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Can David Ash stay on the field this season?
Starter: David Ash
It's optimistic for a concussion-prone, oft-injured and inconsistent quarterback, but David Ash will start every game he is healthy for the Longhorns. He is the only quarterback on the roster that has ever started a game, much less even thrown a collegiate touchdown.
Strong expects him to return from his foot injury by mid-July, which will get him back on track to start the season opener. From there, who knows what will happen.
Charlie Strong said he's hoping to have RB Johnathan Gray, LB Jordan Hicks back by mid-June, QB David Ash by mid-July
-@max_olson, 28 Apr 2014
Backups: Tyrone Swoopes, Jerrod Heard, Miles Onyegbule
Whoever ends up as the second-string quarterback has a strong chance of playing this season. We have seen Swoopes look very good, such as when he completed 15 of his last 21 spring-game passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and we've seen him throw a pick to a walk-on.
Depending on which version of Swoopes prevails, freshman Jerrod Heard could claim the backup role after spending some time with quarterback coach George Whitfield. The nation's top dual threat is now up to 205 pounds, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman, and Strong has said, per Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, he's open to starting Heard if he proves he can handle it.
The battle between these two gifted athletes will be of chief interest during fall camp, while Onyegbule should not see the field under any circumstance as a quarterback.