That turnaround has been noticed, with Ash's four-touchdown game at Ole Miss earning him national praise and the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Award.
Just don't count OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert among one of Ash's convinced believers just yet.
“That shows he's matured,” Gilbert said, “but when we get into Big 12 play, we'll see what he's holding on to. I think he's maturing a little bit, making a little bit better decisions. But I think if we get some pressure on him up front, we'll set him down a little bit.”
OPPONENT WATCH: TEXAS INJURIES
The status of Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt isn't the only intriguing injury element leading into Saturday's game against Texas.
The Longhorns have two questionable starters: linebacker Jordan Hicks (hip) and tailback Joe Bergeron (shoulder).
Both players missed all practices a week ago, and UT coach Mack Brown said Monday he still isn't sure if either will be ready by Saturday.
Hicks is the tougher player to replace, as Bergeron has already been splitting carries with Malcolm Brown, Johnathan Gray and Jeremy Hills.
“Jordan is a big part of the defense,” 'Horns cornerback Quandre Diggs told reporters. “If he's not out there, we'll miss him.”
WALSH DIDN'T HAVE EYES FOR TEXAS
A Texas high school product, Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh said he didn't grow up dreaming of wearing horns on his helmet, like so many kids in his home state.
“I really never had a school that I followed,” Walsh said. “I always just watched college football with my dad. It was one of those things where if a team was playing well at the time, that's who I wanted to play for.
“One week it could have been the University of Miami. The next week, it could have been Oklahoma State.”