One of the great college careers delivered Mack Brown his lone national championship in 16 seasons at Texas. Young was a 6-foot-5 package of athleticism and power. During three seasons as the Longhorns' starter, he threw for 6,040 yards, rushed for 3,127 yards and combined for 81 touchdowns. As a junior, his final season, Young passed for 3,036 yards and 26 touchdowns, completing 65.2 percent of his rushes. He added 1,050 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He finished second in the Heisman voting and was a consensus All-America. Under Young's control, the Longhorns went 34-4, including a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan after the 2004 season, followed by winning it all the next season with a 13-0 record.
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Colt McCoy, 2006-09
There will never be a more fitting name than Colt McCoy from tiny Tuscola to lead the mighty Longhorns. His legend will only grow over time, and that's without finishing the biggest game of his life. McCoy's throwing arm went dead following a shot to the shoulder during an impressive opening drive against Alabama in the national championship game following the 2009 season. He spent the rest of the first half in the locker room desperately trying to revive his arm, but it didn't happen and the Crimson Tide took the title. McCoy played 53 games in burnt orange and won 45, second-most in NCAA history. His brilliant junior season included completing an NCAA-record 76.7 percent of his passes for 3,859 yards and 34 touchdowns. He finished second in the Heisman voting, one spot ahead of where he would finish in 2009.
Garrett Gilbert, 2010
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gilbert was born to play for Texas. He grew up in Austin, won consecutive state high school titles and became the state's all-time passing leader. As a true freshman in 2009, he won the job as Colt McCoy's backup. His career jumpstarted unexpectedly, and perhaps detrimentally, in the national championship game against Alabama after McCoy was knocked out early. Gilbert completed 15-of-40 passes for 186 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. But the stat line didn't his competitiveness justice as he rallied Texas to within 24-21 before Alabama closed it out late. From there, nothing went as planned. He threw 17 interceptions in 2010 and Texas, which started the season ranked No. 5, suffered its first losing season since 1997. Gilbert lost his starting job early in the 2011 season and would transfer to SMU.
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David Ash/Case McCoy, 2011-13
David Ash and Case McCoy, Colt's brother, replaced a struggling Garrett Gilbert in the second game of the 2011 season. Texas got off to a 4-0 start, but got shellacked by Oklahoma with McCoy getting the start, and from there it became a quarterback carousel with neither QB able to separate. Ash won the job to start 2012 and won eight of the first 10 games and was good in an Alamo Bowl victory. Did Texas have its man after all? In the second and fourth games of 2013, Ash sustained career-changing concussions and the job was McCoy's again. Texas went 8-5, 9-4 and 8-5 in those three seasons -- 16-11 in conference -- respectable for some programs, but not Texas. Consistently, spotty quarterback play, with no recourse for improvement, was the major issue and led to Mack Brown's firing following an ugly 30-7 Alamo Bowl loss to Oregon.
Tyrone Swoopes, 2014
David Ash, who hoped to resume his career after multiple concussions, was new coach Charlie Strong's pick to start. The comeback lasted one game due to another blow, and by default Swoopes was handed the keys to a new offense that included a depleted line and few playmakers. With a few exceptions, Swoopes seemed out of his league, even admitting that Baylor's pass rushers made him skittish. He showed glimpses at times, but inept efforts against TCU and then Arkansas in the Texas Bowl made it clear that the position would be open to all competitors. Swoopes completed 58.3 percent of his passes and threw for 2,409 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Although some wanted to compare him to Vince Young because of his size, Swoopes added just 262 rushing yards as Texas finished 6-7.