Texas QBs: So Happy Together

Redshirt freshman Colt McCoy and true freshman Jevan Snead said all the right things when they met with the media Wednesday for the first time this season.

Now, it remains to be seen which quarterback makes all the right moves and establishes himself as the starter when the 2006 campaign kicks off in a couple of weeks.

The first thing that jumps out at you is that they look bigger, even without shoulder pads, than they did during the Spring Game last April. Colt McCoy is listed at 6-3, 205, but said he added 15 pounds of muscle this summer. Jevan Snead also stands 6-3 and is listed at 215, but a couple of teammates insist he is closer to 225. More important, which young signal caller is closest to inheriting the reigns of the defending national champs?

Any, and all, questions pertaining to their status in the pecking order was deferred to the coaches.

Said McCoy, "That's up to the coaches. We're out there getting better every day. Whatever is best for this team is what's going to happen."

Said Snead, "That's not the issue right now. We're just out there competing right now. Whenever that time comes, the coaches will decide what's best for the team."

Otherwise, August camp has been "great". The coaching is "great." Summer workouts were "great." The defense is playing "great", and the receivers are doing a "great" job of catching the ball.

If you're clamoring for clues to determine which QB has the inside track, then the responses were rehearsed and benign. If you're a member of the Burnt Orange nation, seeking assurance that there is no chemistry-killing quarterback controversy in the ranks, then the responses were selfless and judicious.

Wednesday, Snead worked with the Ones for the first time this season, but coaches have said all week that it was intended simply to get both quarterbacks acclimated to both centers.

McCoy believes the greatest strides he has made occurred this summer during voluntary workouts, especially in terms of getting on the same page with the receivers.

"I really mesh with my teammates better," McCoy said. "We worked with the receivers seven-on-seven. That was the big thing. The seven-on-sevens were great. It helped us get our timing down. Everybody showed up on a consistent basis and it worked out great."

For Snead, it was more of a matter of assimilating the playbook and adjusting to the speed of the collegiate game.

"It really helps to go against our defense," Snead said. "They're just so quick. They'll be one of the best defenses we'll face all year. Also, I'm just staying in the film room... The game has slowed down a little bit now that I've gotten used to it."

The strong-armed Snead has also worked to get a softer touch on the intermediate passing routes. (Teammates have marveled at Snead's arm but report that some of his tosses have nearly knocked them over.)

"There's been a couple of times when I get a little excited and I throw it too hard on the short routes," Snead said. "That's definitely something I've been working on."

Much of the focus this week has been picking up blitzes, but Snead said he is just as intentional about polishing his presence in the huddle.

"I'm trying to be more vocal. I'm trying to be loud in the huddle. If they do something wrong, I tell them. If they do something good, I congratulate them. You can't be all quiet and shy."

McCoy also talks to former Texas QB Vince Young, on occasion.

"He's pretty busy right now and is doing a great job at Tennessee," he said. "We stay in touch. He says the obvious: keep working hard. We talk about what they're doing up there and what we're doing here. He knows the offense so we can relate what we're both doing."

Following Wednesday's workout at Denius Field, Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis repeated for the umpteenth time that no clear-cut starter can be determined until both QBs operate in live game-day conditions.

Publicly, at least, it remains one of the friendliest competitions you'll ever see.

Said McCoy: "I go out there and compete and work hard. I try to help Jevan along, but the coaches are doing a great job of coaching us. Our teammates are doing great with the whole situation. We're just trying to be the best we can be."

Said Snead: "We both want to be the starting quarterback. It's just going to come down to what coaches think is the best for the team."

Both will play against North Texas in the September 2 home opener, coaches have said, and it's conceivable that both will be playing at the end of the season. At the same time, it could be that only one of them plays against Ohio State.

"Whoever starts," Snead vowed, "we're going to be very good."

The Horns are scheduled to practice 7:15 a.m. and again at 3:15 p.m., Thursday.

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