After his break-through performance in the Texas Longhorns’ 66-31 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi, sophomore quarterback David Ash has been selected as the College Football Performance Awards National Quarterback of the Week.
Ash had by far the best performance of his collegiate career, completing 19 passes in 23 attempts (for 83% completion) for 326 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
After struggling last season, though he was thrown abruptly into the fire before being prepared, Ash showed a lot of improvement in the first two games this year, but the offense still lacked firepower. This game, however, he and his teammates opened the floodgates.
Additionally, three other Longhorns received honors from the CFPA as well: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was selected as Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performer of the Week. He scored on a 69-yard run early in the second quarter and hauled in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Ash.
Sophomore cornerback Quandre Diggs was named Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week for his two interceptions in the victory while sophomore linebacker Steve Edmond was named Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week for his interception returned for the first touchdown of the game as well as his 5 tackles.
While the Rebels’ defense may not have matched up well with the Longhorns’ offense, many football fans believe that this could have been the break-out offensive performance that they have been expecting to see from the Longhorns all season.
With a huge arsenal of offensive playmakers and the creative offensive minds of co-coordinators Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite, there is no reason that the Longhorns shouldn’t boast one of the most powerful offenses in the country, and Texas fans hope that Saturday’s fireworks show was just the tip of the iceberg.