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Strong promises "wide open" duel for Texas quarterback

SPORTS-UT LONGHORNS SPORTS-UT LONGHORNS

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas opened spring practice Monday with coach Charlie Strong promising a "wide open" competition for the starting job among his team's five scholarship quarterbacks.

Strong says all the quarterbacks will start with a clean slate under new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.

Quarterback has been a notorious weak link for the Longhorns, who are 11-14 in Strong's first two seasons and didn't play in a bowl game last year. Strong knows another losing season in 2016 likely ends his tenure well ahead of his five-year contract.

Against that backdrop, he acknowledged this year's spring drills pack a lot more drama than usual.

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