Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting. Today we'll look at four ways David Ash's injury will have an effect on the Texas quarterback battle.

Whether you're a believer in Tyrone Swoopes' abilities as a quarterback or a believer in him needing a position change, you'll get some answers by week's end that will either strengthen or lessen your stance.

It's well documented as to the type of running abilities the 6-foot-4, 241-pound Swoopes possesses. Arguably the best play he's made in his Texas career came in last season's spring game when he spun away from several first-team defenders to pick up a first down on a 21-yard gain.

That was the best play in a 10-play, 31-yard drive orchestrated by Swoopes that ended in a field goal; the first time in the game the first-team defense was scored on.

But we'll get a good feel for any gains Swoopes has made with his arm, which he didn't show off too well in his limited chances last season (5-for-13 for 26 yards).

Has he made advancements with his read abilities? Does he stumble through progressions? Is he accurate with his deep ball and does he show any touch with his short and intermediate game?

These are questions that need to be answered and will be in five days.


If the Max Wittek-to-Texas rumors weren't a sure thing prior to Friday, they should be a stone-cold lock now.

Where else could he enroll that carries the same type of prestige as the program he's leaving with as murky an outlook on who the starting QB is going to be?

You've got to consider him a legitimate threat to win the starting job if he enrolls at Texas given that he wouldn't be all that far behind Ash and Swoopes in terms of understanding the playbook. Texas' current QBs have only had the playbook for a few months anyway.

Not only that, but he'd have the ability to build relationships with the receivers, running backs, and tight ends during summer workouts, which Ash won't be able to.

There are simply too many positives if you're Wittek to not want to join the picture.


There's no telling what Texas coaches are thinking when it comes to five-star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer). To redshirt him or let him compete no-holds-barred, is the question?

Prior to Ash' injury it probably made the most sense to redshirt him so he can fully grasp what Shawn Watson wants of him in this offense. Now, I'm not so sure.

One thing for certain is that Heard will hit the ground running and has every intention of competing - and winning - the starting job as soon as he gets to Austin. That's just his character.

Not to mention he is playing at an incredibly high level right now, coming off of back-to-back state championships in which he was clearly the best player on the field in each game.

If you don't think he's serious about competing right away look no further than how he spent his last spring break as a high school student. That would have been a five-day stay in San Diego on his own dime participating with several college quarterbacks at a quarterback camp held by QB guru George Whitfield.


You wonder in what ways, if any, Ash's injury will have an effect in how Texas recruits the position in 2015.

It might not have any impact and the Longhorns could continue as they were. Or it could have shaken some nerves and made Watson, Charlie Strong and Joe Wickline look at the position a little differently.

There are currently nine quarterbacks with Texas offers in 2015, with four having committed elsewhere (Josh Rosen, UCLA; Jarrett Stidham, Texas Tech; Ricky Town, USC; and Drew Lock, Missouri).

That leaves J.W. Ketchum, Kyler Murray, Chason Virgil, Zach Gentry and Kai Locksley available. Of those, Ketchum is probably the most popular choice to end up at UT but he's not a sure bet.

Murray's dad played at Texas A&M, and Gentry and Locksley are from out-of-state. So there's plenty of work to do there.

Depending on what Wittek ends up doing, whether Heard ends up redshirting, and the fact that Ash was awarded a medical redshirt and still has two years left, it's hard to imagine Texas taking more than one quarterback in this class.

Even then, that player has to be OK with the idea that he likely won't play for at least two seasons.

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