Spring practice just got serious for the Texas Longhorns. For David Ash, he can’t catch a break.
At least not a good one.
Ash will miss the remainder of spring practice thanks to a fractured foot that will require surgery. His injury opens the door for sophomore Tyrone Swoopes to take all of the first team snaps.
This means Texas wraps up practice with one healthy quarterback, Swoopes. Ash is expected back for fall practice in August, when Jerrod Heard will also be on campus. A fourth quarterback could join the fold as Max Wittek is leaning towards enrolling for graduate studies at Texas.
In the meantime, Swoopes has an opportunity to seize the momentum. The spring game is Apr. 19, and Swoopes will be able to showcase his talents without having to look over his shoulder. If there ever was a time to step forward and grab the reigns, now is that time.
In 2013, Jameis Winston was in a tight battle with Jacob Coker for the starting quarterback job in Tallahassee. A strong spring game propelled Winston into the starting role. All he did was lead Florida State to a BCS National Championship.
I’m not comparing Swoopes to Winston. They are two different types of players. Swoopes is trying to grasp a new offense. Reports from practice are he is still learning to read defenses. Swoopes is a gifted athlete who just needs more time and reps to learn the offense. He’ll get the lion’s share this week.
The quarterback position was unsettled coming into the spring. Unless Swoopes wows coaches and fans this week, it will remain unsettled going into the fall.