Posted February 7th, 2013 by J
Filed under: Football

David Ash

Texas needs a big 2013 from David Ash.

Big things are coming for Texas in 2013: Especially for Junior quarterback David Ash. I’m not calling for an improvement over his sophomore campaign. I’m calling for a transformative season. A season in which each and every one of us has to applaud and give credit where it is due. A season that will require Ash to be mentioned in the same conversation as (gasp!) Layne, Street, Applewhite, Young, and the McCoy (the good one, not the amateur film maker).

Yes. You’re correct — you just read that.

Colt McCoy left Texas as the winningest college quarterback of all time. His junior and senior seasons were two of the best ever by a Texas passer. Check out McCoy’s stats for a reminder of just how great he was in his career and his two Heisman finalist seasons:

Colt McCoy career stats

Here’s where I feel Ash will be for the upcoming season. Yes, his predicted passing total of 4,014 yards surpasses McCoy’s best year of 3,859 yards (2008). The 36 touchdown prediction also surpasses McCoy’s best year of 34 (2008). This is where I get crazy, the point where if you had yet to question my sanity-you begin to. I think Ash out rushes McCoy’s best year as well. I should be on medication and a strong dose of it, correct? Ash will come away with a grand total of 780 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns. That total surpasses McCoy’s best season on the ground (561 yards in 2008), but falls short in the number of touchdowns (11, in 2008). It also surpasses the best single-season passing yardage and touchdown totals of Vince Young in 2004 (3036 yards/26 touchdowns), Chris Simms in 2002 (3357 yards/ 21 touchdowns), and Major Applewhite in 1999 (3357 yards/21 touchdowns).

Check out my predictions for each game in 2013:

David Ash 2013 stats

This would be a monumental season for Ash and the Longhorns. An 11-1 record places them at the top of the heap come play-off time and poised to fight it out for a national championship. Quarterbacks over time have shown the most growth between their sophomore and junior seasons. It will be interesting to see how well Ash performs when he has an Offensive Coordinator that will make it imperative to get the ball to his best play makers in areas where they can maximize their abilities. No more multiple shifts and personnel groupings.

Yes, I am pumping sunshine. Bask in it. Soak it in.

I can’t wait to see the first time the Longhorns come out 4 wide with Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis, Daje Johnson, and Cayleb Jones and either Jonathan Gray or Malcolm Brown in the backfield.

How do you cover that?

Whose the poor linebacker tasked with keeping up with Johnson or Gray/Brown?

Feel free to let me know just how crazy you think I am in the comments below. I’m sure many of you will have something witty to say. I will be more than happy to eat crow if I’m off base and rest assured I will say “I told you so!” if given the opportunity.

Here’s to hoping I get to do that a minimum of 12 times next year.


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  1. reply to  #1


    My guess is you’re high on the passing TD numbers as we’ll use the running game to punch it in a lot as opposed to scoring through the air.

    I think a lot will depend on how Applewhite uses Ash vs the Wildcat/Overstreet/Swoopes to rush the ball, but I really hope you’re right about Ash running a lot more than in previous seasons. It adds a dimension to the offense that you can’t replace any other way.

  2. reply to  #2


    You could very well be correct…but I promise to show up and eat crow if need be. I’m also guaranteed to show up and gloat if given the opportunity.

  3. reply to  #3

    Rusty Stevens

    Based on that projection, how long before Brewer transfers?

  4. reply to  #4



    I would think Brewer leaves sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up at Arkansas State with Harsin.

    But most everyone (including me) thought Case McCoy would be transferring the past two off seasons, but nothing has come of it.

    Brewer has to see the writing on the wall with Swoopes and Heard coming in.

  5. reply to  #5

    Bob Big

    Puff puff pass.

  6. reply to  #6

    Karl Hungus

    This is hilarious! Am I reading the onion? This just in: David Ash woke up this morning in Johnny Manziel’s body…

  7. reply to  #7


    Um…Thats 11 interceptions, not 10. And rushing TDs would be at 10, not the displaying 9. At least the Arkansas folks take off their shoes to count. Geezus.

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