Could Ash win the starting QB job at Texas?

True freshman David Ash continues to impress his Texas Longhorn teammates at fall practice as the battle for the starting quarterback job in Austin heats up.

While practice has been closed to the media, several senior players said Tuesday that Ash has been impressive the first two weeks of practice, according to Steve Habel of CBSSports.com

“Ash doesn’t get rattled,” senior linebacker Emmanuel Acho said. “We have tried to break him, but we can’t.”

The 6-3, 215-pounder is one of four signal-callers vying to start the Sept. 3 season opener against Rice. He's joined by incumbent starter Garrett Gilbert and second-year players Case McCoy and Connor Wood. While few thought the Belton High School product was a legitimate candidate in this quarterback battle, Ash has continued to display a strong arm and a veteran's confidence. And his teammates are buying in.

"He's a fiery guy," senior safety Blake Gideon said. "It's serious for him, and we could tell that from the start."

While Gilbert is still considered the most talented signal-caller on the roster, avoiding mistakes will be his biggest test. If the Longhorns are going to bounce back from a 5-7 season, the offense cannot continue to put its defense's collective backs against the wall.

"All the quarterbacks played well," Acho said. "Now it's time for one of them to be a leader."

Could that leadership come from a true freshman against the Owls in the opener?

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