Depth Chart Preview: Quarterback

Looking at the depth chart situation coming up at quarterback for the Longhorns.

Scholarship Players

David Ash

Tyrone Swoopes

Jerrod Heard*

* Indicates 2014 recruit


Ash — 21 starts

Projected Two-Deep




Perhaps Ash should have entered 2014 as a senior quarterback coming off a season where he become a star. But things seldom work out as planned, and Ash started just three games in 2013, thanks to multiple head injuries. Could Ash perhaps have played late in the season? Maybe, but it made more sense to keep him out of harm's way and allow him time for a full recovery before spring football (and keep an injury redshirt in play). Ash gives Texas an experienced starter, and if he's fully healthy (he was cleared full-go for conditioning) then the Longhorns will be in a good spot. After that, it becomes spotty, though Swoopes did see a bit of time behind Case McCoy in 2013. Don't be surprised if Heard is more ready than Swoopes and gets a nod if anything long term were to happen to Ash. Texas might have liked to add a junior college transfer, but it was a down year for the position. Keep an eye on a potential transfer, particularly a graduate transfer who could lend immediate help and depth.

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