Spring Position Outlook - Quarterback

Over the next few weeks LonghornDigest will take a daily look at a Texas football position and the outlook of that position as spring football rolls on.

We'll kickoff things off with a position that has plenty of talent – some proven, some not – but also with health concerns to a former starter that will be one of the focal points of the program throughout the spring and into the fall.

It's also a position that will welcome in a five-star signee in a couple of months, and has the possibility of adding a Pac-12 transfer too.



Who is gone?

Case McCoy

It wasn't always pretty with McCoy, who threw 13 of his 20 career interceptions last season, but he did have a flare for the dramatic. He led UT to five career fourth quarter comebacks, including four on the road. The most memorable was at Texas A&M in 2012 when his late scramble set Justin Tucker up for the game-winning FG in the last scheduled meeting between the two rivals.

Who is on campus?

David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes, Myles Onyegbule, Trey Holtz

What's that mean?

It means that there is a quarterback dilemma on campus but one that Ash should assume control of as long as he stays healthy.

That's a major question, though, considering he missed 10 games in 2013 with concussion-like symptoms. The good news for UT is that he has been fully cleared for spring workouts and is said to be far and away the best option Texas has at this point.

Swoopes is likely going to need another summer – and perhaps fall – to get acclimated to Shawn Watson and this new system. He just didn't show enough in the six games he played in 2013 that should warrant any sound comfort in him being able to step in and take over as the starter.

Who isn't on campus yet?

Jerrod Heard

There's a lot of pressure on this five-star quarterback to come in right away and compete for the starting job. Whether that's just fan fodder or actually in the staff's plans remains to be seen.

It would have made things a lot more interesting had Heard been able to enroll early and took part in spring practice. That said, he's doing everything he can to assure that he hits the ground running once he gets to campus in a few months. That includes spending his spring break, on his own dime, in San Diego at a five-day quarterback camp taught by renowned QB coach George Whitfield.

Heard comes in with the pedigree of a freshman that should be able to compete right way. He plays with a calm demeanor not often seen in someone his age.

As for his abilities, well, all you need to know is he lead Denton Guyer to consecutive state titles, including last season when he completed 155-of-250 (62%) passes for 2,090 yards and 17 scores. He added an additional 2,138 yards on the ground with an impressive 35 touchdowns. Earning All-State and District 5-4A MVP honors.

Here is some video to refresh your memory:

There is also a growing possibility that USC transfer Max Wittek will choose Texas as his destination, sources have told LonghornDigest. Wittek, who lost the starting QB battle to Cody Kessler in 2013, will graduate this spring, making him eligible to play right away. He'll have two seasons of eligibility left.

Season prediction

Wittek will transfer in, and both he and Heard will make things interesting during fall camp, but Ash will rise to the occasion and win the starting roll. Wittek will challenge Swoopes for the No. 2 spot and, though Heard will make it extremely tough to keep him off the field, he'll redshirt and be the favorite to start in 2015.

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