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The day before the Longhorns reported for training camp, top backup Sherrod Harris, a senior, left the team. That means freshmen Case McCoy (Colt’s younger brother) and Connor Wood are battling for the No. 2 spot, far from ready to play if Gilbert gets hurt.

The duel is one that Brown calls “urgent.” As the national championship game proved, the No. 2 quarterback has to be ready to play at a moment’s notice.

Gilbert’s first lesson for the freshmen was simple: Always know where your helmet is.

“Don’t wear a baseball cap on the sideline,” Gilbert said.