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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 21, 2014 07:08 GMT

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Texas 5, Miami 4

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3

Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5

N.Y. Mets 8, Oakland 5

Washington 3, Arizona 2

Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2

St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 3

San Francisco 8, Chicago Cubs 3

Colorado 5, Kansas City 2

San Diego 4, L.A. Dodgers 1

Thursday's Games

Arizona (Miley 7-9) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 6-9), 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 0, 5 innings, comp. of susp. game, 5:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Teheran 11-9) at Cincinnati (Holmberg 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Bumgarner 13-9) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-10), 8:05 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 11-11) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 14-3), 10:10 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Texas 5, Miami 4

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3

Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5

N.Y. Mets 8, Oakland 5

Houston 5, N.Y. Yankees 2

Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 0

L.A. Angels 8, Boston 3

Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 0

Colorado 5, Kansas City 2

Thursday's Games

Houston (Keuchel 10-8) at N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 4-2), 1:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Kluber 13-6) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 13-8), 1:10 p.m.

Detroit (Price 12-8) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 8-6), 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 11-4) at Boston (R.De La Rosa 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

Thursday, Aug. 21

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22

Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Oakland at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFF

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-3) Eastern Conference Atlanta vs. Chicago

Friday, Aug. 22: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Atlanta at Chicago, 7 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Aug 26: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana vs. Washington

Thursday Aug. 21: Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Indiana at Washington, 5 p.m.

x-Monday, Aug. 25: Washington at Indiana, TBD

Western Conference Phoenix vs. Los Angeles

Friday, Aug. 22: Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Aug. 26: Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. San Antonio

Thursday Aug. 21: San Antonio at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Minnesota at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

x-Monday, Aug. 25: San Antonio at Minnesota, TBD

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