You won't mistake David Ash for Colt McCoy.
He's not Vince Young or Major Applewhite. He's not yet one of those iconic Texas quarterbacks.
But he's not Garrett Gilbert either.
Heck, he's not even the David Ash of a year ago.
The Longhorns' struggles at quarterback are over. Problems that plagued Texas these past two seasons have been solved by Ash, and that has never been more evident than heading into Saturday's showdown with the Sooners.
He's coming off a pair of outstanding outings. Against Oklahoma State and West Virginia, he completed nearly 79 percent of his attempts and averaged 286.5 yards.
“He's always had a great arm,” receiver Jaxon Shipley said, “but he's making a lot better decisions this year.”
Best for Texas, Ash committed just one turnover in those pressure-cooker games vs. OSU and WVU.
He was a turnover machine a year ago.
“He has really grown up,” Texas coach Mack Brown said after his team's game at OSU. “He's the leader of this football team.”
I don't pretend to know if Ash is the Longhorns' leader, but there's absolutely no doubt that he's grown up a ton.
That was evident during one telling sequence against the Cowboys. Early in the third quarter, Tyler Johnson intercepted an Ash pass. It was the quarterback's first pick of the season, and it led to an OSU touchdown that cut Texas' lead to one.
On the Longhorns' next possession, Ash was perfect. He completed each of the six passes that he threw, including a 7-yard touchdown pass.
There's little chance that would've happened a year ago.
“Last year, he had bad body language,” Brown said. “He was hard on himself.”
“He came out and knew he made the poor throw ... but he moved on and forgot it.”
That's the sign of a maturing quarterback, and Ash is definitely that.
Truth be told, he has shown that he has a chance to be something special. There has been a belief that Ash only needed to be a caretaker because of Texas' defense and running game.
Well, the defense isn't as grand as everyone thought — it couldn't stop Joe Randle a week ago and didn't nothing to slow Geno Smith's Heisman train this past weekend — and while the run game is good, Ash can make plays, too.
And the Longhorns know it.
Just look at the fourth quarter against the Mountaineers. In crunch time, the Longhorns put the game in Ash's hands. Not a bad idea considering he'd finish the night with a better completion percentage and more yardage than the Heisman front-runner Smith.
But in those late-game moments, Ash showed that he is still a work in progress.
He drove the Horns to the Mountaineer 34-yard line, only to be sacked on second down and throw incompletions on third and fourth down.
Then on the next possession, Ash missed a shotgun snap that sailed right by him and cost the Longhorns a chip-shot field goal that would've tied the game.
Ash has yet to reach that elite level we saw from McCoy, Young or Applewhite during their Longhorn careers. So, Sooner fans, you won't be confusing Ash for any of those guys Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl.
But that guy who threw two interceptions and was sacked four times last season against Oklahoma?
You won't see him either.
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