David Ash got the hook late in Texas' win over Kansas, but his body of work has allowed him to keep the Longhorns' starting quarterback gig, despite Case McCoy leading the Horns to a win over the Jayhawks.
"It was a staff discussion yesterday," Texas coach Mack Brown of the decision to name Ash the starter for Texas Tech. "David's body of work has been really good. He has played as one of the best quarterbacks in the country."
Ash failed to generate any significant offense for most of three quarters against a woeful Kansas team before he was pulled with 9:37 left in the fourth. McCoy, who split time as a starter in 2011 with Ash before losing the competition to start this season, orchestrated a come-from-behind 21-17 win with two scoring drives on Texas' last two possessions.
"He was prepared and ready," Brown said of McCoy.
Now Texas is poised and ready to play McCoy at any time.
"We would not hesitate to put Case in after Saturday for sure," Brown said.
No question, this is the right move for Texas. Ash looked like a new quarterback this season, and had a rough day against Kansas. His physical abilities still give him the chance to do things McCoy can't. He'd shown an ability to do it this season.
Texas put itself in a tough position by benching Ash, but one bad game and a handful of nice throws from McCoy isn't enough to change the course of the season at the position. If Ash struggles again, no question, McCoy deserves a shot quicker than he might have in the past.
As for the starting gig, it should still be Ash's.