Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/27/13
Texas is looking to climb back into the national championship conversation behind a new up-tempo offense. The Longhorns' fate may rest in the hands of David Ash, who is hoping to take the next step in his third season under center. Ash tries to lead No. 15 Texas to a 14th consecutive season-opening victory Saturday night against visiting New Mexico State. While the Longhorns have posted a solid - but not great - 22-16 record in three seasons since losing the 2009 BCS championship game to Alabama, they are aiming to take a big step forward this year. "I'm more confident this team will be the best one we've had in the last two years or three years," said coach Mack Brown, who led Texas to the 2005 BCS national championship. The Longhorns, who return 19 starters from last season's 9-4 team, will likely go as far as Ash can take them. He threw for 2,699 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2012, posting a 153.3 passer rating to finish fourth in the Big 12. "There's ...
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