After being listed second behind David Ash on the Texas depth chart at quarterback ever since the Oklahoma State game, Case McCoy is now listed first heading into the Texas A&M game, though he and Ash are still technically co-starters.
Head coach Mack Brown said that he wasn't sure who would trot onto the Kyle field for the first play on Thursday, but did say that team will return to the two quarterback system it used earlier in the season after Garrett Gilbert's demotion.
McCoy helped lead Texas on the two longest drives of the game against Kansas State when he replaced Ash following his second interception of the game midway through the third quarter, accounting for the only Texas touchdown of the day when he found a wide-open Blaine Irby.
The biggest challenge for McCoy against a poor Aggie secondary could be dealing with a front seven that leads the nation in sacks and blitzes 50% of the time. In addition, though Mack Brown said that Jaxon Shipley has a chance to play, the Longhorns could be without him again this week and are also dealing with minor injuries to Marquise Goodwin and Mike Davis.
As for Ash, Brown acknowledged that the true freshman probably tried too hard early in the game and was pressing, which may have accounted for his accuracy issues. The major issue though was the two interceptions, as Brown once again emphasized that the quarterback position much protect the ball after those turnovers resulted in 10 Kansas State points.
As for any discord between the two competing quarterbacks, Brown said that they have a good relationship and there are no tensions between them, while praising Case McCoy's positive attitude when he wasn't playing.