I’m still reeling over the news of Brian Griffin’s death on “Family Guy” Sunday night, so bear with me while I try to make it through these tear-stained, pre-Thanksgiving nuggets.
DAVID Ash could have just walked away from football, but apparently the plan is to come back and play another two years if he’s granted a medical redshirt year.
The Texas quarterback has shut it down for the rest of the season because of persistent concussion symptoms, opening up the possibility of getting not one, but two more seasons if things clear up upstairs.
“He’s a competitor, and I know he wants to play again,” coach Mack Brown said of Ash, who has been at recent practices but hasn’t dressed out.
For Texas fans who aren’t too enthusiastic about the prospect of Ash sticking around for another couple of years, consider this: He is arguably the second-best quarterback in the Big 12, and the opinion here is he would have beaten out Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf for second-team All-Big 12 (behind Baylor’s Bryce Petty) had he remained healthy.
The Horns have few options behind center outside of Ash moving forward. Tyrone Swoopes isn’t ready to run an offense, and it’s not fair to expect incoming freshman Jerrod Heard to ride in here on a white horse.
Ash isn’t Colt McCoy, but he gives this coaching staff one less thing to worry about next season — that is, if this coaching staff is back next season.
IN any other year, Johnny Manziel’s career-worst performance against LSU would have been enough to end his bid to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner, but it isn’t quite time to close the door on his attempt to join two-time winner Archie Griffin in Heisman lore.
Reason being, some other big names had tough days at the office as well.
Manziel stunk it up (16 of 41 for 224 yards with one TD and two interceptions) in the 34-10 loss, but that clunker came on the same day that Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta and Baylor’s Bryce Petty suffered crushing losses. And then there’s the uncertainty surrounding the rape investigation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
If anything, the field just opened up. Over the next couple of weeks, you will be hearing names like AJ McCarron, Boston College’s 2,000-yard rusher Andre Williams, and familiar players such as Tajh Boyd and Teddy Bridgewater.
Still, I wouldn’t count out Manziel, who has a 21.5 total quarterback rating all-time against LSU and a 93.7 against everyone else.
He could easily light it up in the last regular-season game of his college career — excuse the slang, but, he gone! — and get right back into the conversation. I wouldn’t put it past the best college football player in the country to make a late run at this thing.
IT wasn’t too long ago that the Houston Texans were the NFL’s blueprint for how to build a winner from the ground up. Smart draft picks, the ability to sign veteran talent without overpaying, and practicing patience with the head coach. Those were some of the attributes that made the Texans a solid organization.
That seems like more than a few moons ago.
While the Dallas Cowboys are in contention for a division title, the Texans are the worst team in the NFL. And notice I didn’t include the words “maybe” or “possibly” there.
Nine losses in a row can attest to that fact. Sunday’s 13-6 home loss to Jacksonville could go down as the proverbial straw with coach Gary Kubiak taking on the role of the camel. All NFL teams have injuries, and losing running back Arian Foster and linebacker Brian Cushing helped kill the season, but man oh man, it’s hard to excuse home losses to the Rams, Raiders and Jaguars.
“I think our record shows it,” wideout Andre Johnson told reporters after the game. “Yeah, if you look at our record, yeah, we’re the worst team.”
Now the fans aren’t showing up to Reliant Stadium. The empty seats were noticeable on television Sunday, and now some fed-up Texans followers are starting to wear paper bags over their heads like the New Orleans ’Aints fans from back in the day.
Dark days in Houston. Changes are inevitable.
A FINAL thought: I got really excited over the weekend when I heard that Prince was coming to the Metroplex. Then I found out it was the baseball player.