompson, but also being flagged for a pair of blocking penalties. It was his blocking that led to him being redshirted last year, Mack Brown has said.

While we're here, let's watch some college football videos from SB Nation's new YouTube channel together:

For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas.

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2012 Texas Football Spring Game TV Schedule, Rosters And More

The Texas Longhorns hold their 2012 spring football game April 1 at 3 p.m. ET, and that's no April Foolin'! For an extensive preview of what to look for, simply read this Texas spring game preview at Barking Carnival. The most exciting event of the day: the dedication of the new Ricky Williams statue in honor of the Heisman Trophy winner.

Viewing: This thing will be on TV, or at least it will be on the Longhorn Network. Entry is free. Here's your radio listening info.

Participating: As of this writing, rosters have not been divvied up into Orange and White, but here's a look at the complete spring roster. The quarterback battle between David Ash and Case McCoy is your top roster story line.

Recruiting: Burnt Orange Nation has the breakdown of which prospects will be visiting, with the two biggest prizes being "Chandler Hamilton (AZ) cornerback Cole Luke, the top target at his position, and Rossville Ridgeland (GA) safety Vonn Bell, one of the top safeties in the country."

Also, these get-ups will be worn, and there's nothing that says WE GOT MONEY quite like wearing fancy uniforms for a game that nobody's even going to see:

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For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas.

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2012 Texas, LSU Spring Football Games Lead Beginning Of Scrimmage Season

Spring game season truly gets underway this weekend, with two of the country's biggest outfits holding public to-dos. A handful of teams have already wrapped up their spring camps, but April-ish is when the totally pointless magic really shines.

The Texas Longhorns are in business on April 1 at 3 p.m. ET, live on the Longhorn Network. The LSU Tigers may actually get more extensive television coverage for their March 31 (1:30 p.m. ET) scrimmage even though it's not going to be broadcast on TV. Les Miles' squad will also celebrate their 2011 SEC title, perhaps the most forgotten SEC title ever.

Cross-border recruiting intrigue is also in play:

The rest of the weekend's spring festivities schedule (none of these games are televised nationally, so check your radio listings*):

March 31: Duke Blue Devils, LSU, Memphis Tigers, Texas State, UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

April 1: Texas

Elsewhere, the BYU Cougars have an interesting model going: they held their spring game a week before their practices end, letting them use their public scrimmage as a trial run, rather than as a presentation.

* I don't know if there are radio listings.

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Quandre Diggs Injury: Texas Loses Top INT Man For Spring

Spring football season has been off and running for a little while, and while that should get everyone excited for this fall, that means injuries are once again possible during practices. Unfortunately, the injury bug has already bitten the Texas Longhorns.

Quandre Diggs, one of the Longhorns' top defensive backs when it comes to coverage with four interceptions and 17 passes defended during his freshman season, will miss the remainder of the spring due to a left wrist injury. The Austin Statesman brought the specifics regarding Diggs' injury.

Quandre Diggs, the cornerback who led the Longhorns with four interceptions last season as a freshman, has undergone surgery to his left wrist and will miss the rest of spring practice.

Diggs had successful surgery Saturday to repair the injury and is expected to recover in time for the 2012 season, Longhorns head athletic trainer for football Kenny Boyd said.

The exact injury wasn't made clear in the article, but as long as Diggs is expected to be healthy for the actual football season, this isn't too serious of an issue.

For more on the Longhorns, be sure to visit Burnt Orange Nation.

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Texas Football Spring Practice: Case McCoy, David Ash Could Still Split The Job

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.

For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas.

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2012 Big 12 Football Spring Game Schedules: Texas, Oklahoma And Not Much Else Yet

Does your Big 12 school care about football? If it does, it's probably already got its spring game scheduled up.

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