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Insight on the Texas QB Situation

With the 2012-13 season ending, the Horns are finally ranked 11th in the last poll by ESPN. As the off-season starts, I'd say Texas has a situation at quarterback. If the Longhorns wish to make a run for a national championship, they need to have a consistent player at QB, who is reliable and dynamic. The Horns are consistent at WR with young players including Jaxon Shipley and Cayleb Jones, even with junior Mike Davis declaring for the 2013 draft. They have a solid offensive line that a little training and off-season work can't fix, with a reliable backfield (which is debatable in some ways). With the problems at quarterback this past season, I think a change is in order.

So let's talk about Jalen Overstreet. In this day and age in college football, most teams find huge success with QB's who are dynamic, and can make plays with their arms and legs. Overstreet is no doubt the fastest QB on the Horns' roster, so maybe a change is in order. He will be a sophomore next year, so he has seen examples from David Ash how to lead an offense. With Overstreet in the backfield, Major Applewhite and Mack Brown would be able to expand the offense with spread looks and option plays, such as Oregon finds success in. Leadership would not be an issue, as returning players such as Joe Bergeron and Jaxon Shipley can lead the offense. The benefit a dual threat QB brings to an offense such as Texas would be that opposing defenses cannot key solely on the RB's in the ground game. Designed read option or QB run plays can keep opposing defenses guessing, making them more prone to mistakes. A single missed assignment can lead to a big play on offense.

The problem I have with David Ash, Case McCoy and Connor Brewer is that I just don't see great success coming out of any of them. David Ash in games such as Kansas St. has proved he can be inconsistent, and inconsistency is a major problem at the QB position. Case McCoy has trouble with off-field issues, and is also sporadic and inconsistent in terms of performance. As for Connor Brewer, he is just too young for a pocket passer to thrive in college football.

The way I see it, Jalen Overstreet is the best player available at the QB position who can produce the most. We will see in the coming season which QB Major Applewhite and Mack Brown select to run their offense. Tweet me at @RealGingertron if you want to talk about this or any other subject concerning Texas football. Hook 'Em!


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