From Two to Three?

Texas coach Mack Brown joked at Big 12 Media Days that the Longhorns had made serious progress by cutting down from 2011's four quarterback hopefuls to the two competing for the starting job in 2012.

But Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said this past week that the Longhorns could potentially push into three-quarterback territory if freshman quarterback Jalen Overstreet is the answer at the open Wild Formation quarterback spot.

So just like that, the question morphed from "can Texas play two quarterbacks" to become: Can Texas play three?

"Not in a shotgun role [moving guys in and out] or anything like that," Harsin said. "But you could [play three]. You can put those guys in games. You can give them situational stuff as well, if it's worth it. If it fits and it's worth it and you're going to give yourself an advantage schematically to do that, then you do it. If it doesn't, if you feel like you've got your best guy on the field, then you don't do it."

Harsin didn't discuss who the best guy on the field was between the two candidates for the starting job — sophomore David Ash and junior Case McCoy — but he did say he was impressed with the improvements they've made in the passing game.

"[They have] much better accuracy," Harsin said. "You can tell with the veteran wide receivers and the young wide receivers that came in this summer, those guys got a lot of work. You can see it in one-on-ones. The decision-making is there. What I look for is, there's still mistakes and things like that, but they can come back now and explain it or they can coach themselves up right away. Then we'll come back right away and repeat the play, and we correct it. So we've done more of that. If there's been a mistake, we'll come right back and run the same play and correct it.

"They're starting to understand why," Harsin said. "They're starting to understand how the defense can kind of manipulate them and how they can manipulate the defense. So they're doing a much better job of that, and that's because of film study and those guys understanding the system better."

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