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The quarterback position has been an ongoing struggle for Texas since Colt McCoy's departure in 2009. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to Texas fans that the veteran quarterback on the roster has the most to prove in 2014.
David Ash's career has been an up-and-down battle from the moment he arrived in Austin. His expectations of gaining a redshirt year were cut short in the first game of his true freshman season. The moment his redshirt was pulled in 2011 was only the beginning of the bumpy road for him.
He spent his true freshman season splitting reps with Case McCoy but nabbed the starting role heading into his sophomore year. His 2012 performances were a bit inconsistent, but his future looked bright after he led his team in a come-from-behind win over Oregon State in the 2012 Alamo Bowl.
A lot of hype surrounded Ash leading up to his junior season. He was named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and CFPA Offensive Award heading into 2013.
But his opportunity to show he had finally come into his own was cut short in Week 2 when he suffered a concussion against BYU. The concussion symptoms lingered on throughout the rest of the season.
He was granted a medical redshirt and has the chance to redo his junior year and start fresh under first-year quarterback coach Shawn Watson.
Ash started the spring off strong and earned praise from his new head coach. Strong commended Ash for his efforts and said he had established himself as a leader with his team, but his accomplishments were cut short due to another injury.
He suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot during spring practice and underwent surgery to repair the fracture.
He is expected to be at full-strength come fall camp, but he will be somewhat starting over in his quest to establish himself as the No. 1 guy. Ash needs to hit the ground running in order to prove himself to his coaches and, more importantly, show that he can stay healthy.