Texas Longhorns sophomore quarterback David Ash has been added to the 2012 watch list for the 76th Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced today. The award ispresented annually to the outstanding collegiate football player in America.
The original list was comprised of 65 players, who were selected based on their performances during the 2011 season. As the 2012 season has progressed, the Club believes that several additional players warrant attention because of their noteworthy play.
For the season, Ash has completed 55 passes on 72 attempts (76.4%) for 703 yards and seven touchdowns with nointerceptions and has rushed for 58 net yards on 11 carries with a 49-yard touchdown against New Mexico.
In the season opener against Wyoming, Ash threw for 156 yards and one touchdown, completing 20 of 27 attempts. The next week against New Mexico, Ash completed 16 of 22 pass attempts for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
In the Longhorns 66-31 win over Ole Miss on September 15, Ash completed 19 of 23 passes for a career-high 326 yards and a career-best four TDs with no interceptions. His career-high passing efficiency rating of 259.06 versus Ole Miss is the third-best mark by any FBS quarterback this season and the top mark against a BCS team.
Ash connected on 15 straight passes in the game while leading the Horns to 676 yards of total offense, the second highest offensive output in a game in school history. (The school record for consecutive passes is 18 set by Colt McCoy vs. Oklahoma State in 2008.) Ash now has 96 consecutive passing attempts without an interception dating back to last season. Ash also had 19 yards rushing to tally a career-high 345 totalyards of offense for the game.
Ash helped the Longhorns post more than 300 yards passing (326) and rushing (350) for just the third time in school history (first time in a road game), and its 66 pointswere the most in a game since the 2005 Big 12 Championship win over Colorado (70-3). It was the most points Ole Miss had given up in a game since 1917.