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Grade last week: B-
Like last week, David Ash did all of the necessary things to manage the Texas offense.
The sophomore demonstrated great athleticism and mobility on his 49-yard touchdown run, but he also made some small strides in the passing game, an on-going development that will be highly scrutinized over the coming months.
His deep ball and recognition still need work, but his understanding of the quality of players surrounding him and their roles in the offense is evident.
Ash went 16-for-22 with 221 yards and two touchdown throws. For those counting at home, that makes him 36-of-49 on the year with 378 yards and three touchdowns to go with no interceptions.
Between Ash and Case McCoy's late-game efforts, the Longhorns spread the ball around in the passing game very evenly and did damage with throws to both running backs and receivers.
How effective this short game will work against quality competition remains to be seen, but there is an obvious need for Ash to showcase better touch on his deep throws.
At the end of the day, both quarterbacks command an offense that established much better rhythm in the second half. And although Texas appear limited in their downfield exploits, their strengths elsewhere are legitimate.
Ash took additional steps forward, and McCoy looked sharp in his management in the fourth quarter, though it should be noted that Texas' only punt came when McCoy was running the offense.
Grade this week: B+