David Ash

David Ash cleared by Texas’ medical staff


As he begins to prep for his first spring as Texas’ head coach, Charlie Strong will be armed with the knowledge that the “incumbent” at the quarterback position will be a full, healthy go.

In tweets posted to its Twitter account Saturday night, the Longhorns revealed that David Ash has been cleared for offseason training.  That clearance includes full participation in the 15 spring practice sessions that will commence in the next couple of months.

Ash missed most of the 2013 season due to a concussion suffered early on.  After incurring the original injury Sept. 7, Ash returned two weeks later only to see the concussion symptoms recur.  In late November, Ash was officially shut down for what little was left of the season.

Because of that, however, Ash will likely receive a medical redshirt, for which he’s already filed an appeal.

With a new offensive staff, including coordinator Joe Wickline and quarterbacks coach/former Louisville coordinator Shawn Watson, installing a new system, having Ash as a full participant during the on-field installation will be a huge plus for the Longhorns.  Ash, though, will likely also be involved in a quarterback competition with touted 2013 signee Tyrone Swoopes.

Dalvin Cook remains day-to-day for FSU vs. Miami

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One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.

During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest.  The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.

We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.

“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.

Ryan Simmons, one of Okla. St.’s ‘unquestioned leaders,’ out for rest of 2015

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Ryan Simmons #52 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys brings down Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns during a game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.

On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.

Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.

Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.

On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”