Texas took a brutal loss at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, and it appears that they've lost quarterback David Ash in the process.
UPDATE: Monday, October 15, 12:45 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
After what many in the Texas Longhorns program though was a much more serious injury, starting quarterback David Ash will start Saturday and help get the team back on track.
Austin American-Statesman sports columnist Kirk Bohls is reporting on Twitter about Ash’s status for Saturday’s matchup with Baylor:
Texas QB David Ash says he'll start against Baylor Saturday.— kbohls (@kbohls) October 15, 2012
David Ash said he practiced yesterday. Had minimal wrapping on his left wrist. Even kidded around, put his left arm under his jersy as joke.— kbohls (@kbohls) October 15, 2012
After two straight losses, Ash will not only have to play to get the Longhorns past the Baylor Bears, he will have to be at his best.
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UPDATE: Monday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
Texas fans can take a collective sigh of relief, as the latest report has Texas Longhorns sophomore starting quarterback David Ash’s wrist injury less severe than first thought.
Orangebloods.com insider Chip Brown is reporting on Twitter about Ash’s status after injuring his wrist from Texas head coach Mack Brown:
Mack Brown said on the Big 12 call David Ash's left wrist injury is a "bruise" and that Ash practiced Sunday night and should be fine.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) October 15, 2012
After two heartbreaking losses in a row, the Longhorns will look to get back on track this week against the Baylor Bears. Texas will need Ash on the field if they want a chance to win, and their young QB will likely start.
Check back for updates as the week progresses.
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Update: Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9:35 p.m. by Ben Chodos
David Ash's wrist passed the first test and the quarterback may be able to play this coming Saturday.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported the results of Ash's X-rays via Twitter.
X-rays on Texas QB David Ash left wrist shows no fracture. He has not been ruled out of Baylor game— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 15, 2012
The Longhorns will be desperately hoping they have their sophomore signal-caller available as they go against a potent Baylor offense.
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Update: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:06 p.m. by Tyler Conway
Though Ash's injury looks pretty severe, its full prognosis will not be known until the team re-evaluates the sophomore signal-caller on Sunday, according to OrangeBloods.com's Chip Brown.
Texas QB David Ash has an injured left wrist and will be re-evaluated Sunday, according to UT. DT Brandon Moore has some movement.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) October 13, 2012
Like most of the Longhorns, Ash struggled against Oklahoma. Nonetheless, he's been fantastic all season and a long-term injury could be a crushing blow for a team that is already reeling.
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Ash left the game in the second half after taking a hit that left his wrist looking like this (courtesy of ESPN's Andrea Wall):
If that's not serious, then I don't know what is.
Despite Ash's poor performance on Saturday, there is no doubting how much a long-term injury would impact Texas' offense.
Ash was 13-of-29 for 113 yards and two interceptions before leaving in the fourth quarter. He didn't look comfortable from the beginning, and he never gained control of the Longhorns offense in the biggest game of the season.
Coming into the game, Ash had 11 touchdowns and just one interception on the season. After winning the job over Case McCoy this summer, he had firmly entrenched himself as the team's No. 1 option behind center.
Now, at least for the time being, McCoy is the guy. He did manage to toss a touchdown to Mike Davis after taking over on Saturday, but his long-term potential is yet to be seen.
Ash's injury took things from bad to worse for Mack Brown's boys. The Red River Shootout is one of college football's biggest rivalries, and the Longhorns never showed up to play.
Not only is it the team's second-straight loss, but it was an embarrassing effort on both sides of the ball.
Based on that gruesome picture, the forecast doesn't look good for the young signal-caller. McCoy may have to take the reins for the foreseeable future, with a reeling squad around him.
McCoy has potential, but Ash was commanding the Longhorns' attack with precision prior to Saturday's game.
Stay tuned for updates regarding Ash's injured wrist.