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Charlie Strong: Starting QB David Ash out against BYU

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Texas head coach Charlie Strong says his starting quarterback, David Ash, will not be available this weekend for a home game against BYU. Ash apparently took a hit in the first quarter against North Texas on Saturday that raised a caution flag later that night. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will now be expected to be the starting quarterback for Texas.

Now Texas will be playing its next game without its starting quarterback and starting center. Center Dominic Espinosa suffered a broken ankle in the win over North Texas. He will likely miss the remainder of the regular season for the Longhorns. Strong confirmed Espinosa will require surgery. How long Ash is unavailable remains in question, although head injuries are tricky to predict. Given the history of Ash and head injuries, the margin for error is extremely thin.

Ash missed most of the 2013 season with concussion symptoms and he missed much of the spring with a foot injury. He was medically cleared to participate in football practices and workouts in July. Strong named Ash the starting quarterback a day later.

Ash played the entire game for the Longhorns on Saturday, completing 19 of 34 pass attempts for 190 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Texas was blown away, or rather run over, by BYU in Provo, Utah last season. Any hope for revenge may have taken a serious hit with this latest injury news out of Austin.

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18 Responses to “Charlie Strong: Starting QB David Ash out against BYU”
  1. 13datsyuk13 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    That should do it for Ash if it’s a concussion. I hope he gets well and finishes school. I have always liked Ash and wish nothing but the best for him.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:52 PM

    If he’s concussed his career is over at Texas and a 7-5 record is not even close to reality for Strong this season.

  3. uknowimright1 says: Sep 1, 2014 1:42 PM

    Horns would have sucked anyway…most overrated program in NCAA history, period.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 1, 2014 1:51 PM

    It is absolutely criminal that Strong played Ash for the entire game.

    Charlie might have just put the T back into ‘lawsuit’.

  5. 13datsyuk13 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:02 PM

    3 national titles is overrated? I agree that the had some high preseason rankings lately. However I think the voters (who don’t matter anymore) have caught up and don’t give Texas a break anymore. Everything will be earned from here on.

  6. artworkworld says: Sep 1, 2014 2:30 PM

    The Vince Young & Colt McCoy years seem like eons ago. It is amazing how quickly the quarterback position at Texas has deteriorated.

  7. onlyoneleft says: Sep 1, 2014 3:01 PM

    BYU will have Strong looking for a place to hide.

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 1, 2014 3:45 PM

    Texas has 4 national championships in football.

    That aside, My thoughts and prayers are with Ash. No
    football game is worth health problems later in life.

    RTR

  9. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Sep 1, 2014 4:13 PM

    Someone who cares about Ash needs to tell him it’s over. It’s become chronic for the young man.

  10. tgaustin says: Sep 1, 2014 4:16 PM

    The Horns just took a one-two combo after hearing the news of both Espinoza and Ash. Dom. had started every game at center since his freshmen year and was projected to be a hell of an offensive lineman at the next level.

    David Ash is one of the good guys in college football…his back story is pretty legit in how he was raised. Hate to see this happen but I think everybody knew he was only one play away from his career ending. I don’t see the school or his parents letting him continue to play any more and that is just sad! Such a good role model.

    I sure hope Swoopes has a better understanding of the game because he has a huge test ahead of him. Nobody wants to see the Horns burn the red-shirt of J. Heard. The defense will now have to take over games to keep the offense from having to do too much…which they are capable of.

    Hook Em’

  11. uknowimright1 says: Sep 1, 2014 7:58 PM

    1 Natl championship every 30 yrs does not qualify u as a Powerhouse program!! To get tons of Blue Chip players EVERY YEAR & perform as the Madcows do yr in & yr out is a disgrace & the very definition of UNDERACHIEVING, duhhhhhhh!

  12. uknowimright1 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:01 PM

    Madcows are the clearly the Champions of DENIAL! LOLLLLLL

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 1, 2014 8:22 PM

    I sincerely hope this kid plays again this year, but might this be the Tim to throw Jerrod Heard into the fire…

  14. pushingiron says: Sep 1, 2014 10:51 PM

    Hate to see the kid go out like this but his health is what is most important. I pray they do the right thing for him.

  15. ctlhf24 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:41 AM

    First, the medical staff makes the decision when a player is released to play and if a player should stay in the game. If there was any indication of injury Ash would have been pulled immediately. If you think Coach Strong would put any player on the field with any signs of a concussion than you are even more ignorant than you appear.

    Texas won the National Championship in 2005. I know math is hard but you really should have gotten that one since you can just count backwards with your fingers.

    Time to put down the maroon kool aid guys, especially since you claim you have “moved on” (which is apparent by the number of times you post on any Texas article).

    I admire how hard Ash has worked to get back on the field but it is time for him to stop playing. This may be a rough season but I have no doubt that we are heading in the right direction. Our defense has improved remarkably since last year and hey, you never know who might just step up and make it happen on offense.

    Hook ‘em!!!!

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 2, 2014 11:21 AM

    And when I say ” I hope he plays this year” I obviously mean, I hope he makes a full recovery and is able to play again. I don’t want to see the UT coaching staff throw him back out there if he’s not 100%, especially with a head injury.

    All that said, if the Texas D is as good as it looked Saturday, I doubt BYU gets to half their rushing total from last year. Again, it’s just N. Texas, and I know we have a tendency to overreact, but that D did look pretty good. It will definitely help ease a new QB into the fold.

  17. uknowimright1 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:38 PM

    and the DENIAL continues…Madcows are HORRIBLE!!

  18. scbaby2013 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:51 PM

    Better retire Ashe, please don’t sacrifice your health for the game

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