DALLAS (AP) - Texas coach Mack Brown finally got a break at Big 12 football media days from having to answer who will be his starter. The Longhorns have junior David Ash, whose 18 starts are the most among current league quarterbacks.
After Colt McCoy led Texas to the BCS national championship game in 2009, Garrett Gilbert struggled the following season when the Longhorns had their only losing season under Brown. So in 2011 the question was whether Gilbert would be able to keep his job over then-freshmen Ash or Case McCoy, the two the coach was choosing between a year ago.
In a game he wasn't even sure he would start, Ash capped his sophomore season last December by helping lead the Longhorns to a 31-27 comeback victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl. Ash threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns after halftime, including a 36-yard TD pass with less than 2 1/2 minutes left after Texas converted fourth-and-1.
"I thought his comeback in the Alamo Bowl really, really helped him with our team, with his confidence," Brown said. "And I think it helps him nationally, and I think he'll have a big year."
With co-offensive coordinator and former quarterback Major Applewhite now coaching quarterbacks, and Ash described by Brown as "in command" after throwing for 2,699 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season, the Longhorns are planning to go with a faster tempo on offense.
Brown believes that change will be more beneficial to the defense, which will now see each week in practice what it will face in most Big 12 games.
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