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Texas QB Talks Texas A&M’s Manziel, But The Coverage Doesn’t Match His Comments

gfx - they said itTexas quarterback David Ash is apparently the polar opposite of his counterpart at Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel.  According to The Houston Chronicle, Ash was “raised in a strict religious household, he grew up without TV, he claims to have never had a sip of an alcoholic beverage, he doesn’t tweet, and he doesn’t even go to the movies, much less party with rap stars.”

Asked earlier this week if he was happy he didn’t have to worry about off-field troubles — like the NCAA’s investigation into Manziel’s proclivity for signing autographs for brokers – the Longhorn quarterback had this to say:


“That a tough question.  But, you know, my answer is ‘By the grace of God.’  I don’t know Johnny Manziel personally, but I do know that college football players are regular people, and they have their problems, just like everbody else.  And Johnny Manziel, he seems to be a nice guy.  There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of things that can go wrong in your life.  And probably not very many people are interested to know what that is, or what’s going on.  Johnny, I just wish him the best.  He’s a great football player.

For me, it’s only by the grace of God I haven’t taken that path.  I’ve been blessed with great parents.  I’ve been blessed with a great community in Austin.  I have my problems, just like Johnny Manziel.  Somehow, I keep them from you guys.”


Well, for starters, he doesn’t share his every move and every thought on Twitter which is a pretty good way to keep one’s problems to one’s self.

That said, the headline to The Chronicle’s piece regarding Ash’s comment is “UT’s Ash on Manziel: ‘It’s only be the grace of God I haven’t taken that path.”  The writer of the brief story then opened the article by pointing out that Ash “has never even come close to winning a Heisman Trophy” and he’s never quarterbacked a top 10 team or beaten a top-ranked team.  Then came the quotes from Ash.

Sorry, but I think the young man was trying to be gracious when asked about Manziel, a fellow athlete.  He explained that the spotlight can be difficult, wished the Aggie star the best, complemented him, and then said, basically, that he’s glad he hasn’t found himself in the same boat.

So for the headline writer to seize on the only portion of the quote that could possibly be taken out of context is a bit of a low blow.  That one line might not have been Ash’s best choice of words, but it obviously didn’t capture the spirit of what he was attempting to say, either.

Aggies and Longhorns hate one another.  We all know that.  But there’s no reason for A&M fans to get upset over this one.  No matter how much The Chronicle headline attempts to rile them up.


CORRECTION – We initially listed Chris Ash as David Ash.  Hopefully correcting this error will put the Earth back on its axis.

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SEC Headlines 8/14/2013

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1. What’s the latest with the Auburn quarterback battle? “It appears that Nick Marshall or Jeremy Johnson will become the seventh different opening-day starter in the last seven years when Auburn welcomes Washington State on Aug. 31. ”

2. Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates on the QB battle: “It’s real close. They’re fighting, and it’s going to be a war.” JUCO coach on Nick Marshall: ”Talent wise, he’s as talented of a quarterback as Johnny Manziel.”

3. Mark Stoops – which Kentucky quarterback looks best? “I can’t hint (that) to anybody. I can’t tell you that, I’m sorry.”

4. A goal of the Kentucky defense - force four three-and-outs a game.  Only did it one time last year.

5. Redshirt freshman linebacker Trey Granier leaving LSU – will seek a transfer.

6. Brent Musberger is bullish on LSU: “LSU would not surprise me if they made a run at that (SEC) championship.”

7. Matt Hayes emails the LSU president to understand why Jeremy Hill is still playing for the Tigers.  He gets no response.

8. Is the NCAA investigating Ole Miss over the recruitment of current Mississippi State defensive end Chris Jones?  Hugh Freeze: ”I’m certain the NCAA doesn’t talk about it, so I don’t know where you’re getting it”

9. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was also asked about the reports.

10. Biggest question mark heading into the season for Florida?  The wide receiver position.

11. Former Florida linebacker Mike Peterson joins Will Muschamp’s staff as an undergraduate student assistant.

12. Keep your eye on Arkansas freshman receiver Drew Morgan – he’s going to see playing time this year.

13. Final evaluation scrimmage today for Georgia.  Here’s how the Bulldogs defense is shaping up.

14. The Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” is a Georgia pregame staple.  Here’s how it came about.

15. Who are the SEC’s impact freshmen to watch in 2013? “Alabama is so loaded, the Tide gets their own section.”

16. Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon: “Wherever I was going to go, I was going to be the best back that ever come through that college. So that’s pretty much my goal.” Yeldon SI cover shot.  Of six SI covers, SEC players are on three of them.

17. Texas A&M sophomore cornerback De’Vante Harris has gone from 161 pounds to 175.  “He’s a lot stronger.”

18. Vanderbilt fan tweets that he has to work the night of the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game.  James Franklin tweets back: “I really will call ur boss.”

Practice Reports

19. Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines has a strained patella tendon and running back Henry Josey has a sore hamstring. Neither practiced Tuesday. Josey part of a trio of running backs at Mizzou that could make an impact this year.

20. Alabama receiver Amari Cooper has a foot strain.

21. A relentless Butch Jones keeps preaching to his Tennessee team: “There are too many dropped footballs, jumping offsides, lining up offsides and then, quite simply, the fundamentals.” Tennessee freshmen QB’s gaining ground?

22. First of three LSU scrimmages is today.

23. What’s the Ole Miss quarterback situation look like behind starter Bo Wallace?

24. Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash wants his unit to create more turnovers.  ”We don’t have anybody I’d call a ball hawk.”

SEC/College News

25. The SEC will no longer license its trademark for the EA Sports NCAA sports football video.

26. Texas A&M and Alabama make Bruce Feldman’s list of 10 teams with the best shot at a perfect regular season (Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky team also makes the list).

27. Speaking of the Hilltoppers, Western Kentucky and Vanderbilt agree to a three-game football series.

28. Andy Staples says South Carolina is one of four teams that can beat Alabama this year (Texas A&M also makes the list).

29. Alabama No 1, Texas A&M No. 3 in Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25.  Seven SEC teams make the list.

30. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl now the property of the four-letter network.

31. And speaking of ESPN, the network announced their broadcast pairings.


32. When tear gas was used to stop 3,000 panty raiders at Alabama.

33. Want to hear a country/rap song about the Alabama/Auburn rivalry?

34. 23 NFL teams now have a value of at least $1 billion.  Dallas Cowboys No. 1 at $2.3 billion, according to Forbes.

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Arkansas D-Coordinator Ash Talks Up His Hogs

gfx - they said itNew Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash sounds like a man who was ready for the Razorbacks to put on the pads for the first time yesterday:


“These guys will work the process.  They will come to work every single day, we will coach them in the meetings and they are going to get better through that time.  I will be very excited and happy about the product that we will put on the field for Game One…

I tell the guys every single day is like NFL draft day.  They are getting evaluated in everything they do.  When they get to a meeting room do they get their notes out first?  Are they the first to practice?  How are they doing in the individuals?  How are they doing in walk-through?  So we are evaluating every single day.”


Ash moved to Arkansas from Wisconsin along with head coach Bret Bielema.  The Hogs he inherited on defense ranked 12th in the SEC last season in total defense and scoring defense.

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Saturday Wow Headlines 12/15/2012

New Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash reportedly has interest in staying at Wisconsin as head coach
Vanderbilt has sold more than 17,000 tickets for the Music City Bowl
Florida has sold just 6,500 tickets for the Sugar Bowl
Former Tennessee assistant coaches Darin Hinshaw and Blake Rolan joining Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Cincinnati
The SEC will not suspend Alabama DE Quinton Dial for his hit on Georgia QB Aaron Murray in SEC title game
The SEC will not suspend Georgia CB Sheldon Dawson for his eye-gouge of Alabama CB Dee Milliner in the SEC title game
11 of the 26 players on the FWAA All-America team come from the SEC
Friday night SEC basketball
Boise State 89 – LSU 70
Ole Miss 77 – East Tennessee State 55
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WOW Headlines – 12/11/12

Former Tennessee QB Tee Martin has turned down an offer to become the Vols’ new WR coach
Internet report says former Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has had informal discussions with Missouri
Chris Ash is the new defensive coordinator at Arkansas – joining head coach Bret Bielema from Wisconsin
SEC football attendance was at its lowest point since 2007 this past season
In terms of tickets sold, Auburn, Tennessee and Kentucky saw the biggest drops (and all three changed coaches after the season)
Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is a leading candidate to replace Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech
New Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino will face both Kentucky and Tennessee to open the 2013 season after those schools chose not to interview him
South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore has a news conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, where he’s expected to announce his plans to pro
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