David Ash Injury: Longhorns Have No Shot at Beating Baylor Without Sophomore QB

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 13:  David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns warms up on the field before the Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners at Cotton Bowl on October 13, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 15 at 11:26 a.m. ET

According to SiriusXM's Chip Brown, Ash has a bruised left wrist and practiced on Sunday night:

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

That's great news for a Longhorns' offense that needs Ash under center to get back on track after last week's debacle.

Stay tuned as we'll provide you with the latest updates on Ash's status leading up to the Baylor game.

--End of Update--


Hanging with an explosive Baylor offense was going to be difficult enough for the Longhorns.

Doing it without David Ash under center would be close to impossible.

Ash, the Longhorns' sophomore QB, injured his left wrist in the fourth quarter of their blowout loss to Oklahoma, and speculation ran wild as to whether the wrist was broken and how long Ash would be out of action.

According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, however, Ash's wrist is not broken, and there's a chance that he could play against Baylor on Saturday afternoon: 

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

If there's a silver lining to be found other than the fact that his wrist is not broken, it's that the injury occurred to his left wrist, which resides on his non-throwing arm.

Should the doctors determine that there's no risk of further damaging the wrist and clear him for action, it pretty much comes down to the quarterback's threshold for pain as to whether he'd go against Baylor.

Ash has basically carried this team to a 4-2 record, the biggest cog in an offense that ranks 10th in the nation, dropping nearly 43 points a game on the competition.

With Baylor's offense even more prolific—they rank fourth in the country, scoring nearly 48 points per game—does anyone really have faith that McCoy can maintain that level of play?

Over the last four games, Texas has allowed 31, 36, 48 and 63 points, numbers that are clearly trending in the wrong direction.

Baylor might not score 63 points, but they are going to score.

There's a reason that Ash was starting over junior Case McCoy—simply put, he's a better quarterback and Texas is a better team with him under center.

The Longhorns need David Ash under center if they have any shot at beating Baylor.