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Texas QB David Ash ‘making progress’

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“Making progress” is a fairly broad statement, but that’s what Mack Brown said about injured quarterback David Ash on Monday.

Brown added that Ash’s post-concussion symptoms “are subsiding,” though he’s already been ruled out for Texas’ game this weekend against Kansas.

This is all especially relevant this week after Brown burned the redshirt of promising freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes late in Texas’ 30-7 win over TCU on Saturday. Brown said after that game: “It’s a fluid situation. We don’t know what’s going to happen with David. Want Swoopes to get ready for rest of season.”

It’s a move that caused plenty of hand-wringing in Austin, but even if Ash’s symptoms are subsiding as Brown said, it’s still risky to assume he’ll be back at any point this season.

At 4-0 in the Big 12 — and with a win over Oklahoma — Texas is a legitimate contender for a conference title. It’ll come down to the final three weeks of the season, when UT gets Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at home before a season-ending game at Baylor.

Case McCoy is Texas’ quarterback for now, but Brown needs a contingency plan. As long as Ash isn’t in the picture, that plan is Swoopes — and if he’s needed in that brutal three-game stretch to close out the season, perhaps it’s better for him to get some experience under his belt before then.

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4 Responses to “Texas QB David Ash ‘making progress’”
  1. v2the4 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    as I said last week, as a Longhorn fan, I do not want to see David Ash back at QB this year. Not because of his lack of talent, but because of his history of suffering concussions.

    He has had two this year. He had one, possibly two in 2012. He missed the final game of that year vs Kansas St on what was said to be a “rib injury” but it was a concussion. He missed the season finale against A&M in 2011 also.

    the kid has to think of his long term future…he takes too many hits, and if UT puts him back out there vs either Oklahoma St, Texas Tech or Baylor, and he goes down with a head injury, then they should be held accountable. Keep him out please.

  2. footballislife01 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:47 PM

    Is it just me or does it look like when McCoy is throwing either on the run or a sideline pattern, he acts like the balls weighs about 10 pounds and shot pushes it. When he drops straight back and throws deep, it does not have the same look.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:27 PM

    Humm, all of a sudden Ash is getting better after Swoops takes off his red shirt.

  4. greggatx says: Oct 28, 2013 10:09 PM

    David Ash needs to take the rest of the season off and get healthy again. His long term heath is more important than any football game or season. God willing, we will see him next year!

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