Questions about what exactly is wrong with this year’s Texas football team are rampant. That will happen when you get off to a 1-2 start when people pick you to not only win your conference handily, but also possibly compete for a national title.
The popular opinion–and necessarily so–is that the defense is not holding up its end of the bargain. People are certainly correct about that as the Longhorns defense was run off the field last week against Ole Miss, and gave up record yardage on the ground to BYU two weeks ago.
But, that’s not the only problem in Austin.
Consistent QB play has also come under heavy scrutiny recently. Not since the days of Colt McCoy have the ‘Horns had a definitive leader at the helm under center.
It’s basically a giant back-and-forth between whether Case McCoy or David Ash should be given the reins and, frankly, neither one has really stepped up to that role.
Because of this, many have also inquired about maybe giving freshman playmaker Tyrone Swoopes the nod at QB. He played admirably in their spring game a few months ago, and a lot believe that maybe he can give this team the shot in the arm that it needs.
Mack Brown has generally scoffed at the notion of throwing his young star out there so soon.
However, with his back now firmly against the wall, that tune may be changing just a bit:
Mack Brown on QBs: “If David doesn’t play this week, we’ll look at using Tyrone.” #Longhorns
— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) September 18, 2013
This definitely couldn’t hurt.