Former Texas quarterback David Ash was placed in a tough position when he chose the Texas Longhorns in February of 2010.
For almost all of his career, Ash was incredibly underrated. As a quarterback who was preceded by Garrett Gilbert, Colt McCoy and Vince Young, expectations were placed unfairly high for the former Belton High star. Paired with Connor Wood, who transferred to Colorado in 2012, and Case McCoy, Ash outperformed both to earn the right to play as a true freshman when Garrett Gilbert was benched.
Ash was a Longhorn. His reserved, quiet personality with the media was overshadowed by his attention-fueled counterpart in College Station. Here is a quote that Ash gave when he committed to Texas:
I had already decided if they offered, I'd accept. When we starting talking, they offered a scholarship and I accepted right then and there. Then I spent rest of day trying to make everyone else to commit.
He was more than a serviceable quarterback. In fact, he was probably on the outer barrier of being elite. Unfortunately, being plagued with concussions is basically a life-threatening injury, and new coach Charlie Strong rightly cut his career short.
How will Ash be remembered? He became a polarizing figure for Texas fans in his career as a starter, with some wanting to see other quarterbacks get playing time and others saying that Ash was on the cusp of greatness. He was never able to reach that threshold, but he did have some great plays while he was at Texas. Let's take a look at them: