We need swag­ger back, says Brown

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for the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale at Kansas State. Case McCoy played the en­tire game, com­plet­ing 17 straight passes at one point as Texas watched a third-quar­ter lead dis­si­pate into a 42-24 de­feat.

Brown said the of­fen­sive staff talked to both quar­ter­backs Mon­day and then told him that they’d like to go ahead and have him an­nounce that Ash will start in the bowl.

“The fi­nal de­ci­sion would be Ma­jor’s,” Brown said. “I would ask the proper ques­tions, but he’s got to make that de­ci­sion.”

Ash has made sig­nif­i­cant strides from his rocky de­but in 2011, when he wound up start­ing six games as a true fresh­man be­cause Gar­rett Gil­bert strug­gled and even­tu­ally trans­ferred to SMU.

Ash fin­ished this sea­son with a .677 com­ple­tion per­cent­age (193 of 285) for 2,458 yards, 17 touch­downs and seven in­ter­cep­tions. But he fal­tered badly in three games over the sec­ond half of the year — losses to Ok­la­homa and TCU, and at Kansas, where McCoy came off the bench in the fourth quar­ter to di­rect two touch­down drives and sal­vage a 21-17 vic­tory.

“David is 8-3 (this sea­son), and at Texas we want to be 13-0,” Brown said. “We need to have that po­si­tion to get a swag­ger back and step up. The stan­dards are higher than eight (vic­to­ries). That’s what the kids need to un­der­stand and our coaches do un­der­stand.

“We’re ready to take that next step and get it back to where it should be.”

Brown also said Mon­day that he doesn’t ex­pect Applewhite’s of­fense to look notably dif­fer­ent in the Alamo Bowl since the game plan al­ready was be­ing set be­fore Harsin left.

“We’ll be pretty much who we’ve been all year,” Brown said. “But I do see some changes coming in the spring. We won’t talk about those to­day be­cause we want to get through the bowl game first. We’ll still have a lot of who we are and what we are in the spring. But I think all th­ese guys have their own ideas, and they’ll move for­ward.”

David Ash fin­ished this sea­son 193 of 285 for 2,458 yards, 17 touch­downs and seven in­ter­cep­tions.

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