With the Texas defense expected to match, if not top, their sterling performance from last season, all eyes during the Longhorns spring practice have been on the QB position, particularly incumbent starter David Ash.
Ash, who never received the benefit of a red-shirt season, struggled mightily at times as a true freshman at the most scrutinized position on the field, particularly after late season injuries to Texas' three top RB's.
However, in his first spring practice at Texas, he has impressed many, including co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin:
"It started to make more sense. He started to feel more comfortable with what we were doing. That's really it. He's taken the next step in his preparation before we got into spring practice of studying the system and having a better understanding of the expectations for these plays and in these situations."
Harsin has the reputation of a QB-friendly coach from his days at Boise State, and if he can turn Ash into a BCS-caliber starter in his second season, he may be able to write his ticket as a head coach to nearly any school in the country.