Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/20/13

With David Ash still questionable for Saturday’s game due to fourth quarter injuries two weeks ago against BYU, there is no doubt in my mind that Tyrone Swoopes should be the Longhorns’ starting quarterback against Kansas State. returned to practice Wednesday, but is still being evaluated for his head and shoulder injuries. The odds don’t seem to be in his favor. Going down the list of Texas QBs, the next person to be chosen is technically number two Case McCoy (not to be confused with his actually talented brother Colt). Last week, the senior got to start against Ole Miss, where he threw for a mere 196 yards, resulting in a disappointing 44-23 loss. In his four years at Texas, Case McCoy has certainly been nothing to stand up and cheer about. McCoy played 23 games, threw for 1,831 yards, passed for 13 touchdowns, and threw seven interceptions. These stats all add up to a dismal 58.9 career completion percentage. Given this knowledge, it is clear that McCoy is not the answer for Saturday’s starter. So, we move to spot number three, freshman QB Tyrone Swoopes. Known around the Forty Acres as the Longhorns “best kept secret,” this Texas native truly has what it takes to bring some fire to a defeated Longhorn team. Back at the Orange and White Game in April, Swoopes clearly proved that he was both a dual-threat and better candidate than backup Case McCoy. If you ask me, it’s time for Texas to let out this not-so-little secret. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Although fans should not get too ahead of themselves, Swoopes really can be the next Vince Young for this team. Think about it. As a freshman, Swoopes already has the huge build of Young, coming in at 6’4” and 230 pounds. Not only is Swoopes big, but he is also incredibly fast. Swoopes outruns defenders easily with long strides that make him look like he is simply jogging. Most quick quarterbacks, like Denard Robinson, have the fast feet, but not the height. Swoopes has both, which will help him take hits at the end of runs. Despite the fact that Swoopes’ arm is certainly not perfect, he can consistently throw a catchable football, unlike David Ash. Swoopes struggles with short, accurate practices (like Vince Young), but he has a strong arm that can get the ball far down the field. In addition to his arm, Swoopes can scramble extremely well and can improvise when his read is not open, another thing that Ash and McCoy are clearly challenged by. If Mack Brown wants to make his hot seat a little cooler, I think he should give Swoopes a chance. Texas fans have little trust in McCoy, and even if fans trust Ash, there is a good chance he will not be playing this Saturday. It will be very interesting to see what happens tomorrow night at Darrell K. Royal Stadium. -Barash

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