Mar 3 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterbacks Connor Brewer (7) and John Wilder (17) and David Ash (14) and Case McCoy (6) warm up during spring practice at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

David Ash Tops Case McCoy For Texas Starting Gig

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Texas Football: David Ash Officially Named Starting QB

Mack Brown officially named David Ash the starting quarterback of the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday afternoon.

Ash is listed at the top of Brown's depth chart, which can be viewed in its entirety here. Ash beat out both Case McCoy and Connor Brewer, who are second- and third-string, respectively.

Ash, who is entering his sophomore year at Texas, threw for 1,079 yards in 2011 as a freshman. Ash threw four touchdowns for the Longhorns last year, while throwing eight interceptions. Though he struggled as a freshman, Ash is a year younger than McCoy, and is both bigger and stronger than McCoy.

If Ash does struggle in Texas's first few games, McCoy will almost certainly get a chance to prove that he is capable of leading the Longhorns. Until then, it's Ash's team.

Texas opens up the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at home against Wyoming.


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David Ash To Be Texas Starting Quarterback, According To Report

While most of the information coming out of Texas football's fall scrimmages indicated that David Ash and Case McCoy would continue splitting snaps with the first team, one report suggests that the Texas QB "battle" has been resolved for the time being:

After going 13-12 over the last two seasons, the Longhorns are expected to return to national relevance in 2012 if they can get consistent play from the QB position, which eluded them in 2011, when Ash was a true freshman and McCoy a true sophomore.

The 6'3 225 Ash threw for 1,068 yards, 4 TDs and 8 INTs in 2011 while completing 57% of his passes. He won't be expected to be Vince Young or Colt McCoy, but he'll need to significantly improve on those stats in 2012 to keep Case on the bench.

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Texas Quarterbacks David Ash, Case McCoy To Split Opener

Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin have yet to decide on who will assuming the role of starting quarterback: David Ash or Case McCoy?

According to a Chron.com report, both Ash and McCoy will play in the team's opener against Wyoming on Sept. 1, and the two have been engaged in a battle for the starter's role for the last 20 months:

Before camp began, Brown stressed the importance of having one quarterback assert himself as the starter, and said he expected separation to happen. Lately, though, he and Harsin have reverted to last season's tactic of waxing enthusiastic about the advantages of a two-quarterback system.

"It's ideal to have both guys playing at a high level," Harsin said. "That's what you want."

"We want both guys to play," Harsin said. "There's strengths and weaknesses with both guys."

It remains to be seen if one player will finally assert himself as the true starter, but as has been the case of late, don't expect it to happen any time soon.

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Texas Football: David Ash, Case McCoy Still Competing

Remember how we'd all decided months ago that David Ash is pretty much going to be Texas' starter this year? We did. And that's what most of us have presumed all offseason, even though Mack Brown has yet to officially name Ash the starter over Case McCoy. It might be a little while yet, too:

Mack Brown has so far refused to name Ash the starter for the Sept. 1 season opener against Wyoming and insists there's a spirited competition for the position.

So what's holding Ash back?

"You're asking the wrong guy,'' Ash said Sunday. He and McCoy sat about 20 feet apart and each was surrounded by reporters asking about the competition, their summer workouts and how they've tried to improve their play.

For his part, McCoy has packed on 15 pounds and used his Holiday Bowl bench-sitting as motivation to reclaim his spot, so perhaps the competition really wasn't quite as over as we'd thought.

Texas fans prefer Ash over the platoon system the Horns used last year. He has a dual-threat component to him that could get interesting, considering what the Boise State system, which produced offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, did with Broncos quarterback Grant Hedrick at times last year.

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Texas QB David Ash Suffered A Hamstring Strain, According To Report

Texas quarterback David Ash suffered a hamstring strain during workouts Friday.

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Texas Spring Game 2012: David Ash Ready To Steer Horns

The Texas Longhorns held their 2012 spring game on Sunday (of all days), with a quarterback dispute appearing to be all but settled despite Mack Brown's refusal to name a starter.

David Ash played the opening two drives with the first team, and it might have been his lack of throws that solidified his place on the depth chart. Six tosses means the coaches already know what he can do, and as long as he can hand off to Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, he's set, right? Ash also displayed his wheels on a goal line touchdown, which he salvaged after an offensive lineman stepped on his shoe.

After the game, Ash was asked about his performance (via SI.com):

"I thought I made pretty good decisions,'' Ash said. "I've been trying to understand defenses better. ... I've been trying to improve the mental side of my game a lot.''

When asked if he thought the offense was his to run, Ash replied, "Yes sir.''

Top competitor Case McCoy threw almost three times as many attempts, but also turned the ball over twice. Based on the extremely slim sample size, freshman Connor Brewer looked more impressive. Then again, Brewer was competing against a number of walk-ons.

At this point, it would surprise pretty much everybody if Brown named McCoy the starter. It would not surprise anybody if he said Ash and McCoy will split snaps during the season. It would upset Texas fans, of course, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't surprise anybody.

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2012 Texas Spring Football Game Results: Yep, David Ash Is Your Starter

The prime storyline coming into the 2012 Texas Longhorns spring game: would David Ash establish himself as the clear starter for the season, or could Case McCoy make it a real contest again? If the spring game is to be used as a guide (OF COURSE IT IS), the competition seems to be for second place.

Ash's first-team offense sliced its way to 28 first-half points, though Ash himself threw only four times for 17 yards. Joe Bergeron and company ran for 138 yards in the first, meaning Ash is pretty good at handing the ball off. Great! Texas fans who were already sold on Ash are talking up those four attempts as being real beauties.

McCoy and the second team was shut out until the closing minute of the first half, but McCoy was good for 130 yards on 12 attempts, albeit with an interception (and nearly two) by Leroy Scott. Until McCoy hit DeSean Hales, his team's only points came on a 99-yard kick return by Mykkele Thompson.

Freshman Connor Brewer took over one side in the third, showing some nice touch on a deep throw and then a fade to Cade McCrary for a touchdown. Ash stuck around, running in a touchdown and racking up some more stats against the backups, but he finished with only six throws. McCoy also returned, throwing a second interception.

However, all these quarterbacks better watch out, as wide receiver Jaxon Shipley threw a 54-yarder of his own via a bubble screen. Other highlights included a 50-yard end around by D.J. Monroe.

Tight end M.J. McFarland was active in the first half, catching a 50-yarder past Kendall Thompson, but also being flagged for a pair of blocking penalties. It was his blocking that led to him being redshirted last year, Mack Brown has said.

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Texas Football Spring Practice: Case McCoy, David Ash Could Still Split The Job

The Texas Longhorns quarterback depth chart, among the nation's most confounding in 2011, appears to have narrowed itself to only two candidates for the coming season. After seeing last season's opening day starter, Garrett Gilbert, benched and eventually transfer to the SMU Mustangs, primary duties are likely to fall to either Case McCoy or David Ash.

It's not out of the question that the two could split the role, as they did for much of last year. Mack Brown says the two will need to be prepared to play interchangeably:

"We don't care who walks out first at any position today," said Brown, who does not plan to release an official depth chart until August. "You really need two quarterbacks. Everybody talks about the guy and the star. We have.... had the guy and the star, and then he gets hurt, he's sick and we lose a game. So we have really got to put an emphasis on being two-deep and making sure that we improve in that area."

Rising sophomore Ash gives the Horns a dual-threat option, while rising junior McCoy was clearly the better of the two last year in almost every passing category.

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