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Notes from David Ash's Scrimmage (Story)

  • Jeff Howe

    By Jeff Howe

    BELTON, Texas -- There were some plays made that could go in a highlight reel and some plays he’d sure like to have back, but overall Belton quarterback and Texas commit David Ash seemed pleased with the way things went in Belton’s Friday night scrimmage against Waco High.

    The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was on target with his throws for the most part and continues to improve in making the proper reads and using his check downs when the need arises. The Tigers and Lions didn’t keep a running score, but regardless Ash felt like he and his teammates got done what they needed to get done.

    “I feel like after tonight we’re on the right track,” Ash said. “Everything is starting to come together and based on what I’ve seen I think we can do some good things this year.”

    Belton and head coach Rodney Southern run their offense predominantly out of the shotgun with Ash being under center only about 20-30 percent of the time. With the Longhorns shifting to the quarterback being under center more, Ash said that’s something he’s perfectly fine doing as a despite not getting a great deal of reps under center right now.

    “You’re closer to the defense and I feel like you can see what’s going on better when you’re under center,” Ash said. “It’s easier for the backs to get downhill and it really makes your play action effective, so you can trick people and do some different things.”

    The newest Longhorn commit – Cibolo Steele running back Malcolm Brown – can get downhill in a hurry. With the news of Brown’s coming on board with Texas’ 2011 class going out on Wednesday, Ash said he’s thrilled to have Brown as a future teammate.

    “I was so excited when I heard he committed because I’ve been waiting for him to commit for a while now,” Ash said. “He’s a quality back and I’m excited that he’s a part of the Longhorn family.”

    The air briefly went out of Tiger Stadium late in the scrimmage when Ash was blasted by a Waco High defender on a blitz off of the edge. Ash was de-cleated and lost the football, but despite the devastating hit he got back to his feet quickly and went immediately to calling the next play.

    Toughness and a willingness to stand in the pocket and make throws are two of Ash’s best qualities and he said the hit is part of life as a quarterback.

    “We’ll go back and watch the film and see what happened, but credit them because they disguised it well and they blitzed from depth,” Ash said. “As a quarterback, you’re going to get hit that’s a situation I’ll face in the future where I might just have to eat it and try it again the next play.”

    With the Tigers’ lone scrimmage over, Ash and his teammates will now focus on what they need to do before next week’s season opener against reigning Class 5A Division II state champion Abilene in the Alamodome in San Antonio.

    “I think it’s mostly the little things we need to fix,” Ash said. “We’ve just got to fine tune some things and make sure we’re getting our line calls right and things like that. The good thing is our communication has been really good so I feel confident that we’ll be ready to play.”

  • Jeff Howe

    Photo gallery from tonight's scrimmage.

  • Thanks jeff. The high school scrimmage coverage has been high quality. Appreciate the hard work. Would you say that Ash has all the tools, but just needs to develop more accuracy? In your opinion was this the right move over Brewer? I trust the staff but I have read so many glowing reports on brewer this summer.... Thanks

  • Did you keep track of his attempts and completions. Generally, how did he look overall throwing the ball.

  • Tintop said... (original post)

    Thanks jeff. The high school scrimmage coverage has been high quality. Appreciate the hard work. Would you say that Ash has all the tools, but just needs to develop more accuracy? In your opinion was this the right move over Brewer? I trust the staff but I have read so many glowing reports on brewer this summer.... Thanks

    You must've missed his All Star game performance.

  • This guy sure looks the part, but I think he has a lot to prove this year. I would have loved to go out of state and recruited Driskel. That kid is big time.

  • Quarterback said... (original post)

    You must've missed his All Star game performance.

    Correct. Never seen him play, just going by the limited coverage from rivals. I believe is was the 7 on 7 championship. Anyway he was the staff's #1, which is all that matters.

  • Tintop said... (original post)

    Thanks jeff. The high school scrimmage coverage has been high quality. Appreciate the hard work. Would you say that Ash has all the tools, but just needs to develop more accuracy? In your opinion was this the right move over Brewer? I trust the staff but I have read so many glowing reports on brewer this summer.... Thanks

    Ash Over Brewer? Absolutely. Brewer is a built for 7 on 7 football in Texas with no lineman in front of him and questionable athletes covering his receivers. Put a bunch of 6'5" guys in his face and athletes that can cover and he's a marginal QB with a weak arm. He's a good HS QB but would not have played at Texas.

    Ash Over Walsh? Debatable but the coaches saw the two up close against each other last year at camp and liked Ash. In addition, there were rumblings that Walsh really liked OSU early but I think that could have been overcome if the coaches had made it clear he was their man.

    9 and 4 at Texas sucks! - Jeff Howe

  • I think we got an idea of what Brewer could be at qb, against the SE team in the Gridiron Kings 7-7.

  • Jeff Howe

    I think taking Ash was the right choice. I think Ash gives you the size, arm strength, athletic ability, toughness and smarts you want in a quarterback.

    Didn't keep track of completions and attempts but I though he threw the ball well. He needed to do a little bit better job of changing speeds and throwing some balls with more touch at times or maybe taking a little off, but overall I thought he was solid.

    The thing Ash needs to continue to is continue to improve going through his progressions and make a decision just hair quicker. There were a couple of times where he made the right read but might have hesitated to make the decision and trusted his arm to get the ball there on time a little too much.

    He's definitely got the tools to play at Texas. The great thing about him that I've observed is how much he loves the game and you know he's going to put in the work to get better. I wouldn't worry about him not maximizing his talent.

  • Jeff Howe

    Also wanted to add about a couple underclassmen from the scrimmage...

    2012 Waco High cornerback Will Hines is a wiry kid who doesn't blow you away when you see him on the hoof, but's a physical, press corner with quick feet. 6-0, 170, 4.51.

    I was also impressed with 2012 Waco High RB Darrell Harris. Extremely quick hips and very, very elusive in the open field. 5-9, 180, 4.5.

    Also, 2012 Belton S Trumaine Rose made some nice plays last night. Rose checks in a 5-11, 170, 4.5.

    Keep an eye on Belton's 2013 class. HC Rodney Southern is very excited about his sophomore class and thinks he's got a few potential Division I kids in that group.

  • Jeff Howe

    Jack Burton - Jeff Driskell is a stud. By far the best QB I've seen nationally.

    On Michael Brewer - I think he's going to be best used in an offense where he can use his legs and change launch points when he throws.