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September 18, 2012

Big 12 teams scoring in bunches



It appears that Ash holds the key to the Texas season and that his ability to make plays happen has changed the complexion of the team.

And it didn’t come easily, for he is a true sophomore without much background.

“You go back and look at what happened with him before the season last year,” instructed coach Mack Brown. “He got four snaps in the spring game. He was basically a high school senior in the spring. He was the fourth QB.

“Then we didn’t get him a lot of snaps in the summer. We didn’t get to give him a lot of snaps, only had an option package. It was probably more on us than David last year that we put him out there in front of 100,000 people.”

However, a transfer by one of the quarterbacks gave him a chance this fall, and he took advantage.

“He and Casey McCoy had a great competition through spring and summer. Then he just started doing things right,” said Brown, who gave him the job and does not regret it.


Oklahoma State true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt was injured six plays into the last game, but you could hardly tell as the Cowboys still managed to put up 65 points against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with another freshman W.J. Walsh running the show.

“We give about 30 percent of the reps to the backup,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We’re unique in that both guys are true freshmen who hadn’t played. The coaching staff was grouping plays for J.W. Now we have to go with them until we get Mike back out there.”

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