- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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The questions begin for Texas at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
But the answers are still more than a month away.
Sure, Mack Brown and the three Longhorns players representing the team at the Big 12 media days in Dallas will have some form of answers for the assembled clamoring horde of clacking typists. But few, if any, of those answers will satisfy.
That is not to say that the Texas contingent won’t be trying to answer to the best of its ability. It’s just that, at this point, none of them really have the ability and knowledge required to wholly answer the questions presented. There is still much practice yet to come, after all.
But there is one question, the overriding one at Texas, whose answer likely is known. The crowd discusses the question at least in whispers and sometimes shouts it: Who will be the Texas quarterback?
Undoubtedly, each of the players -- Carrington Byndom, Mason Walters and Jordan Hicks -- has more than a gut feeling for who will be under center. They, like many of those who follow Texas, witnessed David Ash take every snap in the Holiday Bowl. All of them also undoubtedly took note of the two interceptions thrown by Case McCoy in the spring game.
Any answer given by the players would be more than just some presumptive guess. But they will not give an answer or even an educated guess when asked that question. That is an edict from on high.
As for Brown, after the past two years of struggles, he'd better have more than a firm grasp on who his Longhorns quarterback is. The hope would have been that he had his answer back in the spring and let his team know.
Brown never publicly favored one over the other and sent the signal that neither player had a stranglehold on the situation. Consider that a signal flare of weakness -- within his team and across the conference.
Players are more comfortable and confident when they know their roles. It allows them to see where they are, how they got there, what they have to do to stay in that position or what they have to do to change it. On the flip side, uncertainty is the bane of any program or coach. It undermines confidence and builds doubt.
The hope for all those Texas fans out there would be that Brown steps to the podium and announces he has a quarterback.
Don’t stand by your Twitter feeds. That is not going to happen. Not Tuesday. And it probably won’t come out until the depth chart is released two weeks to 10 days before the first game.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Texas will not get peppered with questions about the quarterback when it steps in front of the media. People will ask mainly because people know just about everything else there is to know about this team.
But Brown will undoubtedly be unwavering in his message back: Texas is preparing to play two quarterbacks in 2012. And that is an answer of sorts.
Texas likely will play two quarterbacks in 2012. Maybe even three, although Brown has allowed that he would prefer if Connor Brewer redshirted.
It’s just that most schools are preparing two quarterbacks at this point in case one goes down. What Texas fans want to know is, Who will the Longhorns prepare to be the starter, and who will be the just-in-case player?
That answer, in a best-case scenario, is still weeks away.
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