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Ash standing out (pulling away?) in Texas QB battle

David Ash, Case McCoy AP

For his part, Mack Brown was less than inclined last month to even hint that there may be a front-runner in the race for Texas’ starting quarterback job, identifying “getting two ready to play” as the short-term goal for spring practice.

The two would be David Ash (No. 14) and Case McCoy (No. 6), who split the starting job in 2011 after Garrett Gilbert was mercifully sent to the sidelines.  Most observers covering the team on a daily basis, however, had Ash labeled as the presumptive frontrunner heading into the spring.

Less than two weeks into the allotted 15 spring sessions, that still appears to be the case.  In fact, Ash may have even “strengthened” whatever lead he may have had to the point where at least one beat writer is prepared to project the winner in a landslide.  From Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman following Friday’s practice:

Watching the first of two open practices at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Friday, the gap between McCoy and Ash was noticeable.

So who should lead this team into the 2012 season? To steal a line from [Randy] Moss:

Straight Ash, homie.

Ash is the guy and it’s not even close. This shouldn’t be a Simms-Applewhite replay, where Mack was torn between which one to play. If early indications mean anything, Ash will be the man behind center when the Horns open next season against Wyoming.

Writing that Ash “helped himself out with the way he practiced Friday”, and while not going quite as far as Golden, the Dallas Morning News also indicated that the signs are pointing toward the QB who started six games as a true freshman in 2011 as solidifying

If Friday’s practice was any indication of what the depth chart will look like at quarterback, Ash will be the starter, McCoy his backup…

Of course, one practice viewed through the eyes of the media does not a QB decision make.  And no starter will be named, or depth chart released, coming out of the spring, meaning the official competition for the starting job will continue (deep?) into summer camp before a starter is named.  And, hell, there may even be a chance that true freshman Connor Brewer, who is participating in spring practice as an early enrollee, could emerge as a serious contender at some point between now and the beginning of September.

It’s getting to the point, however, where it would be more than a little surprising if Ash weren’t under center when UT opens the season Sept. 1 against Wyoming.

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10 Responses to “Ash standing out (pulling away?) in Texas QB battle”
  1. kingdavid56 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:35 PM

    Good McCoy quit on UT during the OU game last year.

  2. burntorangehorn says: Mar 3, 2012 1:01 PM

    kingdavid56 says:
    Mar 3, 2012 12:35 PM
    Good McCoy quit on UT during the OU game last year.
    Based on what evidence? Rumors originating from one particular source that’s has obvious agendas regarding some players? How about acknowledging when something’s a rumor, not a known fact?

  3. gorilladunk says: Mar 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    Ash “pulling away” is like saying the guy with 20/200 vision can see better than the guy with 20/400 vision. Not exactly a confidence booster either way.

  4. kingdavid56 says: Mar 3, 2012 3:32 PM

    You could just see it in the way he played the rest of the year. We were lucky to beat ATM, I am a hard core Horn fan and I know what I saw.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:09 PM

    Simms-Applewhite replay? That decision was from DeLoss. Daddy’s money played more in the decision and Applewhite got screwed and Simms proved it with his play. I just hope Ash is the answer.

  6. centexhorn says: Mar 3, 2012 9:18 PM

    I think Applewhite got the last laugh. He’s the one with a bright career still and may even end up being the coach at the University of Texas.

    But Ash is playing really well in practice. Those who think he’s not a talented quarterback are sorely mistaken. He was only a true freshman last year.

  7. doublebro says: Mar 3, 2012 11:23 PM

    Ha…..who cares….I smell 5 wins either way

  8. burntorangehorn says: Mar 4, 2012 11:25 AM

    kingdavid56 says:
    Mar 3, 2012 3:32 PM
    You could just see it in the way he played the rest of the year. We were lucky to beat ATM, I am a hard core Horn fan and I know what I saw.
    Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean he didn’t quit. The team struggled quit a bit, but that was the case no matter who was the quarterback. Neither QB was very good, and the offense in particular wasn’t cohesive at all. Either one of these QBs could develop into a good enough QB to drive the bus, but neither has shown signs of being good enough to make Texas a team that can win on the back of its QB like it did through 2009.

  9. burntorangehorn says: Mar 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    *that doesn’t mean he quit.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Mar 4, 2012 12:18 PM

    fiesty1, are you ever going to stop with your ridiculous anti-Dodds conspiracy theories? What possible benefit would Phil Simms’ money have been to the UT AD? If Simms were T. Boone Pickens, sure, he could’ve had pockets deep enough to influence the depth chart, but he’s a retired player and now a football analyst. Those guys make a lot more money than you or I do, I’m sure, but they’re not tycoons. Mack Brown and Greg Davis played the QBs they saw as giving the team the best short-term success and long-term strategy. Simms, having an extremely high ceiling, name recognition, and NFL-caliber talent, was also a very capable college QB, and if you look back at his performances, his accomplishments bore that out. Applewhite was a fan favorite with all kinds of headiness. It’s anyone’s guess how things would’ve gone had they just redshirted Simms, but (1) it’s likely they promised he wouldn’t redshirt if he committed, and (2) building a blue-chip prospect into a team-maker and high NFL draft pick can have significant benefits to the team for a long time. The fact that it didn’t work sucked, but it’s hard to blame the staff for trying.

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