Texas-UNT: Post-game Overload

Don't miss these post-game nuggets from Texas' 38-7 victory over North Texas in the debut of Charlie Strong Saturday night.

****** ASH 'SPORADIC':  David Ash was not available in post-game, but QB coach Shawn Watson said of Ash, who finished 19 of 34 passing for 190 yards and 1 TD and was sacked twice: 

"David had good moments and not-so good moments," Watson said. "He was sporadic. He settled down and got into a rhythm and then got out of that rhythm a bit. But we'll get him fixed." 

****** HAINES NO LONGER A WALK-ON: S Dylan Haines, who had the first of 4 INTs for a dominating Texas defense vs UNT, said he is no longer a walk-on. He said he was offered a scholarship and accepted two weeks ago.

****** STINGY PASS DEFENSE: The longest pass given up by Texas Saturday was 7 yards. Of course UNT completed only 3 of 17 passes for a meager 15 yards passing total.

****** MAKING A RARE BLITZ COUNT: Texas didn't blitz much at all Saturday. One of the few times the Horns did, they brought LB Demarco Cobbs and S Mykkele Thompson right up the middle on third-and-4 from the UNT 37 in the 2Q and both got a half sack for dropping UNT QB Andrew McNulty for an 11-yard loss, forcing a punt.

"We didn't blitz much," DC Vance Bedford said. "But when we did, we made it count."

****** RUNNING GAME NEEDS WORK: When I asked Shawn Watson about Texas' running game Saturday night (40 carries for 163 yards (4.1 ypc) and 3 TDs, he said:

"Considering all the different combinations we've been playing it worked out," Watson said. "But there's a lot of improvement we can make."

****** RIDGEWAY'S LIGHT COMING ON: Sophomore DT Hassan Ridgeway had 2 of Texas' 4 sacks Saturday night (for 18 yards in losses) as part of his 5 tackles. That was second only to DE Ced Reed's team-leading 6 tackles.

"I think that light is coming on for Hassan," said senior CB Quandre Diggs. "He's a grown man, and the more success he has the more success he'll want to have."

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said, "We also consider Ridgeway a starter."

At 6-4 and a chiseled 307 pounds, Ridgeway's continued improvement will be an enormous key to this season for Texas' defense.

****** SHIPLEY FULL STRENGTH: We reported in HD Only Wednesday night that WR Jaxon Shipley received Platelet Rich Plasma therapy for his partially torn hamstring and returned on the early end of a 3-6 week projection for recovery.

Shipley finished with 6 catches for 43 yards (four went for first downs, including a 7-yarder on third-and-6 in the 3Q) and returned 4 punts with the longest return 15 yards.

ICYMI, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy involves blood being drawn from the patient and placed in a special centrifuge, where the blood is spun down.

The platelets are separated from the red blood cells and are concentrated. The red blood cells are discarded, and the resulting platelet concentrate is injected into back into the area of the injured ligament or tendon (in Shipley's case, his hamstring).

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