There is guarded optimism among the Longhorn camp that Colt McCoy will log his 13th consecutive start against the Hawkeyes on December 30. The RS-freshman is able to run and throw, but walk-on Matt McCoy has worked with the First Team offense. The fifth-year senior has yet to attempt a collegiate pass. WR Quan Cosby has been given a limited package of plays should the former Mart QB be pressed into action behind center.
"Matt has done a good job, but he obviously wants Colt to be healthy and to play," Brown said. "Colt's done really well for us, so we need him to play. But Matt knows his role and can help our football team if Colt's not in there."
Brown's comments came within 24 hours after it was announced that former Longhorn QB Jevan Snead will enroll this spring at Mississippi and virtually at the same time that reports surfaced of Five-Star QB John Brantley's decision to switch his commitment from Texas to Florida.
"You want to see it work for each young guy," Brown said. "It's a tough position. If you're playing quarterback, there's only one, so it's a very difficult thing. Colt had a better year than anyone would have anticipated this time last year. We're proud for Jevan and we wish him the best."
Of course, Sherrod Harris is a mobile and a highly intelligent QB who will have four remaining years of eligibility starting with the 2007 season. Five-Star Mansfield QB John Chiles is expected to be an early enrollee this spring but has been projected at WR. Yet, the current quarterback conundrum has given Brown reason to re-evaluate how coaches have used backups during their Texas tenure. Until Snead was unexpectedly thrust into the Kansas State game, the true freshman had not logged a meaningful snap against a Division-I opponent since Texas played Rice on September 16.
"We've got to do a better job of making sure that we get Colt and somebody else ready to play next year," Brown said.
The Horns will be released following Thursday morning's practice and report to San Antonio by 2 p.m. on December 25. The team is scheduled to practice at 4:00 p.m. that day at the Alamodome. Practices will be closed to the general public, but will be open to all former Longhorn lettermen and current high school football coaches.