So, Who Is Texas' No. 4 Quarterback?

Head coach <B>Mack Brown </b>has made it clear that <B>Chance Mock </b>is his No. 1 quarterback. But with only three signal callers on scholarship, what if (God forbid) something happens that would prevent Mock, <B>Vince Young </b>or <B>Matt Nordgren</b> from taking snaps?

What if one of the talented youngsters is injured, even temporarily? Who, then, steps in as the No. 3 QB? Or, if all three remain injury free, who is the next Beau Trahan (i.e., the scout team quarterback who could be pressed into duty, if necessary)?

"We'll look at the guys already on campus," head coach Mack Brown said. "Kendal Briles, to throw a name out, because he's been a quarterback his whole life. But we'll have a guy that can run a limited package if we had to move him over."

The free safety was two-time Texas 4A Offensive Player of the Year at both Stephenville and Lubbock Wolfforth Frenship. He earned first-team all-state QB honors during his senior season at Frenship. (Briles transferred schools when his dad became running back coach at Texas Tech in 1999. The elder Briles is now University of Houston head coach).

"We'll also look at one of the new recruits (as scout team QB), probably Eric Foreman or Billy Pittman," Brown added.

Recruited as an athlete, Foreman was a four-year starter at both QB and DB at Corrigan-Camden, leading his team to a 2002 Texas 2A Division I state championship. Pittman was a four-year starter at QB at Cameron Yoe. He earned third-team all-state honors and was the District 18-3A MVP as a senior.

The one thing Brown does not have to worry about this season is whether Mock, Young or Nordgren will take their game elsewhere.

"We've talked to all three quarterbacks because sometimes you have a guy transfer," Brown said, "and all three have assured us that they're here. They're not going to leave regardless of what happens."

Brown said he wants to recruit two quarterbacks for Signing Day '04 with the bumper crop of exceptional senior-to-be signal callers in the Lone Star State.

[Editor's note: IT has profiles on two of those exceptional signal callers today. Simply ,a href=http://texas.theinsiders.com/>click here to see which ones.]


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