Texas vs. Texas Tech: Frosh earns start
Week 10 Analysis
STATS to watch: Deep trouble
By Carter Strickland
Despite the late heroics by backup Case McCoy, David Ash was named the starter for the Texas Tech game.
The reason, Texas coach Mack Brown said, was that the staff did not want to judge Ash solely by three quarters of play against Kansas. His entire body of work was taken into account when evaluating whether or not he would start, Brown said.
That body of work has started to show some signs of wear.
In his first five games, Ash was highly productive on throws of 15 yards or more completing 55.6 percent on such throws for an average of 16.9 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the last three games, Ash's percentage on such throws has dipped to 23.5 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns.
Not only that, Ash is only having success with one down field target, Mike Davis. In the last three games, Ash is 3-of-6 when targeting Davis on throws of 15 or more yards. He is 1-of-11 when targeting any other receiver.
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Manny Diaz Talks Tech
FOUR DOWNS: Seeing is believing
By Sean Adams
During the news conference on Monday, guard Mason Walters talked about the troubles of this Texas team getting on the same page and playing with consistency. The rest of the 2012 season seems to set up well with two home games and two road games, but there is a general air of discontent with the play.
"It's not just a last-ditch effort. This team can still be really good," Walters said. "This team can have a great record. This team can do some really good things. We have to start building with urgency because we've got to go now especially with how short the season is."
People born round don't die square.
Texas is 6-2 and we know a lot about this team. It is a passing team that sets up the run on the back end regardless of what it wants to do. The Longhorns do not tackle very well. They cannot stop the run. While special teams have been pretty good, it is not special. There are a lot of things that describe these Texas Longhorns, but do not kid yourself, they know who they are and where they are vulnerable.
This team knows what its issues are. I'm just not sure it has the time or the resources to fix the problems quickly enough to help in the last four games.
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