Texas’ David Ash, the Longhorns’ junior-t0-be quarterback entering his third season as a starter, is on the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate quarterback.
The expectations are high for the Belton product, who has started 18 games in his career after being thrown in as a true freshman in 2011. Last season, Ash completed 214 of 318 passes (67.3 percent) for 2,699 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was intercepted eight times.
Ash is one of only two representatives of the normally quarterback-heavy Big 12 to be on the initial preseason watch list. The other is TCU’s Casey Pachall, who was suspended for the final nine games of the 2012 season.
Three Longhorns have won the O’Brien Award — Colt McCoy in 2009, Vince Young in 2005 and Earl Campbell in 1977, when it was presented to the top player in the Southwest.
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