Four downs: Ash needs to become leader 

January, 2, 2013
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Each week Sean Adams takes a look at some topics around the Texas Longhorns and college football.

First down: Applewhite and Ash need to become best friends

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AP Photo/Mario CantuSophomore quarterback David Ash had an up-and-down season in 2012, but he enters the spring as the starter.
Major Applewhite needs to pour himself and his experience of being a Texas quarterback into David Ash. I still don’t think Ash has grasped the position and, more importantly, the role of the quarterback at Texas.

The Texas quarterback position is not one that can be taken in a passive way. Anyone from a team, a church, a family or any other group will listen to anyone talking in the absence of genuine leadership.

Ash needs to go back and look at the Longhorn Network’s “The Season” for the 2005 and 2009 seasons. He doesn’t have to be Vince Young or Colt McCoy, but he will clearly get the message that his voice needs to be the most important voice in that locker room.

If he can’t figure out how to be the most important and leading voice on the Texas team and especially the offense, Texas will not reach the desired prize.

Applewhite talked about this Texas team needing to be uncomfortable and Ash will have to make himself uncomfortable to grow himself as a leader. There is no other way to get there.

Second down: Leadership creates accountability

Coach Mack Brown told me a couple of years ago that Texas better stop looking for leadership and start developing it.

If it needs to bring in outside consultants, let the players compete, administer the Myers-Briggs to everyone or some other device, Texas had better figure out who has the pulse of this team and who the team listens to.

The spring and summer need to be so hard that the players see getting to the season as a reward. The players have to know and believe in the results and trust in the direction and preparation.

It all starts at the top and Brown needs to continue the apparent hard, boot camp-style bowl practices that were taking place before the Alamo Bowl.

Third down: Expectations in the spring for offense

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