Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17
Longhorn Network has the latest update on Ash's status:
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Charlie Strong announces that David Ash has decided to give up football.9/17/2014, 11:15:28 PM
Updates from Monday, Sept. 8
ESPN Texas reported the latest on David Ash's status:
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Charlie Strong on David Ash: “Right now David is indefinitely out. Tyrone is our quarterback."9/8/2014, 4:03:35 PM
The Charlie Strong era at Texas got off to an excellent start with a 38-7 victory over North Texas on Saturday, but the Longhorns will have to put on an encore with a new quarterback under center.
According to Strong, junior David Ash, who threw for 190 yards and a touchdown in the opener, will miss next week's game against BYU. OrangeBloods.com's Anwar Richardson and ESPN.com's Max Olson relayed some of the details:
The Austin-American Statesman's Kirk Bohls noted that this particular scenario could open a whole new can of worms:
This is obviously an extremely concerning development for Ash, who missed most of the 2013 season after suffering a concussion. Both Strong and onlookers from the outside, such as NFL.com's Bryan Fischer, expressed worry about the young signal-caller's future:
Safety is priority No. 1, especially with head injuries, and hopefully Ash is able to make a quick and full recovery.
On the field, Strong is confident in his team's depth, per ESPN.com's Travis Haney:
He will turn to sophomore Tyrone Swoopes as his starting quarterback:
Swoopes attempted just 13 passes last season, tallying 26 yards, and was sacked twice. The dual-threat QB showed glimpses of his potential during the team's spring game while Ash sat out with an ankle injury, but he's still considered fairly raw.
Fortunately, Texas has a strong run game to fall back on. Johnathan Grey and Malcolm Brown lead a balanced attack that should help the Longhorns tread water while figuring things out at quarterback.