Case McCoy will likely start the game at quarterback for Texas on Saturday. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
What appeared to be all but official on Saturday night after throwing two interceptions and completing only two of eight passes became official on Monday morning with the release of the UCLA depth chart -- the Garrett Gilbert era is over. Sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash are now listed as the co-starters this week, with Gilbert dropping to third string.
Since McCoy's name comes first on the depth chart, expect him to take the field with the first team when the Longhorn offense trots out onto the Rose Bowl turf on Saturday afternoon in Pasadena, in part because he did enough against BYU to earn that right, and in part because Ash still does not have a full package of plays available to him at this time, something that should change over the coming weeks as he receives more practice reps and Bryan Harsin continues installation of his full offense.
As he did with the release of the first depth chart prior to the Rice game,reiterated on Monday that the depth chart is still fluid at the quarterback position. However, it would probably take massive struggles from both McCoy and Ash and serious improvement without the benefit of many practice repetitions for Gilbert to again see the field at Texas in any significant capacity -- his inability to consistently make good decisions has been extensively proven and those poor decisions now define his Longhorn career, as unfortunate as that is for him as a person and as a competitor.
In other depth chart news, fan favorite Malcolm Brown is now listed as the co-starter with Fozzy Whittaker at running back and looks primed to take over the starting job sooner rather than later, with Whittaker likely becoming the change of pace and third-down back, a move that fits his skill set and injury history. It's clear after strong finishes against both Rice and BYU that Brown is the running back of the future, as the offense operates at a much higher level when he's in the game.
After only being back with the team for a less than week, junior wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is once again a starter, moving ahead of redshirt freshman John Harris and sophomore Darius White. Goodwin is also listed as the starter on kick return, moving ahead of junior DJ Monroe.
The other major change of note is that sophomore defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey, proud owner of the only sack attributed to the Longhorn defense this season, will start next to senior Kheeston Randall at defensive tackle.