Texas Football: Is David Ash Emerging from the Longhorns Quarterback Pack?

Kris HughesCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2011

Could David Ash Emerge As Garrett Gilbert's Backup?
Could David Ash Emerge As Garrett Gilbert's Backup?

Belton-native David Ash is one of the most prolific passers in the history of Central Texas high school football.

His 61.3-percent completion rate, close to 3,500 yards passing and 41 touchdown throws as a senior are unreal numbers for a Texas 5A quarterback.

With his early enrollment and arrival in Austin, new Texas co-offensive coordinators Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite are getting a close look at the talented young quarterback and determining the role he could play for the 2011 Longhorns.

According to reports, Ash has impressed the coaching staff early in spring workouts with his combination of quiet confidence, nice accuracy and velocity on throws and some surprising escapability and elusiveness.

Coaches have been less impressed with Connor Wood and Case McCoy, both of whom are missing throws and having apparent difficulty picking up quickly on the new offensive schemes being implemented by Harsin and Applewhite.

According to this report on one notable Texas blog, Ash has a legitimate chance of ascending the ranks of the backup quarterbacks (assuming Garrett Gilbert will be given the starting nod) to be the primary backup for the Longhorns in 2011.

This is largely due to a combination of toughness, ability to throw a tight spiral into close quarters (very important to a short passing game) and overall accuracy of throws.

Up to now, Case McCoy's greatest attribute was thought to be his passing ability and Connor Wood's his instinct.

If Ash already combines both of these qualities at this point in his career, why wouldn't he get the nod over Wood and McCoy to be Gilbert's backup?

If the Belton product truly is the most talented of the three backups and has the brightest future ahead, Texas would be remiss to not give him a reasonable number of snaps through the remainder of the spring and on into fall practice.

After all, Texas quarterbacks who believe they will not ever get their chance under the spotlight have a tendency to jump ship.

Just ask Jevan Snead and G.J. Kinne.

Is David Ash the future of quarterback at Texas, or is the hype machine already working overtime to pump up the newcomer without reason?

What's your take?