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Who Is David Ash?

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
Belton, Texas has a population of less than 20,000. It's located along the famous Chisholm Trail - the route used to drive cattle in the 19th century. Some 14 decades later, residents of Belton still enjoy bragging about a prized Longhorn - especially if it's one of their own.

From the Gin at Nolan Creek to B-town Burgers, customers' food would get cold if you'd let them tell every glowing story they have about native son David Ash.

"He is going to give it 100 percent every time," says Belton resident Glen Sumerford. "He comes from a long line of family with good principles."

It took 13 games for Mack Brown to see enough out of Ash to anoint him as UT's starting quarterback. For Belton High head coch Rodney Southern, his vetting process was much shorter.

"We knew from the first time I saw him throw that he was going to be special," Southern told KEYE TV sports.

But the 185 pound freshman with the huge arm and even bigger potential wasn't unique because of athletic ability alone.

"He didn't have much exposure to the outside world," says Belton offensive coordinator David Brewer. "His mother and father did a great job of bringing him up, but he was a bit sheltered."

"David wasn't involved in much other than school, family, and athletics," says Coach Southern. "He joked about drinking milk that was milked, like from a cow. Not the kind you buy in a store."

But what really moves Ash is his faith. He was raised in a home with Christian values stronger than any offensive line or recruiting pitch.

"Texas had a recruiting event, a junior day, that fell on a Sunday," Southern said. "I told Coach Muschamp at the time that 'David will not be there if it's a Sunday' so [UT] made arrangements to meet up with him after church."

Saturday night, when Ash enters Royal Texas Memorial Stadium to start the season opener, he may be 61 miles from his hometown, but Belton isn't nearly that far from him.

By Adam Winkler
Who Is David Ash?


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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