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Texas QB David Ash cleared to participate in preseason practice

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After missing most of the 2013 season with a concussion and part of spring practice with a fractured foot, Texas quarterback David Ash was medically cleared on Monday to take part in preseason practice.

Ash, a redshirt junior, appears to be the favorite to win Texas’ starting gig this fall. He’s started 21 games over the last three years and looked promising as a sophomore in 2012, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

But a concussion suffered in Week 2 limited Ash to just three games in 2013, muting any chance he had of building off his solid sophomore season. He’ll have to fend off sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard, but given his experience and previous success looks like a good bet to do so.


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8 Responses to “Texas QB David Ash cleared to participate in preseason practice”
  1. ancientcougar says: Jul 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    I’d find a different Major if I was him.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 21, 2014 2:27 PM

    UT is never going to be ultra competitive with Ash. He’s shown that time and time again.

    Horns fans better hope that Heard is all he’s advertised to be.

  3. coolhorn46 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:38 PM

    Ash may not be the second coming of Dan Marino, but us Horn fans are keeping our fingers crossed that he somehow has a completely healthy season. UT’s other quarterback options are greener than the grass you walk on, so this year, it’s Ash or go home early.

  4. tgaustin says: Jul 21, 2014 3:41 PM

    I concur 100% Coolhorn. I just pray that they red shirt Heard/or that they don’t have to burn his red shirt. The 3 headed monster in the backfield, along with a solid defense will have to carry this team. Ash is just one strong gust of wind from another concussion…so I can’t see them putting him in too much danger by hanging out in the pocket.

    Swoopes is a tight end, he just doesn’t know it yet. Ash needs to be Trent Dilfer/Brad Johnson for this team. Which really sucks for all the wide outs and has for the past 5 years. With Brown, Bergeron, Johnson and a healthy Gray, the Horns have one of the best if not the best backfields in the country.

    Hook Em’!

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jul 21, 2014 4:41 PM

    If Ash can stay healthy look for him to repeat his 2012 year. Strong and the three headed running backs will help keep him upright. Horns will surprise a few people this year.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 21, 2014 5:41 PM


    You’re asking your defense to be the 2001 Ravens…. possibly the best defense in the history of the league with multiple HOFers.

    Serious question, do horns fans really think that Ash can get them into the playoff?

  7. coolhorn46 says: Jul 21, 2014 10:03 PM

    @8 to 8…Horn fans know Ash has skills. Nobody knows what kind of skills, because he hasn’t been healthy enough long enough to show what he can really do. He’s a lot better than he was a couple of years ago, but aren’t most players who stay with the program and work at it?

  8. tgaustin says: Jul 22, 2014 12:18 PM

    Not asking the defense to be the 2001 Ravens…asking Ash to just manage the game more with his mind and not so much his feet or arm for that matter. Too many options at RB not to control time of possession. This defense is has a ton of talent up front…enough in the back end to keep opposing QB’s honest.

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