A new era will begin when Texas holds its annual Orange-White game April 19 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. This will be the first spring scrimmage since 1997 that someone other than Mack Brown is leading the team.
Fans will get their first look at the Charlie Strong-led coaching staff. No doubt the eyes of Longhorn nation will be watching how Strong, and his coaches, interact with the players. The game will offer a glimpse at what kind of team Texas will put on the field in 2014. It will also be a measuring stick for quarterback David Ash.
Ash missed most of the 2013 season with concussion-related symptoms. He has been cleared to participate in Spring drills and is expected to regain the starting job. Sitting behind Ash is the talented, but raw, Tyrone Swoopes. Incoming freshman Jerrod Heard will not be on campus until the Fall semester. Texas needs a healthy Ash, but the question of how healthy he is won’t be answered until he takes a hit.
Quarterback is not the only roster spot with concerns.
- Who will step up along the defensive line to replace Jackson Jeffcoat and Chris Whaley?
- How quickly can an offensive line returning one starter gel?
- Malcolm Brown returns at runningback, but who else chips in until Jonathan Gray returns?
The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.