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Longhorns fans will look at David Ash's two-interception performance and groan, "Here we go again." But given how little time this offense has had to learn Major Applewhite's scheme, Ash's performance alone should not have them changing their expectations.
If you include bowl practice, Major Applewhite has only had 25 practices to get his team up to speed on his up-tempo attack. The Longhorns are still learning how to execute this attack, and mistakes like Ash's two picks are to be expected. There is too much that has to happen in the 20-25 seconds following the spot of the ball for the 'Horns to have this already down-pat in such a small time frame.
That is not to say there has not been obvious progress. Ash still completed better than 70 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and his top skill players are ahead of the curve. Especially running backs Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, who combined for 78 yards on just eight carries.
When addressing his record-breaking UCLA basketball teams, coach John Wooden frequently stated his mantra, "Be quick, but don't hurry." Right now, the Longhorns are hurrying at times in an effort to be quick. By the time the falls rolls around, they will be much more accustomed to this pace.