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David Ash cleared by Texas’ medical staff

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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.

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8 Responses to “David Ash cleared by Texas’ medical staff”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Jan 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    I hope the new staff and Strong open up the competition between Ash, Stoopes and the new guy from Denton.

  2. rabbi187 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:36 PM

    That’s if Heard still signs with us. I think he’s on the fence now with Mack gone. I’d hope to see Heard as a Percy Harvin style player rather than a QB. Give him snaps at WR, RB, and QB and maybe have him returning kicks.

  3. mldean71 says: Jan 18, 2014 11:25 PM

    I would like to see Heard redshirt to give space between himself and Swoopes. Learn the offensr then next year be able to truely compete for the stating role. Going to be alot of chaos in the first year, Heard will be wasting a year where Strong will need seasoned college players to get some needed wins to please a “We Texas, Why We Not Winning Now” Fan base.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 18, 2014 11:32 PM

    Ash won’t matter. First time he gets tackled for real, he’ll be out for the year again. The definition of a QB with a glass jaw.

  5. dcboltsfan says: Jan 18, 2014 11:40 PM

    “That’s if Heard still signs with us. I think he’s on the fence now with Mack gone. I’d hope to see Heard as a Percy Harvin style player rather than a QB. Give him snaps at WR, RB, and QB and maybe have him returning kicks.”

    What?!?!? Heard met with Shawn Watson and IS solid to Texas. No way will he be anything other than a true dual threat QB. As with Teddy Bridgewater, is Heard is ready and wins the competition this Spring he will be the QB come August. It’s good that Ash is healthy, but everyone starts with a clean slate.

  6. rabbi187 says: Jan 19, 2014 12:06 AM


    I checked again and you’re right. Glad to see that Heard appears solid. Last time I was doing research on our recruiting class, it said he was unsure about Strong’s plans for him. As for his use, I would still rather see him as an all purpose back rather than a dual threat QB. I’ve followed him at Denton Ryan the past 2 years and he is very raw in the passing game, but is dynamite in the running game. That being said, so is Swoopes.

  7. dcboltsfan says: Jan 19, 2014 10:21 PM


    Jerrod Heard’s 2013 Sr. film at Denton Guyer (not Ryan) looks pretty impressive. It highlights his passing skills. He is in NO way on the same level as Swoopes’ crude passing skills. If I had to wager, I’d put a whole shiny nickle on Heard beating out Swoopes, especially if Ash has another black out bout. Lastly, I hope the Staff brings in a Graduate transfer player to compete w/Ash this year so heard can, indeed RS.

  8. dcboltsfan says: Jan 19, 2014 10:22 PM

    Forget the link:

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