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.
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