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If you are a Longhorn fan there is no more welcome sight than the start that sophomore quarterback David Ash has had to the season, whose week-to-week improvement has been staggering.
Throughout the offseason fans and experts viewed this Longhorn team with cautious optimism due to the uncertainty at the quarterback position, where inconsistency had been hampering this team since Colt McCoy was knocked out of the 2009 national championship game. The ensuing battle for the starting job between Ash and junior Case McCoy only exacerbated the situation, causing fans to brace for the impact of yet another disappointing campaign.
Those days are way in the rear view mirror.
David Ash has started this season with back-to-back-to-back career games. The sophomore signal-caller tore through the non-conference opponents with 703 passing yards for seven touchdowns and zero picks while completing over 76 percent of his passes.
Ash still had his doubters following games in which he struggled to get the ball down the field against the paltry defenses of Wyoming and New Mexico. He responded in turn with the best performance a Texas quarterback has put on in years in throwing for 326 yards and three touchdowns, including four completions for 45 yards or more.
Is Ash ready to lead this team back to a BCS bowl? Not yet, but he is getting there much faster than anyone anticipated. He is running offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin's offense with confidence and nearly flawless execution, inspiring his teammates every step of the way.
Whether Ash can keep this train rolling remains to be seen, but for the first time in two years the Longhorns have a bona fide starting quarterback. And the talent to back him up.