Sooners must prepare for new Texas quarterbacks and new offensive coordinator

by Michael Baldwin Published: October 2, 2011

Who is David Ash?

“I don't know,” said Oklahoma nickelback Tony Jefferson.

“Who's that?” said veteran linebacker Travis Lewis.

“I don't know who he is,” said linebacker Corey Nelson.

Oklahoma's defensive players were stumped when asked about Ash after Saturday's 62-6 win over Ball State. But they will quickly become very familiar with the 6-foot-3, 215-pound strong-arm freshman from Belton, Texas.

Ash is alternating with Case McCoy, the two quarterbacks the Sooners will face Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl.

The Ash pop quiz at least verifies players weren't looking ahead to Texas.

“I thought (Garrett) Gilbert was the quarterback,” Jefferson said when told Ash is a co-starter.

Uh, Gilbert was benched to third team, then was declared out for the season following shoulder surgery.

So you know nothing about Ash?

“I will (Sunday),” Jefferson said.

“I'll have to start watching film,” said linebacker Tom Wort. “I haven't paid much attention to Texas.”

OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said he's well aware of Ash.

“David Ash is very talented,” Venables said. “We know about him and our players are going to know what we know.”

Venables said it's similar to when the Sooners faced other first-time Texas starters in the Cotton Bowl.

“I go back to Major Applewhite and his first game (against us), Vince Young in his first game and Colt McCoy in his first game,” Venables said.

McCoy and Ash have combined to complete nearly 70 percent of their passes for four TD passes with zero interceptions.

Much of Texas' unexpected 5-7 meltdown last season was attributed to Gilbert, who threw 17 interceptions and only 10 touchdowns.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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