Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 5, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.
Odds are David Ash is going to equal or surpass his interception total of eight from 2011.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to be a bad quarterback in 2012. It’s just that Ash should be afforded many more opportunities to throw this season than last.
Inside the number
As a freshman Ash threw 173 passes. The other two quarterbacks threw a combined 176 passes.
Texas coach Mack Brown has come out and said that Ash does not have the starting job and that no decision is imminent. But let’s just pretend for a second that he does have the starting job.
While Texas wants to be a ball control team it would like to move away from running the ball 65 percent of the time like it did in 2011. Brown said he is more comfortable with a 55/45 run/pass split.
Where it counts in 2012
There will be more throws. Given that Texas would prefer to have one quarterback it would also stand to reason there is more room for error. So Ash’s interception total very well could rise in 2012.
History is not exactly on his side either. Historically under Brown when a quarterback attempts more than 300 passes he has eight or more picks. In fact, the last guy to have more than 300 pass attempts and less than eight interceptions was Colt McCoy in 2006. He had seven that season on 318 attempts. Jevan Sneed had two picks thrown on 49 pass attempts. McCoy only had eight interceptions on 433 attempts in 2008.
But, then again, McCoy was the most accurate passer in college football history. Ash does not appear to be on that same track.