AUSTIN, Texas -- There have been times this season when it has appeared that Longhorns quarterback David Ash has held on to the ball too long on deep routes, which has caused several underthrown passes.
That’s not so much a concern to Texas head coach Mack Brown as the overthrown passes that have happened too many times for his liking this season.
“Really and truly we have been overthrowing too many balls,” Brown said. “If you underthrow it you have a great chance to get it. Usually the wide receiver can come back and get it.
“Overthrown balls are punts. You don’t have a chance to catch it. I thought he did a great job and thought the receivers did a great job of helping him out. But when a receiver is turning and running, and the defensive back is running with his back to you, you will see the under thrown ball caught most of the time.”
Ash has been asked to throw the deep ball less often so far this season than he was in 2011. But when he has he’s actually been effective. He is 9-of-11 for 278 yards (a 25.3 yards per attempt) on passes of 10 yards or more in 2012.
Last season, on throws of at least 10 yards, he completed just 34.4 of those attempts and averaged just 8.9 yards per attempt.
Ash put that deep ball effectiveness on display against Ole Miss by averaging 44 yards on his career-best four touchdown throws. And he again did not throw an interception.
Not only is Ash completing his fair share of passes but he is doing it when it matters most. He’s 9-of-12 when it’s 3rd down and six or more to go, with a passer efficiency of 173.9. In 2011, his efficiency mark was just 96.6.