Sep 7, 2013; Provo, UT, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash (14) tries to get away from Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) during the first quarter at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Longhorns Headlines: Ash Cleared for Practice

Headlines and happenings from around Longhorn Nation. David Ash is back.

Ash has battled both injuries and skepticism during his time on campus. This year, however, many fans will be counting heavily on the senior signal caller. The good news for them is Ash has been cleared for practice.

Ash is expected to start when Texas opens its season on Aug. 30 when it hosts North Texas. His biggest threat to the job would be Tyrone Swoopes. Ash is the more experienced quarterback of the two however.

Ash isn’t the only Longhorn to be on the mend. Several of his teammates have been busy rehabbing injuries and will be back for fall practice.

Trainer Anthony Pass also cleared sophomore running back Johnathan Gray, who missed part of last season with an Achilles tendon injury. Senior linebacker Jordan Hicks, who had hip and Achilles tendon injuries the last two seasons, also has been cleared to practice. Texas starts the season under new coach Charlie Strong on Aug. 30 at home against North Texas.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby kicked off Big 12 Media Days by suggesting that if a school wants to cheat, it probably will get away with it.

“Cheating pays presently,” Bowlsby said, via the Dallas Morning News. “If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”

Quandre Diggs came back for his senior season to help bring the program back to greatness.

His return provides some senior leadership to a defense that will have its third defensive coordinator in the last two seasons. Diggs’ versatility give new defensive coordinator Vance Bedford a few options. Bedford can either put him on the boundary, where he has excelled as a shutdown corner his first two season on campus.

Another arrest helps give the Texas A&M Aggies the lead in offseason criminal activity. Maybe Kevin Sumlin needs to recruit better criminals.

Texas A&M currently leads all FBS schools in 2014 offseason criminality. A&M has seven. And counting.  Real arrests.  For things like burglary, felonious assault and wearing maroon sleeveless vests.

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