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October 12, 2012

Ash hitting the mark

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas quarterback David Ash heard the talk in the offseason about being a game manager. The Longhorns didn’t need a quarterback to win games, fans said. They just needed one who wouldn’t lose them.

Ash said all the rights things, too. He said he would spend the entire season handing off to running backs as long as it meant winning.

But inside, Ash had to know he had more to offer. He could throw. He could move the chains. He could win.

The sophomore who was simply overwhelmed as a freshman in last season’s 55-17 loss to Oklahoma returns to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas this week to face the No. 13 Sooners (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) as not just a game manager, but the best, most consistent offensive player for No. 15 Texas (4-1, 1-1).

“We’re asking him to win the games now,” Longhorns coach Mack Brown said, “and he’s doing what we’re asking.”

Ash, who split time last season with Case McCoy, emerged from training camp as the starter. Brown insisted those two were battling for the job, but Ash’s play so far this season suggests he had wrapped up all along.

Ash has gone from game manager to the third-rated passer in the country with 1,276 yards and 11 touchdowns with only one interception. He drove Texas to the winning touchdown on the road at Oklahoma State in the final two minutes, throwing a fourth-down pass into tight coverage on a play that would have all but ended the game with an incompletion.

That play more than any other showed how much he’s grown up and taken control of the offense. Oozing confidence, Ash threw the ball in the only spot his receiver could catch it.

“If it gets picked off, who cares at that point? Gun it in there and hope the guy makes a play for you,” Ash said. “You’re either going to get it or you’re not ... Sometimes it comes down to you’ve got to make a play.”

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